Dan Aykroyd Biography (1952-)

Full name, Daniel Edward Aykroyd; born July 1, 1952, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; immigrated to the United States, 1974, naturalized citizen; son of SamuelCuthbert Peter Hugh (a civil engineer and Canadian government official) andLorraine (a secretary; maiden name, Gougeon) Aykroyd; brother of Peter Aykroyd (a producer); married Donna Dixon (an actress), April 29, 1983; children: Danielle Alexandra, Belle Kingston, Stella Irene Augustus. Addresses: Agent: Fred Specktor, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Patricola Lust PR, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 530,Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Contact: 1180 South Beverly Dr., #618, Los Angeles, CA 90035; 12250 Addison St., Valley Village, CA 91607-3004.

Nationality
Canadian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, comedian, writer, producer
Birth Details
July 1, 1952
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Roy, Love at First Sight (also known as At First Sight andLove Is Blind), Movie Time, 1979
  • Sergeant Frank Tree, 1941 (also known as The Night the Japs Attacked), Universal, 1979
  • Jack Lord priest/himself, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, 1979
  • Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers, Universal, 1980
  • Vic, Neighbors, Columbia, 1981
  • Himself, It Came from Hollywood, Paramount, 1982
  • Clifford Skridlow (title role), Doctor Detroit, Universal, 1983
  • Louis Winthorpe III, Trading Places, Paramount, 1983
  • Passenger, "The Prologue," and ambulance driver, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," Twilight Zone--The Movie, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Dr. Raymond Stantz, Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984
  • Weber, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (also known as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Death), Paramount, 1984
  • Buck Heller, Nothing Lasts Forever, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Austin Millbarge, Spies Like Us, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Himself, We Are the World: The Video Event, 1985
  • Himself/various characters, The Best of John Belushi, 1985
  • Herb, Into the Night, Universal, 1985
  • Himself/highlighted characters, The Best of Dan Aykroyd, 1986
  • Joe Friday, Dragnet, Universal, 1987
  • John Burns, The Couch Trip, Orion, 1988
  • Dr. Steve Mills, My Stepmother Is an Alien, Columbia, 1988
  • Captain Tom Everett, Caddyshack II, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Roman Craig, The Great Outdoors, Universal, 1988
  • The Von Metz Incident, 1988
  • (Uncredited) Cameo appearance, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988
  • Dr. Raymond Stantz, Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989
  • Boolie Werthan, Driving Miss Daisy, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Ellis Fielding, Loose Cannons, TriStar, 1989
  • Johnny Lewis, Masters of Menace, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video,1991
  • Harry Sultenfuss, My Girl, Columbia, 1991
  • Judge Alvin "J. P." Valkenheiser/Bobo, Nothing But Trouble (also known as Valkenvania), Warner Bros., 1991
  • Mack Sennett, Chaplin (also known as Charlot), TriStar, 1992
  • Mother, Sneakers, Universal, 1992
  • Arnold Moss, This Is My Life, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Elwood Blues/himself, The Best of the Blues Brothers, 1993
  • Beldar Conehead/Donald R. DeCicco, Coneheads (also known as Coneheads-The Movie), Paramount, 1993
  • Pa Tex, North, Columbia, 1994
  • Harry Sultenfuss, My Girl 2, Columbia, 1994
  • Fred Lavery, Exit to Eden, Savoy, 1994
  • (Uncredited) Highway patrolman, Canadian Bacon, Gramercy, 1994
  • Himself, A Century of Cinema, 1994
  • Jack Lambert, Getting Away with Murder, Savoy, 1995
  • Voice of Dexter, The Random Factor, 1995
  • Sheriff Wyatt Hampton, Rainbow, Vine International/Allegro, 1995
  • Ray Zalinsky, Tommy Boy, Paramount, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Doctor Raymond Stantz, Casper, Universal, 1995
  • Colonel John Hall, Sgt. Bilko (also known as Sergeant Bilko), Universal, 1996
  • Jimmy Flaherty, Celtic Pride, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Ben Costikyan, Feeling Minnesota, Fine Line, 1996
  • William Haney, My Fellow Americans, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Himself, The Making of "1941," 1996
  • Mr. Grocer, Grosse Pointe Blank, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Himself, "Liberian Girl," Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film--Volume II, 1997
  • Bob, Susan's Plan (also known as Dying to Get Rich), 1998
  • Voice of Chip, Antz (animated; also known as Ants), DreamWorks, 1998
  • Elwood Blues, Blues Brothers 2000, Universal, 1998
  • Danny M125, Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies, NBC Studios,1998
  • Himself, Ghostbusters' SFX Team Featurette, 1999
  • Lance Agensky, Diamonds, 1999
  • Sundowning, 1999
  • Various characters, Saturday Night Live Christmas, Trimark Video,1999
  • Himself/Dr. Raymond Stantz, Ghostbusters 1999, 1999
  • Barry Levine, Stardom (also known as 15 Moments), 2000
  • Mr. Tanneck, Loser (also known as The Loser), Sony PicturesEntertainment, 2000
  • Charles Augustus "Gus" Trenor, The House of Mirth (also known as Chez les heureux du monde and Haus Bellomont), Sony Pictures Classics, 2000
  • Bob, Bob the Butler, 2000
  • Captain Thurman, Pearl Harbor (also known as Pearl Harbour), Buena Vista, 2001
  • Governor Lewis, Evolution, DreamWorks Distribution LLC, 2001
  • Chris Magruder, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (also known as Im Bann des Jade Skorpions), DreamWorks Distribution LLC, 2001
  • Himself, The Frank Truth, 2001
  • On the Nose, Capitol Films, 2001
  • Pete Wagner, Crossroads, Paramount, 2002
  • Max Beasley, Unconditional Love, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, One More Saturday Night, 1986
  • Supervising producer, The Best of Dan Aykroyd, 1986
  • Director, Nothing But Trouble (also known as Valkenvania),Warner Bros., 1991
  • Producer and music executive producer, Blues Brothers 2000, Universal, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Purvis Bickle, Coming Up Rosie, CBC, 1975-1976
  • Cast member, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's SaturdayNight, SNL, and Saturday Night), NBC, 1975-1979
  • Emcee and Elwood Blues, Live from the House of Blues, TBS, 1995
  • Host, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, syndicated, 1996-
  • Reverend Mike Weber, Soul Man (also known as Father's Day),ABC, 1997-1998
  • Miniseries
  • Crawford Gordon, The Arrow (also known as Projet arrow), CBC, 1997
  • Movies
  • Detective Inspector Jack Grill, Earth vs. the Spider, Cinemax, 2001
  • Specials
  • Voice of Goodly, Rotten, and Maple, The Gift of Winter, 1974
  • The Beach Boys Special, NBC, 1976
  • Adrian Jones, All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles), NBC, 1978
  • Elwood Blues, Things We Did Last Summer, NBC, 1978
  • Steve Martin's Best Show Ever, NBC, 1981
  • Host, The MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1984
  • Host, Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter (also known as Will Rogers: An American Hero), HBO, 1987
  • Host, Just the Facts, syndicated, 1987
  • Host, Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock, NBC, 1988
  • M & W: Men and Women, ABC, 1988
  • Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (also known as This Is Rock 'n' Roll), HBO, 1988
  • Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary, NBC, 1989
  • Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters, Fox, 1989
  • Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (also known as EarthDay Special), ABC, 1990
  • Seriously ... Phil Collins, CBS, 1990
  • Himself, Life of Python (also known as Life of Python: Monty Python 20th Anniversary Omnibus), Showtime, 1990
  • Presenter, The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1990
  • The David Thomas Comedy Show, CBS, 1990
  • Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration, ABC, 1992
  • An AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (also known as The 20th AnnualAmerican Film Institute Life Achievement Award), NBC, 1992
  • Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Robert Dole, Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash (also known as Saturday Night Live: Election Special), NBC, 1992
  • The American Music Awards, ABC, 1993
  • Himself and Elwood Blues, The Best of the Blues Brothers, The Disney Channel, 1993
  • Presenter, The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • John Belushi: Funny You Should Ask, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny, NBC, 1995
  • Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (also knownas AFI Salute to Steven Spielberg), NBC, 1995
  • Song performer, "We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • Comic Relief American Comedy Festival, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1996
  • Beldar Conehead, Danny M125, and various characters, Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin, NBC, 1999
  • Himself, Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special,NBC, 1999
  • Intimate Portrait: Fran Drescher, Lifetime, 1999
  • The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 1999
  • (Archive footage) Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, Saturday Night Live:Presidential Bash 2000, 2000
  • The True Story of Rasputin, History Channel, 2001
  • John Candy: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • The Concert for New York City, VH1, 2001
  • Also appeared in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, CBC; and Today Makes Me Nervous, CBC.
  • Pilots
  • Voice of Beldar Conehead, The Coneheads (animated), NBC, 1983
  • Frank Wozniak, "He Always Gets His Man," Normal, Ohio, Fox, 2000
  • Episodic
  • The Dave Thomas Comedy Show, CBS, 1990
  • Boolie, "Driving Miss Garry," It's Garry Shandling Show's, 1990
  • Unit Corporal, "Yellow," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1991
  • (Uncredited) Himself, "The Butler, the Husband, the Wife, and Her Mother," The Nanny, CBS, 1993
  • (Uncredited) Repairman, "Sunday in the Park with Fran," The Nanny,CBS, 1994
  • "John Belushi," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1995
  • "John Candy: A Tribute," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Narrator, Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996
  • "James Brown: The Godfather of Soul," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Mike Webber, "Losing My Religion," Home Improvement, ABC, 1997
  • Himself, "Blues Brothers Countdown," Top Ten Countdown on VH1, VH1, 1998
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1998
  • Danny Michalski, "Old Friends," According to Jim, ABC, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Characters creator, The Real Ghostbusters, 1986
  • Characters creator, Extreme Ghostbusters (animated), syndicated, 1997
  • Supervising producer, Soul Man, ABC, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Creative consultant, The Arrow (also known as Projet arrow), CBC, 1997
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared as Elwood Blues/host, House of Blues, syndicated.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • The Best of Dan Aykroyd, 1986
  • One More Saturday Night, 1986
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in music videos, including, "Liberian Girl," Michael Jackson; "In the Midnight Hour," B.B. King; "Ghostbusters," Ray Parker, Jr.; and "We Arethe World."
  • Albums
  • (With John Belushi, as The Blues Brothers) Briefcase Full of Blues, Atlantic, 1978
  • (With Belushi, as The Blues Brothers) Best of the Blues Brothers,Atlantic, 1980
  • The Definitive Collection, WEA/Atlantic, 1992
  • Blues Brothers, The Christopher/Emory Company Presents, 1995
  • Made in America, WEA/Atlantic, 1995
  • Other recordings with Belushi, as The Blues Brothers, include The Blues Brothers (soundtrack) and The Essential Blues Brothers; also recorded Saturday Night Live, for Arista.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With John Landis) The Blues Brothers, Universal, 1980
  • (With Harold Ramis) Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984
  • (With Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) Spies Like Us, Warner Bros.,1985
  • The Best of John Belushi, 1985
  • The Best of Dan Akroyd, 1986
  • (With Alan Zweibel and Tom Mankiewicz) Dragnet, Universal, 1987
  • (With Ramis) Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989
  • Nothing But Trouble (also known as Valkenvania), Warner Bros., 1991
  • Coneheads (also known as Coneheads-The Movie), Paramount, 1993
  • The Best of the Blues Brothers, 1993
  • Blues Brothers 2000, Universal, 1998
  • Television Episodes
  • Everything Goes, 1973
  • Coming Up Rosie, CBC, 1975-1976
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, SNL, and Saturday Night), NBC, 1975-1979
  • Television Specials
  • The Beach Boys Special, NBC, 1976
  • Steve Martin's Best Show Ever, NBC, 1981
  • Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock, NBC, 1988
  • The Best of the Blues Brothers, The Disney Channel, 1993
  • Other Writings
  • Guest columnist, Premiere, 1992-?

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 26, 1996, p. 10
    • Maclean's, July 26, 1993, p. 36; January 29, 1996, p. 40; January13, 1997, p. 53
    • People Weekly, May 16, 1994, p. 122; April 21, 1997, p. 176; December 15, 1997, p. 15
    • Playboy, August, 1993, p. 53; April 29, 1996, p. 128; April 21, 1997, p. 176

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