/ : Dan Aykroyd


Birth Name: Daniel Edward Aykroyd
Birthdate: July 1, 1952
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Musician, Comedian, Producer
Quote: "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." - New York Vue, Daily News, April 13-19, 1997
 
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Claim to Fame: Costarred with close friend and collaborator John Belushi in the rock'n'roll comedy The Blues Brothers (1980), which he wrote with director John Landis

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Maureen Lewis; married in 1974; divorced
Wife: Donna Dixon, actress; married in 1984

Family:
Grandfather: Canadian mountie
Father: Peter Hugh Aykroyd, Canadian government official
Mother: Lorraine Aykroyd (née Gougeon)
Brother: Peter, producer; involved in the animated series of The Blues Brothers (provided voice of Elwood Blues)
Son: Mark; mother, Maureen Lewis
Son: Lloyd; mother, Maureen Lewis
Son: Oscar; mother, Maureen Lewis
Daughter: Danielle Alexandra; born November 18, 1989; mother, Donna Dixon
Daughter: Belle Kingston; born June 9, 1993; mother, Donna Dixon
Daughter: Stella Irene Augustus; born April 5, 1998; mother, Donna Dixon

Biography
Ayroyd is arguably the most formidable talent to emerge from "The Not Ready for Prime-Time Players," the celebrated original ensemble of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (1975-79). A surprisingly anonymous and protean writer-performer amid a cast that boasted several strong personalities, this Canadian-born performer specialized in character-based sketch comedy, displaying a flair for inspired mimicry with indelible impressions of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon, as well as chef Julia Child. 5Aykroyd broke through in films partnered with close friend and collaborator John Belushi in the comparably gargantuan rock'n'roll comedy "The Blues Brothers" (1980). The concept was simple--two white guys who admired and emulated black bluesmen--but it provided plenty of mileage, spawning albums and a ten-city tour. He went on to become a familiar face in 80s film comedy where he sometimes headlined ("Doctor Detroit" 1982; "My Stepmother Is an Alien" 1988) but more often shared the lead with comparable celebrities in a wildly variable series of films: Belushi in "Neighbors" (1981); Eddie Murphy in John Landis' "Trading Places" (1983); Chevy Chase in Landis' "Spies Like Us" (1985); and Tom Hanks in "Dragnet" (1987). Lacking a distinct comic persona, Aykroyd is most effective in character bits or playing highly stylized characters. A prime example of the former is his splendid comic duet with Albert Brooks in the Landis-directed shaggy dog prologue to "Twilight Zone - The Movie" (1983) while his hilariously uptight Joe Friday in "Dragnet" may be his most sustained performance. As a screenwriter and performer, his biggest 80s hits were the blockbuster supernatural comedy "Ghostbusters" (1984) and its popular 1989 sequel. The late 80s marked a change in direction in Aykroyd's film career. Now amiably beefy, the once lean middle-aged performer effectively transformed his screen image and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination with his first (mostly) dramatic role as the dutiful son in "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989). Now a respected character actor in various genres in 90s Hollywood movies, he proved relatively restrained as the widowed father of a young girl in the comedy-drama "My Girl" (1991) and its 1994 sequel. In 1992 alone, Aykroyd provided sturdy support to ascendant comic Julie Kavner as her eccentric manager in "This Is My Life", meshed well with Robert Redford and a talented ensemble in the caper comedy "Sneakers", and even proved an acceptable Mack Sennett in the underperforming biopic "Chaplin". Aykroyd hasn't fared as well with comedies since the late 80s. His critically-despised debut as a writer-director, "Nothing But Trouble" (1991) generated nothing but apathy at the box office. He scripted and starred in the feature length version of "Coneheads" (1993) but the magic (and audience) was gone.

Filmography
Crossroads (2002)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Evolution (2001)
On The Nose (2001)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Loser (2000)
Stardom (2000)
The House of Mirth (2000)
Diamonds (1999)
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 (1999)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Antz (1998)
Susan's Plan (1998)
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Celtic Pride (1996)
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
My Fellow Americans (1996)
Feeling Minnesota (1996)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Casper (1995)
Getting Away with Murder (1995)
Rainbow (1995)
The Random Factor (1995)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Steven Spielberg (1995)
My Girl 2 (1994)
North (1994)
Canadian Bacon (1994)
Exit to Eden (1994)
Coneheads (1993)
Chaplin (1992)
Sneakers (1992)
This is My Life (1992)
My Girl (1991)
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
The Earth Day Special (1990)
Loose Cannons (1990)
Masters of Menace (1990)
The Best of Gilda Radner (1989)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Caddyshack II (1988)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter (1988)
The Best of Chevy Chase (1987)
The Couch Trip (1987)
Dragnet (1987)
The Best of Dan Aykroyd (1986)
Comedy Music Videos (1986)
One More Saturday Night (1986)
The Best of John Belushi (1985)
Into the Night (1985)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
Doctor Detroit (1983)
Trading Places (1983)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
It Came from Hollywood (1982)
Neighbors (1981)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Rodney Dangerfield (1980)
Best of Saturday Night Live: The Coneheads (197?)
Saturday Night Live, Vol. 1 (197?)
Saturday Night Live, Vol. 2 (197?)
1941 (1979)
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Eric Idle, Vol. 2 (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Gary Busey (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Michael Palin (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Richard Benjamin (1979)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Robert Klein (1979)
All You Need is Cash (1978)
Things We Did Last Summer (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Buck Henry (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Carrie Fisher (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Steve Martin, Vol. 1 (1978)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Steve Martin, Vol. 2 (1978)
Love at First Sight (1977)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Charles Grodin (1977)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Ray Charles (1977)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Sissy Spacek (1977)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Elliott Gould (1976)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Eric Idle, Vol. 1 (1976)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Madeline Kahn (1976)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: George Carlin (1975)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Lily Tomlin (1975)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Richard Pryor (1975)
Saturday Night Live with Guest Host: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (1975)
The Gift of Winter (1974)
 

Awards:
1976/77: Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series, Saturday Night Live (shared with 13 other writers)

Factoids:
Wrote a third Ghostbusters film (with Harold Ramis)

Education:
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; majored in psychology, political science and criminal sociology
Active in the Sock and Buskin Drama Guild


 

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