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Dan Aykroyd

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Birth Date

July 1, 1952

Nationality

Canada - U.S.

Sun Sign

Cancer

Natural hair color

Light brown

Eye color

Dark brown

Height

6 ft 1 in | 185 cm

Dan Aykroyd young photos

Weight

109 kg | 241 lbs

Shoe size

Not available

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on July 1, 1952, is an Canadian American actor, comedian and musician.

Young Dan Aykroyd first started performing as a comedian in Canadian nightclubs.

He was a member of Second City Stage Troupe in Toronto and Chicago (1973).

He got his television debut in the Canadian variety show The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour (1970-1971).

He landed his first big break with a various roles in Saturday Night Live (1975-1979) in 76 episodes.

He made his big screen debut in Canadian romantic comedy film Love at First Sight (1977) in role as Roy.

Dan's breakthrough performance came as Elwood J. Blues in musical comedy movie The Blues Brothers (1976) opposite John Belushi.

He released debut album with The Blues Brothers "Briefcase Full of Blues" in 1978.

New Movies

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) fantasy comedy in role as Dr. Raymond Stantz

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) zombie comedy, opposite Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone

Best Movies

He played Raymond "Ray" Stantz in supernatural comedy movies:

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Ghostbusters (2016) in role as Taxi Driver

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Boolie Werthan in comedy drama film Driving Miss Daisy (1989).

Trading Places (1983) comedy opposite Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis

My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) comic science fiction with Kim Basinger

Nothing But Trouble (1991) horror comedy opposite Chevy Chase, Demi Moore and John Candy

Loose Cannons (1990) comedy with Gene Hackman

Coneheads (1993) science fiction comedy opposite Adam Sandler and Jane Curtin

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) crime comedy with John Cusack and Minnie Driver

Sneakers (1992) comedy caper opposite Robert Redford and River Phoenix

Chaplin (1992) biographical comedy drama with Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Hopkins and Milla Jovovich

Tommy Boy (1995) road comedy opposite Chris Farley and Bo Derek

Spies Like Us (1985) comedy opposite Chevy Chase

The Great Outdoors (1988) comedy with John Candy

Dragnet (1987) buddy cop comedy with Tom Hanks

1941 (1979) comedy directed by Steven Spielberg

TV Shows

He won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Saturday Night Live (1977).

He won a Primetime Emmy Awards for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Saturday Night Live (1978).

He hosted Canadian science fiction drama television series Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996–2000).

He played Crawford Gordon in CBC miniseries The Arrow (1997).

Soul Man (1997-1998) ABC sitcom in role as Rev. Mike Weber

He had a recurring role as Danny Michalsky in ABC sitcomm According to Jim (2002–2004, 2009).

The Defenders (2011) CBS legal comedy drama series in role as Judge Max Hunter

Workin' Moms (2017-2019) Canadian television sitcom in role as Kate's Dad

Facts

Attended St. Pius X and St. Patrick's high schools in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Studied criminology and sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Has English, Irish/Scottish, Dutch, French and French-Canadian ancestry.

Has a brother, Peter.

He wrote the screenplay for films The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters.

He is an avid blues fan.

Aykroyd considers himself a Spiritualist.

He has played harmonica since he was 17 years old.

He founded with John Belushi blues and soul revivalist band "The Blues Brothers" in 1978.

He was close friend with John Belushi.

Has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame (2002).

He co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand.

Big fan of The Beach Boys.

He received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Carleton University in 1994.

Received the Order of Canada in 1999.

Big fan of Paleontology and natural history.

Member of Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.

Lives in Sydenham, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada and Loughborough Lake, Eastern Ontario, Canada.

Relationships

Has been engaged to Carrie Fisher (1979-1981).

He married actress Donna Dixon (1983), they have three daughters.

Quotes

The entertainment business is not the be-all and end-all for me.

My attitude has always been, "Hey, wouldn't it be funny if". If this makes me laugh maybe somebody else will laugh at it, too. That's really where I've always come from. My whole thing is to entertain, make people laugh and to forget about the real world for awhile. It's not always easy doing that. I'm never completely happy with anything I've done. If I've been successful with 80 percent of everything I've done, then I'm doing all right by the audience and myself.

I live in a high rise with my family part of the year in New York and I don't know three quarters of the people in the building. We live in the same square-footage and I wouldn't know who they were.

Have I personally ever seen a ghost? Not one.

I've always been a big fan of science fiction and of the worlds of the spiritual and the mystic.

Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial.

I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me.

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