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Also Known As: Daniel Edward Aykroyd, Danny Aykroyd Died:
Born: July 1, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer

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Arguably the most formidable talent to emerge from the original ensemble of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Canadian Dan Aykroyd enjoyed sustained success as a writer, actor and director, decades after his crucial role establishing the groundbreaking late night comedy show. He was beloved for his classic characterizations of white toast-eating Elwood Blues in "The Blues Brothers" (1980), humbled stock trader Louis Winthorpe III in "Trading Places" (1983), and enthusiastic parapsychologist Ray Stantz in "Ghostbusters" (1984), as well as remaining a fixture in American cinema - sometimes taking heat for a misstep in judgment ("Exit to Eden," 1994); other times surprising by taking home an Academy Award nomination ("Driving Miss Daisy," 1989). The tireless actor, writer, and musician also evolved into a successful businessman, known the world round for his partnership in the "House of Blues" chain of nightclubs and the founding of his own Canadian winery. But it was his eccentric run on "SNL" during its golden first years - as well as his formidable onscreen partnership with real-life best friend, John Belushi - that would remain perhaps his greatest comedic legacy. ...

Arguably the most formidable talent to emerge from the original ensemble of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Canadian Dan Aykroyd enjoyed sustained success as a writer, actor and director, decades after his crucial role establishing the groundbreaking late night comedy show. He was beloved for his classic characterizations of white toast-eating Elwood Blues in "The Blues Brothers" (1980), humbled stock trader Louis Winthorpe III in "Trading Places" (1983), and enthusiastic parapsychologist Ray Stantz in "Ghostbusters" (1984), as well as remaining a fixture in American cinema - sometimes taking heat for a misstep in judgment ("Exit to Eden," 1994); other times surprising by taking home an Academy Award nomination ("Driving Miss Daisy," 1989). The tireless actor, writer, and musician also evolved into a successful businessman, known the world round for his partnership in the "House of Blues" chain of nightclubs and the founding of his own Canadian winery. But it was his eccentric run on "SNL" during its golden first years - as well as his formidable onscreen partnership with real-life best friend, John Belushi - that would remain perhaps his greatest comedic legacy.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Nothing But Trouble (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Dorothy of Oz (2014)
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 Tammy (2014)
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 Campaign, The (2012)
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 Yogi Bear (2010)
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 War, Inc. (2008)
9.
 50 First Dates (2004) Dr Keats
10.
 Intern Academy (2004)
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1972:
Produced, co-wrote, and acted in a series of 15-minute comedy shows entitled "A Change for a Quarter" for a private cable company
1972:
Joined Second City comedy troupe; wrote and performed for the Toronto and Chicago companies
1973:
Worked as a writer on "Everything Goes", a syndicated Canadian variety/talk show
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Co-wrote and co-starred in "Coming Up Rosie", a children's program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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Worked as a pitchman on a Canadian cable TV station
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Performed as the announcer in "Greed", a live variety show produced by Ivan Reitman for Canadian TV
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Feature film acting and co-writing debut, "Love at First Sight", a Canadian production (released in 1977)
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Ran an after-hours bistro, Club 505, with a couple of friends
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Was an original member of the Not Ready for Prime-Time Players on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
1976:
Wrote for and appeared on "The Beach Boys Special"
1979:
US film debut, Steven Spielberg's "1941"
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Formed The Blues Brothers Band with "Saturday Night Live" co-star John Belushi
1979:
Recorded the album "Briefcase Full of Blues" with Belushi
1979:
Embarked on a live ten-city tour with Belushi and The Blues Brothers Band
1980:
First Hollwood screenplay (shared credit with director John Landis), "The Blues Brothers"
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Released "Made in America", a live Blues Brothers album
1983:
Provided the voice of Beldar Conehead on "The Coneheads", an unsold animated pilot
1984:
Co-wrote and co-starred in the hugely popular comedy feature, "Ghostbusters"
1986:
Debut as executive producer, "One More Saturday Night", a film for video and cable markets
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Received a co-creator credit on "The Real Ghostbusters", ABC's animated children's series
1989:
First largely dramatic supporting role, "Driving Miss Daisy"; garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
1991:
Feature directing debut, "Nothing But Trouble"
1991:
Rare TV guest spot, "Yellow", an episode of "Tales From the Crypt", directed by Robert Zemeckis
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Served on the Board of Directors for the House of Blues, a restaurant-nightclub-entertainment company he co-founded with Isaac Tigrett (co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe)
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Hosted the House of Blues Radio Hour
1996:
Played US President William Haney in "My Fellow Americans", starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner
1996:
Hosted the syndicated TV program "PSI Factor", which chronicles paranormal activities; one of show's executive producers was Aykroyd's brother Peter
1997:
Sparkled as a hit man in "Grosse Pointe Blank"
1997:
Made primetime TV series debut as regular, lead role in the ABC sitcom "Soul Man"
1998:
Served as creative consultant on animated series "The Blues Brothers", a mid-season replacement on the UPN Network; John Belushi's widow Judith Belushi Pisano and husband Victor Pisano also received credit as creative consultants
1998:
Co-wrote (with director John Landis) and starred in "Blues Brothers 2000"; John Goodman replaced the late John Belushi as his partner in blue; also produced
1999:
Portrayed the journalist son of a former boxer (Kirk Douglas) in "Diamonds"
2000:
Co-starred in Denys Arcand's "Stardom"
2000:
Offered villainous turn as Gus Trenor in "The House of Mirth"
2001:
Had featured role in "Pearl Harbor"
2001:
Co-starred in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"
2002:
Cast as Britney Spears' father in "Crossroads"
2002:
Played Kathy Bates' husband in "Unconditional Love"
2003:
Cast in "Bright Young Things" an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies"
2004:
Cast as a neurologist opposite Drew Barrymore in "50 First Dates"
2004:
Cast opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks" directed by Joe Roth
2007:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Kevin James in the comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"
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Education

Carleton University: Ottawa , Ontario -
Carleton University: Ottawa , Ontario -

Notes

Aykroyd is a part owner of the Hard Rock Cafes.

He and his wife Donna Dixon have a farm in Canada where they harvest wheat and barley.

The grandson of a Canadian Mountie, Aykroyd studied criminology in college and remains a crime buff.

"It was well known that at 'Saturday Night Live' I sampled all the drugs that were passed across the desks, but I never really liked it too much. Growing up in the '60s and '70s, there was a sort of selfish license to go and try that stuff. I've dispensed with all that; I'm more of a fine red wine guy now. I never had that love of coke that John [Belushi] did. He had big appetites. I've lost some beautiful friends... Alex Taylor (James Taylor's brother), River Phoenix... I've had a lot of people go before me."---Dan Aykroyd in DAILY NEWS, April 13-19, 1997.

Many sources have listed Aykroyd as being married to a Maureen Lewis in 1974 and the father of three sons, Mark, Lloyd and Oscar. Aykroyd alleges, "That's misinformation," and explains, "Who's Who is such an elitist rag and my socialist tendencies bridled against being asked to be in it so when they sent me the form I made up all kinds of stuff."

"I will give $25 million to anyone who can find that family and bring the three kids and the wife to me."---Aykroyd quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, October 20, 2000.

"Every time you walk on a set, every time you walk on a concert stage, every time you go in front of a radio mike, when they say 'Rolling,' you still Shit. But that's why we do what we do, that's why it's like a battle. You don't know if you're going to wipe out or soar."---Dan Aykroyd to Premiere, November 2004.

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wife:
Donna Dixon. Actor. Married in 1984.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Hugh Aykroyd. Canadian government official.
mother:
Lorraine Aykroyd.
brother:
Peter Aykroyd. Producer. Involved in the animated series of the "Blues Brothers" (provided voice of Elwood Blues).
daughter:
Danielle Alexandra Aykroyd. Born November 18, 1989; mother, Donna Dixon.
daughter:
Belle Kingston Aykroyd. Born June 9, 1993; mother, Donna Dixon.
daughter:
Stella Irene Augustus Aykroyd. Born on April 5, 1998.
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