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DAN AYKROYD BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Dan Aykroyd was born on July 1st, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada with the birth name Daniel Edward Aykroyd, born to Peter and Lorraine Aykroyd.  Dan has one brother, Peter, who also later became a comedic actor.  
 
He first became involved in acting during high school and after high school he enrolled at Carleton University in Canada in 1969 and majored in Criminology as well as Sociology.  However, before earning his college degree he left school to work with a Stage Troupe in Toronto and then became more involved in pursuing a career as an actor. 
 
His career in entertainment first began doing stand up comedy at a number of nightclubs throughout Canada and he also ran a nightclub called, Club 505.  He first gained popularity when he performed on, "Saturday Night Live" as a writer and cast member for four seasons.  In 1977, he earned an Emmy Award for his writing on the show and later was honored with two more Emmy nominations for writing and two for acting.  Although he has returned to the show numerous times throughout his career he never was an actual host until 2002-2003. 
 
He became very well known for his, "Blues Brothers Act".  It all began with his friendship with actor and comedian, John Belushi.  The two with some help from Saturday Night Live's music director, Paul Shaffer created their act.  They would perform live and even created an album called, "Briefcase Full of Blues" in 1978.  Sadly, John Belushi passed away and Aykroyd went on to start, "The House of Blues" with a couple other Hollywood entertainers. 
 
With John Belushi by his side they appeared in three films together, "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Neighbors" (1981) and "1941" (1979).  Some of his other film roles that brought him a large amount of attention were in, "Ghostbusters" (1984) which he was also a creator and co writer for the film.  He also earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting actor for his role in the film, "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) starring with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.     
 
Along with working as an actor, musician, comedian and writer he was also given the chance to work in the industry as a director.  His debut was for the film, "Nothing but Trouble" (1991), however the film was not successful.
 
As his career progressed, Dan stuck to appearing on the big screen being seen in such films as, "Exit to Eden" (1994), "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998), "Getting Away with Murder" (1996), "Pearl Harbor" (2001), "50 Dates" (2004), "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001), "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007) and soon to release in 2012, "Dorothy of Oz", "Dog Fight" and "Ghostbuster III".
 
Dan has also appeared as a guest star in numerous television programs such as, "The Defenders", "Family Guy", "Soul Man" and "According to Jim".
 
Along with his acting career, in 2006 he entered into a partnership with Niagara Cellars who own four different wineries and a variety of red and white wines will be marketed using his name.  He also promotes his own Crystal Head Vodka and is now considering negotiations with a beer label as well.  He is very interested in the supernatural and owns a number of books on the subject and has even done a documentary on the subject of UFO's.  
 
Throughout his career in the industry he has received an extensive amount of honors such as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as being inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame.  He was also ranked #14 on Tropopkin's, "Top 25 Most Intriguing People" in their 100th issue.   
 
He has married only once to Donna Dixon whom he wed in 1983 and they remain married today and have three children.  He is now a naturalized citizen of the United States, however he resides in Sydenham, Ontario.  

 
Filmography

2012 Ghostbusters III 
2012 Dog Fight
2012 Dorothy of Oz
2011 The Defenders 
2010 Yogi Bear
2010 Presidential Reunion 
2009 Family Guy
2009 Ghost Busters 
2002-2009 According to Jim
2008 War, Inc. 
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 
2006 Living with Fran 
2004 Christmas with the Kranks 
2004 Whitecoats 
2004 50 First Dates
2004 Shortcut to Happiness 
2003 Bright Young Things
2002 Unconditional Love
2002 Crossroads
2001 Earth vs. the Spider 
2001 On the Nose
2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 
2001 Evolution
2001 Pearl Harbor
2000 Normal, Ohio 
2000 The House of Mirth 
2000 Loser
2000 Stardom 
1999 Diamonds 
1998 Susan's Plan
1998 Antz 
1997-1998 Soul Man
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 
1998 Heritage Minute
1997 Home Improvement 
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank
1997 The Arrow
1996 My Fellow Americans 
1996 Feeling Minnesota
1996 Celtic Pride
1996 Getting Away with Murder
1996 Sgt. Bilko 
1995 Rainbow 
1995 Casper 
1995 Tommy Boy 
1995 Canadian Bacon
1995 The Random Factor
1994 Exit to Eden 
1994 North
1994 The Nanny
1994 My Girl 2 
1993 Coneheads 
1992 Chaplin
1992 Top Cops 
1992 Sneakers
1992 This Is My Life
1991 My Girl 
1991 Tales from the Crypt
1991 Nothing But Trouble
1990 Masters of Menace 
1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show. 
1990 Loose Cannons 
1989 Driving Miss Daisy 
1989 Ghostbusters II
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien 
1988 Caddyshack II
1988 The Great Outdoors
1988 She's Having a Baby
1988 The Couch Trip 
1987 Dragnet
1985 Spies Like Us
1985 Into the Night 
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever 
1984 Ghostbusters 
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1983 The Coneheads
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie 
1983 Trading Places 
1983 Doctor Detroit 
1981 Neighbors 
1981 Steve Martin's Best Show Ever
1980 The Blues Brothers 
1979 1941 
1979 Mr. Mike's Mondo Video 
1978 Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland
1978 Things We Did Last Summer
1978 All You Need Is Cash
1977 Love at First Sight 
1976 The Beach Boys: It's OK 
1975 Coming Up Rosie 
1974 The Gift of Winter





Matinee Classics - '1941' starring Dan Dykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, Warren Oates, Robert Stack, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen, Eddie Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, ianneKay, Slim Pickens, Wendie Jo Sperber, Lionel Stander, Jordan Brian, John Candy, Perry Lang, Patti LuPone, Frank McRae, Steven Mond, Michael McKean, John Landis, Mickey Rourke, Joe Flaherty, Ignatius Wolfington, Lucille Benson, Elisha Cook Jr. and Susan Bac
Matinee Classics - My Fellow Americans starring Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Lauren Bacall, Sela Ward, Everett McGill, Bradley Whitford, James Rebhorn, Esther Rolle, Jack Kehler and Edwin Newman
Matinee Classics - Pearl Harbor starring Josh Hartnett, Reiley McClendon, Ben Affleck, Jesse James, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Colm Feore, Mako, Alec Baldwin, William Lee Scott, Michael Shannon, Scott Wilson, Peter Firth, Dan Aykroyd, Jennifer Garner, Jaime King, Sara Rue, Catherine Kellner, Matt Davis, William Fichtner, Steve Rankin, Ewen Bremner, Greg Zola, Kim Coates, Leland Orser, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Graham Beckel, Tom Everett, Tomas Arana, Madison Mason a


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