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Dan Aykroyd
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Born
Daniel Edward Aykroyd

July 1, 1952
Spouse(s) Donna Dixon

Daniel Edward Aykroyd (born in Ottawa on July 1, 1952) is a Canadian actor in theater and motion pictures. He also is a script writer, director and producer

Short biography

Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His parents were Peter and Lorraine Aykroyd. He studied criminology and social science at Carleton University. He dropped out to join a Toronto acting company. Later he went to the United States to pursue his acting career in movies.

Dan Aykroyd is a dedicated Blues fan. For some time he hosted a radio program. He used the alias Elwood Blues. This alias he would later use in the motion pictures The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000. The first of these movies was co-starred by John Belushi, the second one by John Goodman.

Aykroyd is married to Donna Dixon. They are parents of 3 daughters. Dan's brother Peter Ayrkroyd is a researcher.

Accolades

Dan Aykroyd Star on Canada's Walk of Fame
Aykroyd's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

In 1977, Aykroyd received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series for his collaborative work on Saturday Night Live. In 1994, he received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Carleton University. In 1999, Aykroyd was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2002. In 2017, he was made a member of the Order of Ontario in recognition for being "one of the world's most popular entertainers, well-known for his time on Saturday Night Live and the 1984 classic movie Ghostbusters".

Awards and nominations
Year Association Category Work Result
1977 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy – Variety or Music Series
(shared with the other writers)
Saturday Night Live Won
1978–1979 Saturday Night Live Nominated
1978 Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Won
1989 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Driving Miss Daisy Nominated

Filmography

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Blues Brothers graffiti

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Love at First Sight Roy
1979 Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Jack Lord Priest / Himself
1941 Sgt. Frank Tree
1980 Blues Brothers, TheThe Blues Brothers Elwood J. Blues Also writer
1981 Neighbors Vic Zeck
1982 It Came from Hollywood Himself Documentary
1983 Doctor Detroit Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit
Trading Places Louis Winthorpe III
Twilight Zone: The Movie Passenger / Ambulance Driver
1984 Ghostbusters Dr. Raymond Stantz Also writer
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Art Weber Cameo
Nothing Lasts Forever Buck Heller
1985 Into the Night Herb
Spies Like Us Austin Millbarge Also writer
1987 Dragnet Sgt. Joe Friday
1988 Couch Trip, TheThe Couch Trip John W. Burns, Jr.
Great Outdoors, TheThe Great Outdoors Roman Craig
Caddyshack II Capt. Tom Everett
My Stepmother Is an Alien Steven Mills
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Boolie Werthan
Ghostbusters II Dr. Raymond Stantz Also writer
1990 Loose Cannons Ellis Fielding
Masters of Menace Johnny Lewis
1991 My Girl Harry Sultenfuss
Nothing but Trouble Judge Alvin 'J.P' Valkenheiser/Bobo Also writer and director
1992 Chaplin Mack Sennett
Sneakers Mother
This Is My Life Arnold Moss
1993 Coneheads Beldar Conehead Also writer
1994 Century of Cinema, AA Century of Cinema Himself Documentary
Exit to Eden Fred Lavery
My Girl 2 Harry Sultenfuss
North Pa Tex
1995 Canadian Bacon OPP Officer Uncredited cameo
Casper Dr. Raymond Stantz Uncredited cameo
Random Factor, TheThe Random Factor Dexter Voice role
Tommy Boy Ray Zalinsky
1996 Rainbow Sheriff Wyatt Hampton
Celtic Pride Jimmy Flaherty
Feeling Minnesota Det. Ben Costikyan
My Fellow Americans President William Haney
Getting Away with Murder Jack Lambert
Sgt. Bilko Colonel John T. Hall
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Grocer
1998 Antz Chip Voice role
Blues Brothers 2000 Elwood J. Blues Also writer and producer
Susan's Plan Bob
1999 Diamonds Lance Agensky
2000 House of Mirth, TheThe House of Mirth Gus Trenor
Loser Dad
Stardom Barry Levine
2001 Curse of the Jade Scorpion, TheThe Curse of the Jade Scorpion Chris Magruder
Evolution Governor Lewis
Frank Truth, TheThe Frank Truth Himself Documentary
On the Nose Dr. Barry Davis
Pearl Harbor Capt. Thurman
2002 Crossroads Pete Wagner
Unconditional Love Max Beasly
2003 Bright Young Things Lord Monomark
Shortcut to Happiness Julius Jenson
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Vic Frohmeyer
50 First Dates Dr. Joseph Keats
Intern Academy Dr. Cyrill Kipp
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Captain Phineas Tucker
2008 War, Inc. Mr. Vice President
2010 Yogi Bear Yogi Bear Voice role
2012 The Campaign Wade Motch
The Ultimate Sacrifice Narrator Voice
Documentary
2013 Behind the Candelabra Seymour Heller
2014 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Scarecrow Voice role
Tammy Don
Get on Up Ben Bart
2015 Pixels 1982 Championship MC Cameo
2016 Ghostbusters Taxi Driver Cameo
Also executive producer
2019 Zombieland: Double Tap Himself Post-production
2020 Ghostbusters 2020 Dr. Raymond Stantz Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Gift of Winter, TheThe Gift of Winter Goodly / Rotten / Maple (voices) Television short
1975 Coming Up Rosie Purvis Bickle
1975–1979 Saturday Night Live Various roles 76 episodes
1976 Beach Boys: It's OK, TheThe Beach Boys: It's OK Cop Television film; also writer
1978 All You Need Is Cash Brian Thigh Television film
1986–1991 Real Ghostbusters, TheThe Real Ghostbusters Creator
1990 Dave Thomas Comedy Show, TheThe Dave Thomas Comedy Show Various Episode 1.2
It's Garry Shandling's Show Boolie Shandling Episode: "Driving Miss Garry"
The Earth Day Special Vic's Buddy Special
1991 Tales from the Crypt Captain Mulligan Episode: "Yellow"
1994 Nanny, TheThe Nanny Repair Man Episode: "Sunday in the Park with Fran"
1995 Kesley Grammar Salutes Jack Benny Himself Special
1996–2000 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Himself (host) 88 episodes
1997 Arrow, TheThe Arrow Crawford Gordon 4 episodes; also creative consultant
1997 Home Improvement Rev. Mike Weber Episode: "Losing My Religion"
1997–1998 Soul Man Rev. Mike Weber 25 episodes
2000 Normal, Ohio Frank Wozniak Episode: "He Always Gets His Man"
2001 Earth vs. the Spider Det. Insp. Jack Grillo Television film
History's Mysteries Narrator (voice) Episode: "The Children's Crusade"
2002–2004
2009
According to Jim Danny Michalsky 5 episodes
2006 Living with Fran Judge Episode: "Going Crazy with Fran"
2009 Family Guy Himself (voice) Episode: "Spies Reminiscent of Us"
2011 Defenders, TheThe Defenders Judge Max Hunter 2 episodes
2012 Happily Divorced Harold Episode: "Fran-alyze This"
2017–2019 Workin' Moms Kate's Dad 4 episodes
2019 The Conners

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