Dan Aykroyd Biography
Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, and filmmaker. He was an original member of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” on Saturday Night Live (1975–79). A musical sketch he performed with John Belushi on SNL, The Blues Brothers, turned into an actual performing band and then the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.
He conceived and starred in Ghostbusters (1984), which spawned a sequel and eventually an entire media franchise. In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy.
He has also starred in his own sitcom, Soul Man (1997–98). Aykroyd is also a businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand.
Dan Aykroyd Age & Height
Dan was born on July 1, 1952, making him 65 years old with a height of 1.85 m.
Dan Aykroyd Family
Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM OOnt was born on Dominion Day (July 1), 1952 at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, where his father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer, worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine Hélène (née Gougeon), was a secretary. His mother was of French Canadian descent and his father is of English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, and French ancestry. He has a younger brother, Peter Hugh Aykroyd, an actor, comedian and writer.
Aykroyd was born with syndactyly, or webbed toes, which was revealed in the film Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video and in a short film on Saturday Night Live titled “Don’t Look Back In Anger”. Aykroyd was raised in the Catholic Church, and until age 17 he intended to become a priest. He attended St. Pius X and St. Patrick’s high schools, and studied criminology and sociology at Carleton University, but dropped out before completing his degree.
Dan Aykroyd Wife and Daughters
Aykroyd was briefly engaged to actress Carrie Fisher. He proposed to her on the set of The Blues Brothers (1980), however the engagement ended when she reconciled with her former boyfriend, musician Paul Simon. In 1983, he married actress Donna Dixon; who he met on the set of Doctor Detroit released the same year. They went on to appear together in two additional films: Spies Like Us (1985); and The Couch Trip (1988).
The couple has three daughters, Danielle Aykroyd, Stella Irene August Aykroyd, and Belle Kingston Aykroyd.
Dan Aykroyd Films/Movies
- Love at First Sight
- Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video
- The Blues Brothers
- It Came from Hollywood
- Doctor Detroit
- Trading Places
- Twilight Zone: The Movie
- 1984 Ghostbusters
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Nothing Lasts Forever
- Into the Night
- Spies Like Us
- The Couch Trip
- The Great Outdoors
- Caddyshack II
- My Stepmother Is an Alien
- Driving Miss Daisy
- Ghostbusters II
- Loose Cannons
- Masters of Menace
- My Girl
- Nothing but Trouble
- This Is My Life
- A Century of Cinema
- Exit to Eden
- My Girl 2
- Canadian Bacon
- The Random Factor
- Tommy Boy
- Celtic Pride
- Feeling Minnesota
- My Fellow Americans
- Getting Away with Murder
- Sgt. Bilko
- Grosse Pointe Blank
- Blues Brothers 2000
- Susan’s Plan
- The Emperor’s New Clothes: An All-Star Illustrated Retelling of the Classic Fairy
- The House of Mirth
- The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
- The Frank Truth
- On the Nose
- Pearl Harbor
- Unconditional Love
- Bright Young Things
- Christmas with the Kranks
- Shortcut to Happiness
- 50 First Dates
- Intern Academy
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
- War, Inc.
- Yogi Bear
- The Campaign
- The Ultimate Sacrifice
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
- Get on Up
- Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
Dan Aykroyd Ghostbusters
After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.
Initial release: 7 June 1984 (Westwood)
Director: Ivan Reitman
Featured song: Ghostbusters
Screenplay: Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis
Written by: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Dan Aykroyd Wine
Dan Aykroyd assembled a team of talented winemakers to help create a series of wines with an international flavour. Whether visiting Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia or the Americas, Dan makes it a point to visit local wineries, talk to local winemakers and sample their wines.
Inspired by the culture, passion and dedication for producing great wines, Dan has teamed up with some of his favourite winemakers to create a series of regionally inspired and modestly priced wines that represent the best of each terroir.
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Dan Aykroyd Autism|Aspergers
In 2013 he was interviewed by the Daily Mail. In ‘I have Asperger’s – one of my symptoms included being obsessed with ghosts’, Mr. Aykroyd responded to the question of what is his “worst illness” thus he says: I was diagnosed with Tourette’s at 12. I had physical tics, nervousness and made grunting noises and it affected how outgoing I was. I had therapy which really worked and by 14 my symptoms eased.
I also have Asperger’s but I can manage it. It wasn’t diagnosed until the early Eighties when my wife persuaded me to see a doctor. One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement — I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever. That’s when the idea of my film Ghostbusters was born.
Dan Aykroyd: ‘My Harley-Davidson is a form of psychiatric therapy. You get on that and you don’t need a shrink’. My very mild Asperger’s has helped me creatively. I sometimes hear a voice and think: “That could be a character I could do.” Of course there are many different grades, right up to the autism spectrum, and I am nowhere near that. But I sympathise with children who have it.
Dan Aykroyd Judge Movie
While attempting to seduce gorgeous lawyer Diane Lightson (Demi Moore), wealthy gadabout Chris Thorne (Chevy Chase) agrees to drive her to Atlantic City, N.J. But, when some reckless driving draws the attention of a deeply critical cop (John Candy), they and the flamboyant “Brazillionaires” (Taylor Negron, Bertila Damas) who tagged along end up in the court of a grotesque and vengeful judge (Dan Aykroyd), who has a special vendetta against the wealthy and erudite.
Initial release: 15 February 1991
Produced by: Lester Berman, Robert K. Weiss
Story by: Peter Aykroyd
Starring: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Demi Moore
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Dan Aykroyd UFO
The actor and comic discusses the UFO phenomenon.
Initial release: 2005
Director: David B. Sereda
Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Patrick Uskert, John F. Schuessler, Ken Storch