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Dan Aykroyd

Dan AykroydAKA Daniel Edward Aykroyd

Born: 1-Jul-1952
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Saturday Night Live, Dr. Detroit

As a young man, Dan Aykroyd was a postal worker. His first success on the verge of show business came in 1972, when he produced, wrote, and appeared in Change for a Quarter, a no-budget 15-minute cable comedy show. Later that year he was invited to join the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto, where he stayed through 1974. After that, Aykroyd was an original Not Ready for Prime-Time Player on NBC's Saturday Night Live, alongside Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, and Aykroyd's best friend from Second City, John Belushi. On Saturday Night Live, Aykroyd did impressions of Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Julia Child. He was the patriarch of The Coneheads, and a wild and crazy guy alongside Steve Martin. But Aykroyd is best remembered from SNL as Elwood Blues.

Aykroyd always sincerely loved the blues. As a teen, he once jammed with Muddy Waters, when Aykroyd attended a show and Waters's drummer, S. B. Leary, disappeared into the men's room for half an hour. Young Aykroyd drummed for two songs, and described it as a dream come true. Later in life, Aykroyd's financial contributions helped launch the House of Blues chain. Viewers first heard the Blues Brothers on SNL on 17 January 1976. Paul Shaffer was the duo's musical director, so it sounded good. After that, Aykroyd & Belushi often warmed up the audience as the Blues Brothers before SNL telecasts, even on nights when the Blues Brothers weren't in the show. In 1978, they opened for Steve Martin's stand-up act at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, toured as the Blues Brothers, and recorded their album, Briefcase Full of Blues. Aykroyd was co-writer of their hit movie, The Blues Brothers (1980).

After Belushi's 1982 death, Aykroyd has said it was difficult to laugh, impossible to do comedy, and unthinkable to sing. He felt as if he had lost a real brother. At Belushi's memorial service, Aykroyd played a tape recording of "2000-Pound Bee", fulfilling a semi-joking promise Aykroyd & Belushi had made to each other. Aykroyd has since resumed being funny, and even sang in the ill-advised Jake-free sequel, Blues Brothers 2000. Mostly, though, he has become a familiar character actor in his middle age. Aykroyd's better films include The Blues Brothers and Neighbors (both with Belushi), Trading Places, GhostBusters, and a string of flops like Coneheads and Nothing But Trouble.

In most biographies, Aykroyd is listed as twice married and the father of six. His purported first marriage, however, (to one Maureen Lewis) never happened, and the three sons (Mark, Lloyd, and Oscar) who came from that union never existed. Many years ago, as Aykroyd first became famous, the publishers of Who's Who sent him a blank questionnaire, but Aykroyd bridled at being asked to list all his biographical information. So he made up a phony biography, with a phony wife and three phony children. Referring to outdated editions of Who's Who, lazy reporters have mentioned his fictitious family ever since, as if they're factual. Says Aykroyd: "I will give 10 million dollars to anyone who can find that family and bring the three kids and the wife to me."

Father: Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd (policy adviser in Pierre Trudeau's government)
Mother: Lorraine Gougeon
Brother: Peter Aykroyd (psychic researcher)
Girlfriend: Rosie Schuster (writer for SNL, dated circa 1977)
Wife: Donna Dixon (actress, m. 29-Apr-1983, three daughters)
Daughter: Danielle Alexandra Aykroyd (b. 18-Nov-1989)
Daughter: Belle Kingston Aykroyd (b. 9-Jun-1993)
Daughter: Stella Irene Augustus Aykroyd (b. 5-Apr-1998)

    University: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (1969)

    Second City (1972-74)
    Al Franken for Senate
    Emmy 1977 for Saturday Night Live (shared)
    Canada's Walk of Fame 2002
    Roast: Lorne Michaels (2004)
    Endorsement of Crystal Head Vodka 2008
    Risk Factors: Heterochromia

    TELEVISION
    According to Jim Danny Michalski (2002-09)
    Soul Man Rev. Mike Weber (1997-98)
    PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Himself (1996-2000)
    Saturday Night Live (1975-79)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Nothing But Trouble (15-Feb-1991)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Get on Up (1-Aug-2014)
    Tammy (2-Jul-2014)
    Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (10-Jun-2013) [VOICE]
    Behind the Candelabra (21-May-2013) · Seymour Heller
    The Campaign (4-Aug-2012) · Wade Motch
    Sunset Strip (16-Mar-2012) · Himself
    Yogi Bear (17-Dec-2010) · Yogi Bear [VOICE]
    War Inc. (28-Apr-2008) · Mr. Vice President
    I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (19-Jul-2007)
    Christmas with the Kranks (24-Nov-2004)
    White Coats (10-Sep-2004) · Dr. Cyrill Kipp
    50 First Dates (13-Feb-2004) · Dr. Keats
    Bright Young Things (16-May-2003)
    Unconditional Love (23-Aug-2002)
    Crossroads (11-Feb-2002)
    Earth vs. the Spider (7-Oct-2001)
    On the Nose (21-Sep-2001)
    The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (5-Aug-2001)
    Evolution (8-Jun-2001)
    Pearl Harbor (21-May-2001)
    The House of Mirth (5-Aug-2000)
    Loser (20-Jul-2000) · Dad
    Stardom (17-May-2000)
    Diamonds (6-Sep-1999) · Lance
    Susan's Plan (29-Oct-1998)
    Antz (19-Sep-1998) · Chip [VOICE]
    Blues Brothers 2000 (6-Feb-1998) · Elwood Blues
    Grosse Pointe Blank (11-Apr-1997) · Grocer
    The Arrow (12-Jan-1997)
    Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (1997) · Himself
    My Fellow Americans (20-Dec-1996) · William Haney
    Feeling Minnesota (13-Sep-1996) · Ben Costikyan
    Celtic Pride (19-Apr-1996) · Jimmy Flaherty
    Getting Away with Murder (12-Apr-1996)
    Sgt. Bilko (29-Mar-1996) · Col. Hall
    Rainbow (7-Dec-1995)
    Tommy Boy (31-Mar-1995)
    Exit to Eden (14-Oct-1994)
    North (22-Jul-1994) · Pa Tex
    My Girl 2 (11-Feb-1994) · Harry Sultenfuss
    Coneheads (23-Jul-1993) · Beldar
    Chaplin (25-Dec-1992) · Mack Sennett
    Sneakers (9-Sep-1992) · Mother
    This Is My Life (21-Feb-1992) · Arnold Moss
    My Girl (27-Nov-1991) · Harry Sultenfuss
    Nothing But Trouble (15-Feb-1991) · J. P.
    Masters of Menace (7-Sep-1990)
    Loose Cannons (9-Feb-1990)
    Driving Miss Daisy (13-Dec-1989) · Boolie Werthan
    Ghostbusters II (16-Jun-1989) · Dr. Raymond Stantz
    My Stepmother is an Alien (9-Dec-1988)
    Caddyshack II (22-Jul-1988) · Capt. Tom Everett
    The Great Outdoors (17-Jun-1988) · Roman
    The Couch Trip (15-Jan-1988)
    Dragnet (26-Jun-1987) · Friday
    Spies Like Us (6-Dec-1985)
    Into the Night (15-Feb-1985)
    We Are the World (28-Jan-1985) · Himself
    Nothing Lasts Forever (Sep-1984)
    Ghostbusters (8-Jun-1984) · Dr. Raymond Stantz
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (23-May-1984)
    Twilight Zone: The Movie (24-Jun-1983) · Passenger
    Trading Places (8-Jun-1983) · Louis Winthorpe III
    Doctor Detroit (6-May-1983)
    It Came from Hollywood (29-Oct-1982) · Himself
    Neighbors (18-Dec-1981)
    The Blues Brothers (16-Jun-1980) · Elwood
    1941 (14-Dec-1979) · Sgt. Frank Tree
    Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)
    The Rutles (22-Mar-1978)


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