Dan Aykroyd

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (127)

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

Ben Bart (Actor)

Hitting the Wall 2014 (Movie)

Floont Artney (Actor)

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 (Movie)

The Scarecrow (Voice)

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

Seymour Heller (Actor)

Happily Divorced 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

Wade Motch (Actor)

The Defenders 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yogi Bear 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Yogi Bear (Actor)

According to Jim 1977 - 1980, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2004, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

Mr. Vice President (Actor)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

Captain P. Tucker (Actor)

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

Julius Jenson (Actor)

Living with Fran 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

Dr Keats (Actor)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Lord Monomark (Actor)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Vic Frohmeyer (Actor)

Unseen Untold: The Blues Brothers 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1977 - 1980, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intern Academy 2003 (Movie)

Dr. Cyrill Kipp (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1980, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Man 1977 - 1980, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1977 - 1980, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossroads 2002 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Evolution 2001 (Movie)

Governor Lewis (Actor)

John Candy: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Nose 2001 (Movie)

Medical College Dean (Actor)

PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

Captain Thurman (Actor)

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

Chris Magruder (Actor)

The True Story of Rasputin 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Loser 2000 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Stardom 2000 (Movie)

Barry Levine (Actor)

The House of Mirth 2000 (Movie)

Gus Trenor (Actor)

Diamonds 1999 (Movie)

Lance Agensky (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Fran Drescher 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Susan's Plan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Antz 1998 (Movie)

of Chip (Voice)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Elwood Blues (Actor)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

Grocer (Actor)

Rainbow 1997 (Movie)

Sheriff Wyatt Hampton (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

Jimmy Flaherty (Actor)

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Feeling Minnesota 1996 (Movie)

Ben Costikyan (Actor)

Getting Away With Murder 1996 (Movie)

Jack Lambert (Actor)

James Brown: The Godfather of Soul 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Live From the House of Blues 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

William Haney (Actor)

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

Colonel Hall (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

John Candy: A Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tommy Boy 1995 (Movie)

Zalinksy (Actor)

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

John Belushi: Funny You Should Ask 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

My Girl 2 1994 (Movie)

Harry Sultenfuss (Actor)

North 1994 (Movie)

Pa Tex (Actor)

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Beldar Conehead (Actor)

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Mack Sennett (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

Arnold Moss (Actor)

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

Harry Sultenfuss (Actor)

Nothing But Trouble 1991 (Movie)

J P (Actor)

Seriously... Phil Collins 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Yellow 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

Ellis (Actor)

Masters of Menace 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/04/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

Boolie Werthan (Actor)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Dr Raymond Stantz (Actor)

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

Capt. Tom Everett (Actor)

M & W Men and Women 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

My Stepmother Is An Alien 1988 (Movie)

Dr Steve Mills (Actor)

The Couch Trip 1988 (Movie)

John Burns (Actor)

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

Roman (Actor)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

Joe Friday (Actor)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Herb (Actor)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Austin Millbarge (Actor)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

Dr Raymond Stantz (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

Weber (Actor)

The Coneheads 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Voice

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Louis Winthorpe III (Actor)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

Ambulance Driver (Actor)

It Came From Hollywood 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

Clifford Skridlow (Actor)

Neighbors 1981 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Nothing Lasts Forever 1981 (Movie)

Buck Heller (Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Elwood Blues (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Sergeant Tree (Actor)

Mr. Mike's Mondo Video 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love at First Sight 1977 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

The Beach Boys Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Vs. the Spider (TV Show)

Actor

Just the Facts (TV Show)

Actor

Things We Did Last Summer (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (14)

Extreme Ghostbusters 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

from screenplay("The Blues Brothers") (From Story)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nothing But Trouble 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Halloween Door 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Everything Goes 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer
Music (5)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

("Cheaper to Keep Her" "Looking for a Fox" "Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)" "Funky Nassau" "Turn on Your Love Light") (Song Performer)

"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

("Loose Cannons" "Pleasure and Love") (Song Performer)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

("City of Crime") (Song Performer)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

(Song)
Producer (2)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

One More Saturday Night 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Nothing But Trouble 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Danielle Aykroyd Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 18, 1989; mother, Donna Dixon

Peter Aykroyd

Father

Lorraine Aykroyd

Mother

Peter Aykroyd Actor

Brother

Belle Aykroyd

Daughter
Born June 9, 1993; mother, Donna Dixon

Stella Aykroyd

Daughter
Born April 5, 1998; mother, Donna Dixon

Donna Dixon Actor

Wife
Married April 29, 1983

Carrie Fisher Actor

Companion
Met when Fisher hosted an episode of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) Engaged while filming "The Blues Brothers" (1980) No longer together

Rosie Shuster Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1977; lived together while she was still married to Lorne Michaels No longer together

EDUCATION

Carleton University

Ottawa , Ontario
active in the Sock and Buskin Drama Guild

Carleton University

Ottawa , Ontario
active in the Sock and Buskin Drama Guild

Milestones

2007

Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Kevin James in the comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"

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

2003

Cast in "Bright Young Things" an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies"

2002

Cast as Britney Spears' father in "Crossroads"

2002

Played Kathy Bates' husband in "Unconditional Love"

2001

Had featured role in "Pearl Harbor"

2001

Co-starred in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"

2000

Offered villainous turn as Gus Trenor in "The House of Mirth"

2000

Co-starred in Denys Arcand's "Stardom"

1999

Portrayed the journalist son of a former boxer (Kirk Douglas) in "Diamonds"

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

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

1997

Made primetime TV series debut as regular, lead role in the ABC sitcom "Soul Man"

1997

Sparkled as a hit man in "Grosse Pointe Blank"

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

1991

Feature directing debut, "Nothing But Trouble"

1991

Rare TV guest spot, "Yellow", an episode of "Tales From the Crypt", directed by Robert Zemeckis

1989

First largely dramatic supporting role, "Driving Miss Daisy"; garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1986

Debut as executive producer, "One More Saturday Night", a film for video and cable markets

1984

Co-wrote and co-starred in the hugely popular comedy feature, "Ghostbusters"

1983

Provided the voice of Beldar Conehead on "The Coneheads", an unsold animated pilot

1980

First Hollwood screenplay (shared credit with director John Landis), "The Blues Brothers"

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

1979

US film debut, Steven Spielberg's "1941"

1976

Wrote for and appeared on "The Beach Boys Special"

1973

Worked as a writer on "Everything Goes", a syndicated Canadian variety/talk show

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

Was an original member of the Not Ready for Prime-Time Players on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

Ran an after-hours bistro, Club 505, with a couple of friends

Formed The Blues Brothers Band with "Saturday Night Live" co-star John Belushi

Received a co-creator credit on "The Real Ghostbusters", ABC's animated children's series

Feature film acting and co-writing debut, "Love at First Sight", a Canadian production (released in 1977)

Worked as a pitchman on a Canadian cable TV station

Hosted the House of Blues Radio Hour

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)

Performed as the announcer in "Greed", a live variety show produced by Ivan Reitman for Canadian TV

Co-wrote and co-starred in "Coming Up Rosie", a children's program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Released "Made in America", a live Blues Brothers album

Bonus Trivia

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Aykroyd is a part owner of the Hard Rock Cafes.

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

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

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"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.

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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.

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"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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