Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd

at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival
Born Daniel Edward Aykroyd
July 1, 1952 (1952-07-01) (age 59)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, winemaker, ufologist
Years active 1974–present
Spouse Donna Dixon (1983–present)

Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM (born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, winemaker and ufologist. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.


Early life

Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952, at the Ottawa General Hospital[1] in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in the Canadian capital, where his father, Samuel Peter Aykroyd, a civil engineer, worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine Hélène (née Gougeon), is a French Canadian secretary.[2][3][4] His brother, Peter, also became a comedy actor. Aykroyd was born with syndactyly (webbed toes), which was revealed in the movie Mr. Mike's Mondo Video and in a short film on Saturday Night Live (Don't Look Back In Anger).[5] He was also born with heterochromia (a condition of having two differently coloured eyes). His right eye is green and his left eye is brown.

Aykroyd's great-grandfather, Samuel Augustus Aykroyd (1855–1933), a dentist, had been a mystic and had been involved in Spiritualism, which would greatly interest Aykroyd, who stated that "All that stuff was hanging around the old farmhouse I grew up in, so I was kind of steeped in it".[6]

Aykroyd was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, and had intended to become a priest until the age of seventeen.[7] He attended St Pius X and St Patrick's. He went on to study criminology and sociology at Carleton University but dropped out before completing his degree. He worked as a comedian in various Canadian nightclubs and ran an after-hours speakeasy (Club 505) in Toronto for several years.

Aykroyd's musical career was initially developed in Ottawa, particularly through his regular attendances at Le Hibou, a club that featured many blues artists. He describes these influences as follows:

...there was a little club there called Le Hibou, which in French means 'the owl'. And it was run by a gentleman named Harvey Glatt, and he brought every, and I mean every blues star that you or I would ever have wanted to have seen through Ottawa in the late 50s, well I guess more late 60s sort of, in around the Newport jazz rediscovery. I was going to Le Hibou and hearing James Cotton, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, and Muddy Waters. I actually jammed behind Muddy Waters. S. P. Leary left the drum kit one night, and Muddy said 'anybody out there play drums? I don't have a drummer.' And I walked on stage and we started, I don't know, Little Red Rooster, something. He said 'keep that beat going, you make Muddy feel good.' And I heard Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett). Many, many times I saw Howlin' Wolf. As well as The Doors. And of course Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. So I was exposed to all of these players, playing there as part of this scene to service the academic community in Ottawa, a very well-educated community. Had I lived in a different town I don't think that this would have happened, because it was just the confluence of educated government workers, and then also all the colleges in the area, Ottawa University, Carleton, and all the schools—these people were interested in blues culture.[8]

Saturday Night Live

Aykroyd gained fame on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live, where he was a writer and the youngest cast member for its first four seasons, from 1975 to 1979. Aykroyd brought a unique sensibility to the show, combining youth, unusual interests, talent as an impersonator and an almost lunatic intensity. Eric Idle, of Monty Python, once said that Aykroyd's ability to write and act out characters flawlessly made him the only member of the SNL cast capable of being a Python.

He was known for his impersonations of celebrities like Jimmy Carter, Vincent Price, Richard Nixon, Rod Serling, Tom Snyder, and others. He was also known for his recurring roles, such as Beldar, father in the Coneheads family; with Steve Martin, Georg Festrunk, one of the "Two Wild and Crazy Guys" Czech brothers; sleazy late-night cable TV host E. Buzz Miller and his cousin, corrupt maker of children's toys and costumes Irwin Mainway (who extolled the virtues and defended the safety of the "Bag-o-Glass" toy, perhaps the retail leader of the "Bag-o" series of toys); Fred Garvin – male prostitute; and high-bred but low-brow critic Leonard Pinth-Garnell. He also co-hosted the Weekend Update segment for a season with Jane Curtin, coining the famous catchphrase "Jane, you ignorant slut" during point-counterpoint segments.

Aykroyd's eccentric talent was recognized by others in the highly competitive SNL environment: when he first presented his famous "Super Bass-O-Matic '76" sketch, a fake T.V. commercial in which a garish, hyper pitchman (modelled after Ron Popeil) touts a food blender that turns an entire bass into liquid pulp, "to [other writers and cast members] the 'Bass-O-Matic' was so exhilaratingly strange that many remember sitting and listening, open-mouthed ... Nobody felt jealous of it because they couldn't imagine writing anything remotely like it."[9]

While Aykroyd was a close friend and partner with fellow cast member John Belushi and shared some of the same sensibilities, Aykroyd was more reserved and less self-destructive. In 1977, he received an Emmy Award for writing on Saturday Night Live; he later received two more nominations for writing, and one each for acting and Outstanding Comedy-Variety series.

In later decades, Aykroyd made occasional guest appearances and unannounced cameos on Saturday Night Live, often impersonating the American politician Bob Dole. He would also bring back past characters including Irwin Mainway and Leonard Pinth-Garnell. During a couple of his guest appearances he resurrected the Blues Brothers musical act with frequent host John Goodman in place of John Belushi. Finally in May 2003, he hosted the season finale of Saturday Night Live. During his monologue, he did a musical bit with James Belushi that was similar to the Blues Brothers, but neither Aykroyd nor Belushi donned the famous black suit and sunglasses. It was a unique hosting choice as he was not promoting a project at the time and he did not bring back any characters for this appearance. He became the second member of the original cast to host the show. On March 24, 2007, he made an appearance as a crying fan of American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar (played by Andy Samberg) during Weekend Update. On February 14, 2009, he made an appearance portraying U.S. House Minority leader John Boehner.

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers picture

Aykroyd was good friends with John Belushi. According to Aykroyd, it was his first meeting with Belushi that helped spark their popular Blues Brothers act. When they met in a club Aykroyd frequented, Aykroyd put on a blues record to play in the background, and it stimulated a fascination with blues in Belushi, who was primarily a fan of heavy rock bands at the time. Aykroyd educated John on the finer points of blues music and, with a little encouragement from then-SNL music director Paul Shaffer, it led to the creation of their Blues Brothers characters.

Backed by such experienced professional R&B sidemen as lead guitarist Steve Cropper, sax man Lou Marini, trumpeter Alan Rubin and bass guitarist Donald "Duck" Dunn, the Blues Brothers proved more than an SNL novelty. Taking off with the public as a legitimate musical act, they performed live gigs and released the hit album Briefcase Full of Blues in 1978. The Blues Brothers Band continues to tour today, featuring original members Cropper, Marini, Rubin, and Dunn, along with vocalist Eddie Floyd.

Early in the incarnation of the Blues Brothers, John Belushi joined the Grateful Dead on stage on April 2, 1980, for a rendition of "Good Morning Little School Girl" at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, N.J (coinciding with the Dead performing on SNL that weekend). John sang the part usually carried by the late Dead band member "Pigpen." This is a moment cherished by all fans of John Belushi and the Dead alike.[citation needed] There were other SNL connections between the Dead and SNL over the years.[clarification needed]

Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles was a regular haunt for the original Blues Brothers back in the early days of the band. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd became fixtures at the recording studio, while fellow Blues Brother Steve Cropper called Cherokee his producing home. Whenever they needed a bass player, they were joined by another Blues Brother, Donald "Duck" Dunn. During this time, Cropper along with producing partner and Cherokee owner Bruce Robb worked on a number of music projects with the two comedian/musicians, including Belushi's favourite band Fear and later Aykroyd's movie Dragnet.

Aykroyd and Belushi were scheduled to present the Academy Award for Visual Effects in 1982, but Belushi died only a few weeks prior to the ceremony. Though devastated by his friend's death, Aykroyd presented the award alone, remarking from the stage "My partner would have loved to have been here to present this, given that he was something of a visual effect himself." Not a few years before, when he and John Belushi were making an appearance on the Today show, he referred to them as "kindred spirits." In the biography "Belushi", Aykroyd claims that John Belushi was the only man he could ever dance with.

In 1992, Aykroyd, along with many other notable music and Hollywood personalities, founded the House of Blues. Its mission is to promote African-American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art. From 2004 until its sale to Live Nation in 2007, it was the second-largest live music promoter in the world, with seven venues and 22 amphitheaters in the United States and Canada. Aykroyd also contributes his voice to the weekly House of Blues Radio Hour,[10] which he hosts in the character of Elwood Delaney aka Elwood Blues. This show is hosted in the United Kingdom (from 1st September 2011) on London's Covent Garden Radio.

Today, the Blues Brothers still tour. Dan Aykroyd still performs as Elwood back with John's younger brother James Belushi who plays "Brother Zee" on stage. They are almost always backed by The Sacred Hearts Band.[11]

Other work

Aykroyd (right) on the set of The Great Outdoors, 1987

Concurrent with his work in Saturday Night Live, Aykroyd played the role of Purvis Bickle, lift operator at the fictitious office block 99 Sumach Street in the CBC Television series Coming Up Rosie.

After leaving Saturday Night Live, Aykroyd starred in a number of films (mostly comedies), with uneven results both commercially and artistically. He co-starred with Belushi in three films, The Blues Brothers, Neighbors and 1941. One of his best-received performances was as a blueblood-turned-wretch in the 1983 comic drama Trading Places; a notable flop was in the earlier 1941 (director Steven Spielberg received the brunt of the criticism, but Aykroyd's performance as an Army Sergeant was either played straight or completely manic).[clarification needed]

Aykroyd originally wrote the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) with Belushi in mind, but rewrote the part for Bill Murray after Belushi died. Aykroyd used to joke that the green ghost (who would later come to be known as "Slimer") was "the ghost of John Belushi", based on the similar party animal personality. Ghostbusters became a huge success for Aykroyd as a co-creator, co-writer, and one of the lead actors; the film's inspiration came from Aykroyd's fascination with parapsychology.

Aykroyd participated in the recording of "We are the World" in 1985.

Aykroyd was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1989's Driving Miss Daisy. He was the second SNL cast member to be nominated for an Oscar, the first being Joan Cusack (Randy Quaid also received an Academy Award nomination before either of them, but that was prior to his SNL stint).

His directorial debut was 1991's Nothing but Trouble. It starred Demi Moore, Chevy Chase, John Candy and Aykroyd sporting an oddly phallic prosthetic nose. The film was a critical and box office flop. Other films starring Aykroyd in the 1990s, included Exit to Eden, Blues Brothers 2000, and Getting Away with Murder; these were also poorly received. He also made an uncredited appearance in the Michael Moore film, Canadian Bacon as a motorcycle cop.

In 1994, Akroyd made a guest appearance in an episode of the sitcom The Nanny as a refrigerator repairman. In 1997, Aykroyd starred in a short-lived sitcom on ABC called Soul Man. The show lasted one season. In the 2000s, Aykroyd's film appearances have tended to be small character parts in big-budget productions, such as a signals analyst in Pearl Harbor and a neurologist in 50 First Dates. In 2001, Aykroyd starred in the Woody Allen film, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

In February 2007, Aykroyd revealed that he would be providing voice-acting for a Ghostbusters III CGI project, though these rumours were clarified later on, that the CGI project was a next-gen video game that was currently in production.[12] In 2009, Aykroyd along with Harold Ramis, wrote and appeared in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which also featured Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, William Atherton, and Brian Doyle-Murray. On June 14, 2009, GameStop used an outgoing phone message pre-recorded by Aykroyd to invite pre-order customers to the launch event at 10 p.m.

Aykroyd wrote the liner notes for fellow Ottawa born blues musician JW-Jones' album Bluelisted (2008).

In 2009, Aykroyd contributed a series of reminiscences on his upbringing in Canada for a charity album titled Dan Aykroyd's Canada.

Most recently, Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase guest starred in the Family Guy episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us". He also hosts the nationally-syndicated radio show House of Blues Radio Hour under his Blues Brothers moniker Elwood Blues.

Aykroyd appeared in two February 2011 episodes of CBS' The Defenders, which starred Jim Belushi. This information was announced November 29, 2010.[13][14]


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

He has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 1994, Aykroyd received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Carleton University. In 1998, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Aykroyd also received a dubious honour in 1997, when the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal awarded him the Snuffed Candle award, for "contributing to the public's lack of understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry." CSICOP did this in response to Aykroyd's program Psi Factor.[15] This award came in conjunction with the public having the general perception that Aykroyd is a real guy for repping Ottawa.[16][17]

The popular Scottish band Dananananaykroyd named themselves after Dan Aykroyd.

Eric Idle once said of Aykroyd that he was "the only person I ever met who could have been part of Python – he had all the skills, the capability of being a Python."[citation needed]

Personal life

Aykroyd is a naturalized citizen of the United States.[3] In 1983, he married actress Donna Dixon, with whom he starred in the movies Doctor Detroit, Spies Like Us, and The Couch Trip. They have three daughters: Danielle Alexandra[18](born November 18, 1989), Belle Kingston (born June 9, 1993), and Stella Irene August (born April 5, 1998). He maintains his Canadian roots as a longtime resident of Sydenham, Ontario, with his estate on Loughborough Lake.

Aykroyd described himself (in a radio interview with Terry Gross) as having mild Tourette syndrome that was successfully treated with therapy when he was a preteen, as well as mild Asperger syndrome.[19]

As of 2006, Aykroyd has entered a partnership with Niagara Cellars, which owns four wineries in the Niagara region. They will be marketing a series of red and white wines under his name.[20] He spent a good amount of time in 2009 promoting his own Crystal Head Vodka, with his interest in the paranormal coming through with the drink's unique skull-shaped bottle.[21] He is also considering a beer and vodka label with the Coneheads name.[22]

He is a former reserve commander for the police department in Harahan, Louisiana, working for Chief of Police Peter Dale. Aykroyd would carry his badge with him at all times.[23]

Aykroyd helped Dale start the Blue Line Foundation. They are redeveloping flood damaged lots in New Orleans and helping first responders buy them at reduced prices. Coastal Blue Line LLC, hopes to eventually to rebuild 400 properties in New Orleans.[24]

In a recent radio interview with the Hill-Man Morning show, Aykroyd said if he could forget one film he did it would be Exit To Eden.[citation needed]


Aykroyd considers himself a Spiritualist, stating that:

I am a Spiritualist, a proud wearer of the Spiritualist badge. Mediums and psychic research have gone on for many, many years... Loads of people have seen [spirits], heard a voice or felt the cold temperature. I believe that they are between here and there, that they exist between the fourth and fifth dimension, and that they visit us frequently.[25]

His great-grandfather, a dentist, had been a mystic who had corresponded with author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the subject of Spiritualism, and who was a member of the Lily Dale Society.[26]

Other than Spiritualism, Aykroyd is also interested in various other aspects of the paranormal, particularly ufology. He is a lifetime member of and official Hollywood consultant for the Mutual UFO Network. In 2005, Aykroyd produced a DVD titled, Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs. In it, he is interviewed for 80 minutes by UFOlogist David Sereda where he discusses in depth every aspect of the UFO phenomenon, and reveals specifically that they are blue, not green, but appear that way because of a filter.[27][dead link]

On September 29, 2009, Peter Aykroyd, father of Dan Aykroyd, published a book entitled, A History of Ghosts. This book chronicled the family's historical involvement in the Spiritualist Movement, to which Aykroyd readily refers. Aykroyd wrote the introduction and accompanied his father on a series of promotional activities, including launches in New York City and Toronto, an appearance on Larry King Live and various other public relations initiatives. Aykroyd also read the introduction for the audio version of the book.



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Gift of Winter, TheThe Gift of Winter Goodly/Rotten/Maple Television film, voice role
1977 Love at First Sight Roy
1979 Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Jack Lord Priest
1979 1941 Sgt. Frank Tree
1980 Blues Brothers, TheThe Blues Brothers Elwood Blues Also Writer
1981 Neighbors Vic
1982 It Came from Hollywood Himself
1983 Doctor Detroit Clifford Skridlow/ Doctor Detroit
1983 Trading Places Louis Winthorpe III
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Passenger/ Ambulance Driver
1984 Ghostbusters Dr. Raymond Stantz Also Writer
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Art Weber Cameo
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever Buck Heller
1985 Into the Night Herb
1985 Spies Like Us Austin Millbarge Also Writer
1987 Dragnet Sgt. Joe Friday
1988 Caddyshack II Capt. Tom Everett Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1988 Couch Trip, TheThe Couch Trip John W. Burns, Jr.
1988 Great Outdoors, TheThe Great Outdoors Roman Craig
1988 She's Having a Baby Roman Craig
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Steven Mills
1989 "Liberian Girl" Cameo Music Video by Michael Jackson
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Boolie Werthan Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1989 Ghostbusters II Dr. Raymond Stantz Also Writer
1990 Loose Cannons Ellis Fielding
1990 Masters of Menace Johnny Lewis
1991 My Girl Harry Sultenfuss
1991 Nothing but Trouble Judge Alvin Valkenheiser/ Bobo Also Director/Writer
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
1992 Chaplin Mack Sennett
1992 Sneakers Mother
1992 This Is My Life Arnold Moss
1993 Coneheads Beldar Conehead Also Writer
1994 Century of Cinema, AA Century of Cinema Himself Documentary
1994 Exit to Eden Fred Lavery Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Rosie O'Donnell)
1994 My Girl 2 Harry Sultenfuss
1994 North Pa Tex Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1995 Canadian Bacon OPP Officer Cameo
1995 Casper Dr. Raymond Stantz Cameo
1995 Random Factor, TheThe Random Factor Dexter Voice role
1995 Tommy Boy Zalinsky
1996 Rainbow Sheriff Wyatt Hampton
1996 Celtic Pride Jimmy Flaherty
1996 Feeling Minnesota Det. Ben Costikyan
1996 My Fellow Americans President William Haney
1996 Getting Away with Murder Jack Lambert
1996 Sgt. Bilko Colonel John T. Hall
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Grocer
1998 Antz Chip Voice role
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Elwood Blues Also Writer/Producer
1998 Susan's Plan Bob
1999 Diamonds Lance Agensky
2000 House of Mirth, TheThe House of Mirth Gus
2000 Loser Dad
2000 Stardom Barry Levine
2001 Curse of the Jade Scorpion, TheThe Curse of the Jade Scorpion Chris Magruder
2001 Evolution Governor Lewis
2001 Frank Truth, TheThe Frank Truth Himself Documentary
2001 On the Nose Dr. Barry Davis
2001 Pearl Harbor Capt. Thurman
2002 Crossroads Pete Wagner
2002 Unconditional Love Max Beasly
2003 Bright Young Things Lord Monomark
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Vic Frohmeyer
2004 Shortcut to Happiness Julius Jenson
2004 50 First Dates Dr. Keats
2004 Intern Academy Dr. Cyrill Kipp
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Captain Tucker
2010 Yogi Bear Yogi Bear Voice and motion-capture


Year Title Role First episode Notes
1975 Coming Up Rosie Purvis Bickle unknown
1975–79 Saturday Night Live Various "Episode 1.1" Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music Series (1977, nominated 1978–79)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music (1978)
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
1986–91 Real Ghostbusters, TheThe Real Ghostbusters Creator
1990 Dave Thomas Comedy Show, TheThe Dave Thomas Comedy Show Various "Episode 1.2" 1 episode
1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show Boolie Shandling "Driving Miss Garry" 1 episode
1991 Tales from the Crypt Captain Mulligan "Yellow" 1 episode
1994 Nanny, TheThe Nanny Repair Man "Sunday in the Park with Fran" 1 episode
1995 Kesley Grammar Salutes Jack Benny Himself Television special
1996–2000 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Host "John Doe" 88 episodes
1997 Arrow, TheThe Arrow Crawford Gordon Television film, also creative consultant
1997 Home Improvement Rev. Mike Walker "Losing My Religion" 1 episode
1997 Soul Man Rev. Mike Weber "Grabbed By An Angel" 25 episodes
2001 Earth vs. the Spider Det. Insp. Jack Grillo Television film
2001 History's Mysteries Narrator "The Children's Crusade" 1 episode
2002 According to Jim Danny Michalsky "Old Friends" 5 episodes
2009 Family Guy Himself "Spies Reminiscent of Us" 1 episode
2009 X-Play Himself "Quit Givin' Me the Bug Eye, Valkyrie" 1 episode
2011 Defenders, TheThe Defenders Judge Max Hunter "Nevada v. Doug the Mule" 2 episodes

Guest appearances on SNL

Date Episode number Host/ Musical guest Role
01988-02-13 February 13, 1988 13.11 Justine Bateman/ Terrance Trent D'Arby Bob Dole
01993-05-15 May 15, 1993 18.20 Kevin Kline/ Willie Nelson and Paul Simon Bob Dole
01995-03-25 March 25, 1995 20.16 John Goodman/ The Tragically Hip Bob Dole, Elwood Blues, Irwin Mainway, Tom Snyder, Rush Limbaugh, Robert Stack, miner
01998-02-07 February 7, 1998 23.14 John Goodman/ Paula Cole Bob Dole, Elwood Blues, Irwin Mainway, Ernesto
01998-09-26 September 26, 1998 24.1 Cameron Diaz/ The Smashing Pumpkins Yortuk Festrunk
02001-11-03 November 3, 2001 27.4 John Goodman/ Ja Rule Dr. Keith Vester, Elwood Blues, Leonard Pinth-Garnell
02002-02-02 February 2, 2002 27.12 Britney Spears Mormon, Judge Lindenwell
02003-03-08 March 8, 2003 28.14 Queen Latifah/ Ms. Dynamite Bob Dole
02003-05-17 May 17, 2003 28.20 Himself/ Beyoncé Andrew Card, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Donnie "The Finger" Dabinski, biker, Esteban, chief science officer, Butch, Sam Elliot
02007-03-24 March 24, 2007 32.16 Peyton Manning/ Carrie Underwood Himself
02009-02-14 February 14, 2009 34.16 Alec Baldwin/ The Jonas Brothers John Boehner

Highest grossing films

Rank Film Year Gross Budget
1. Pearl Harbor 2001 $449,220,945 $135,000,000
2. Ghostbusters 1984 $291,600,000 $30,000,000
3. Ghostbusters II 1989 $215,394,738 $25,000,000
4. Yogi Bear 2010 $201,584,141 $80,000,000
5. Antz 1998 $171,757,863 $60,000,000
6. Driving Miss Daisy 1989 $145,793,296 $7,500,000
7. Sneakers 1992 $105,232,691 Unknown
8. Trading Places 1983 $97,333,523 $28,000,000
9. 1941 1979 $92,755,742 $35,000,000
10. Spies Like Us 1985 $70,648,171 $20,000,000
11. The Blues Brothers 1980 $115,229,890 $27,000,000
12. My Girl 1991 $59,847,242 $17,000,000
13. Dragnet 1987 $57,387,516 $20,000,000
14. The Great Outdoors 1988 $41,455,230 $24,000,000
15. Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 $29,500,000 $10,000,000
16. Neighbors 1981 $28,732,057 $8,500,000
17. She's Having a Baby 1988 $16,031,707 Unknown
18. Caddyshack II 1988 $11,798,302 $20,000,000
19. The Couch Trip 1988 $11,005,304 Unknown
20. Doctor Detroit 1983 $10,800,000 $8,000,000

See also


  1. ^ "Want Ads/Births". The Ottawa Evening Journal. July 1, 1952. p. 12. 
  2. ^ The First Church of Dan Aykroyd.
  3. ^ a b Dan Aykroyd Biography (1952–).
  4. ^ Aykroyd, Peter H. (1992). The anniversary compulsion: Canada's centennial celebration, a model mega-anniversary. Dundurn Press Ltd.. pp. ix. ISBN 1550021850. 
  5. ^ "Don't Look Back In Anger".
  6. ^ Psychic News, Issue #4001, April 18, 2009.
  7. ^ The religion of Dan Aykroyd, actor, comedian.
  8. ^ Still on a mission from God; interview with Dan Aykroyd by Roger Gatchet, May 18, 2007, www.austinsound.net. This recollection of Aykroyd is subject to challenge. Some assert that it was Ottawa artist Arthur II who joined the band to play drums and that, at best, Aykroyd was a member of the audience. Aykroyd's recollection is also asserted to be faulty as to who actually played at Le Hibou. Pinetop Perkins never played there, and Howlin' Wolf appeared once.[citation required]
  9. ^ Hill and Weingrad p. 143
  10. ^ "TheBluesmobile.com". TheBluesmobile.com. http://www.thebluesmobile.com/. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Karen (January 28, 2011). "Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts". Jimbelushi.ws. http://www.jimbelushi.ws/jim-sacredhearts.htm. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gamespot News: Dan Aykroyd to appear in Ghostbusters game". February 2007. http://www.gamespot.com/news/6165346.html. 
  13. ^ "Dan Aykroyd to Reunite with Jim Belushi on The Defenders. He also appeared on Top Chef Canada as a guest judge.". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Dan-Aykroyd-Defenders-1026196.aspx. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ "TV Highlights: Dan Aykroyd on 'The Defenders'; Dina Lohan on '20/20'; 'Gold Rush: Alaska' finale". The Washington Post. February 18, 2011. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021706507.html. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "CSICOP News: Nye, Aykroyd Receive Council's First Awards". Skeptical Inquirer. CSICOP. May/June 1997. Archived from the original on October 6, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061006092853/http://www.csicop.org/si/9705/news.html. Retrieved November 13, 2006. 
  16. ^ "CSICOP News: Nye, Aykroyd Receive Council's First Awards". Skeptical Inquirer. CSICOP. May/June 1997. Archived from the original on October 6, 2006. http://www.google.ca/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=dan+akroyd+is+a+real+nigga+for+reppin+ottawa. Retrieved November 13, 2006. 
  17. ^ "CSICOP News: Nye, Aykroyd Receive Council's First Awards". Skeptical Inquirer. CSICOP. May/June 1997. Archived from the original on October 6, 2006. http://books.google.ca/books?id=WCgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA144&dq=dan+aykroyd+is+a+real+nigga&hl=en&ei=i6R2Tu6BO4rk0QHBzOTYDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=dan%20aykroyd%20is%20a%20real%20nigga&f=false. Retrieved November 13, 2006. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "Comedian --and Writer --Dan Aykroyd". Terry Gross (interviewer) and Dan Aykroyd (guest). Fresh Air. NPR. November 22, 2004. Event occurs at 29:50. Retrieved on May 15, 2011.
  20. ^ TheStar.com | Movies | Waiting for Aykroyd's wine? Try tequila.
  21. ^ Crystal Head Vodka – Drink Recipes. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  22. ^ Alan McGinty on Dan Aykroyd's Ontario Wine Adventure | Gremolata 055.
  23. ^ YouTube – Dan Aykroyd Shows his Badge.
  24. ^ Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd launches home building project for first responders.
  25. ^ Aykroyd, Dan. Psychic News Issue # 4001, Saturday April 18, 2009.
  26. ^ Psychic News Issue # 4001, Saturday April 18, 2009.
  27. ^ "UFORC News Service: Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs". http://www.uforc.com/news/daufo-KlewMedia_060206.htm. Retrieved February 9, 2008. 

Further reading

  • Hill, Doug, and Weingrad, Jeff, Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live. Vintage Books, 1986. ISBN 0-394-75053-5.

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  • Dan Aykroyd — beim Toronto International Film Festival (2005) Daniel Edward Aykroyd, CM (* 1. Juli 1952 in Ottawa) ist ein kanadischer Filmschauspieler und Sänger. Inhaltsverzeichnis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dan Aykroyd — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Toronto (2005) Nombre real Daniel Edward Aykroyd …   Wikipedia Español

  • Dan Aykroyd — en 2005 au Festival international du film de Toronto Données clés Nom de naissance D …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dan Aykroyd — Daniel Edwart Aykroyd nació en 1 de julio de 1952 en Ottawa (Canadá), es escritor, actor cómico y guionista de cine. Aykroyd nació en una familia católica, pero pronto se hizo patente que sus inclinaciones no iban por ese camino, incluso llego a… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Dan Aykroyd — (born 1952) Canadian comedian and film actor, co star in the comedy film The Blues Brothers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Aykroyd — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Dan Aykroyd (* 1952), kanadischer Filmschauspieler Wallace Ruddell Aykroyd (1899–1979), britischer Mediziner Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichnete …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Aykroyd — n. family name; Dan Aykroyd (born 1952), Canadian comedian and film actor, co star in the comedy film The Blues Brothers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Dan — Kurzform von → Damian (Bedeutung: der Bezwinger) und → Daniel (Bedeutung: Gott ist mein Richter); nordischer Name, Bedeutung: der Däne; biblischer Name hebräischen Ursprungs, Bedeutung: Gott hat gerichtet. In der Bibel ist Dan ein Sohn Jakobs.… …   Deutsch namen

  • Daniel Edward Aykroyd — Dan Aykroyd beim Toronto International Film Festival 2005 Daniel Edward Aykroyd, CM (* 1. Juli 1952 in Ottawa) ist ein kanadischer Filmschauspieler. Aykroyd studierte an der Carleton University von Ottawa Kriminologie und Soziologie. Hier trat er …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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