July 1, 1952
69 years old
Canada - U.S.
6 ft 1 in | 185 cm
109 kg | 241 lbs
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.
He played Raymond "Ray" Stantz in supernatural comedy movies:
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 and Donna Dixon
The Great Outdoors (1988) comedy with John Candy and Stephanie Faracy
Dragnet (1987) buddy cop comedy with Tom Hanks and Alexandra Paul
1941 (1979) comedy directed by Steven Spielberg
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) zombie comedy, opposite Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone
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
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 and Loughborough Lake, Canada.
Has been engaged to Carrie Fisher (1979-1981).
He married actress Donna Dixon (1983), they have three daughters.