Dan Aykroyd (born 1.7.1952). Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian comedian and actor. He rose to fame with his performances on Saturday Night Live and as a cast member of The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters.

Childhood: Dan Aykroyd was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian capital. His father, Samuel was a civil engineer, and his French Canadian mother Lorraine was a secretary. He was born with webbed feet (as was revealed in a Saturday Night Live sketch, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger) and different coloured eyes.

Dan Aykroyd Height ,Weight, Bio, Net Worth
Dan Aykroyd Height ,Weight, Bio, Net Worth

Aykroyd was expelled from St. Patrick’s College when his show-and-tell piece was a pig dressed up as the Pope. He later dropped out of his criminology course at Carleton University.

Aykroyd’s comedy career began in a number of Canadian nightclubs. He later joined The Second City comedy troupe and found work in the National Lampoon’s stage shows.

The Breakthrough: Aykroyd’s big break came on Saturday Night Live. For the show’s first four seasons (1975-79), Aykroyd was a writer and a cast member. Monty Python’s Eric Idle has commented that Dan Aykroyd was the only Saturday Night Live cast member that was capable of joining Monty Python. This was largely due to his comic timing, as well as his impersonations of well-known figures such as Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. Aykroyd received an Emmy award in 1977, for his work on the program. In 2003, Aykroyd returned to the show to host that season’s finale.

Life Beyond Saturday Night Live: When Aykroyd first met John Belushi, he put on a blues record in the background. This fuelled the material for their Blues Brothers act. The band released their first album Briefcase Full of Blues in 1978 and continue to tour, with original members, Lou Marini, Steve Cropper, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn’ and Eddie Floyd. Belushi died in 1982, just weeks before they were due to present the ‘Visual Effects Academy Award.

The House of Blues was co-founded by Aykroyd in 1992, with the purpose of promoting blues and folk music of African-American origin. The company was sold to Live Nation in 2007. Until the sale, it had been the second biggest promoter of live music in the world.

Dan Aykroyd went on to star in a number of comedy films, with varying results. Notably, he starred alongside his friend John Belushi, in The Blues Brothers, 1941 and Neighbors. One his more critically acclaimed performances was in the comic drama, Trading Places.

Perhaps his biggest success, the film Ghostbusters featured Aykroyd as writer, creator and lead actor. It was his interest in parapsychology that led to the film’s creation.

In 1989, Dan Aykroyd won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, for his role in the film Driving Miss Daisy.

Later on in his career, Aykroyd showed a tendency for taking small roles in major studio productions. He appeared as a neurologist in 50 First Dates and as a signals analyst in Pearl Harbour.

Building on the Ghostbusters legacy, Dan Aykroyd announced in 2007 that he would be providing his voice for a CGI sequel to the previous Ghostbusters films. In addition to this, he will be featured in a Ghostbusters video game.

Personal Life: Dan Aykroyd has previously been engaged to the actress Carrie Fisher (Star Wars). In 1983, he married the actress Donna Dixon. He appeared in a number of films with Dixon, including The Couch Trip, Spies Like Us, and Doctor Detroit. The pair have three daughters, Danielle (b.1989), Belle Kingston (b.1993), and Stella Irene August (b.1998).

In 2006, Aykroyd signed a deal with Niagara Cellars, who own four vineyards in the Niagara area of Canada and will sell red and white names that bear Dan Aykroyd’s name.

Career

He started his professional career in acting by performing in a sketch comedy television show titled ‘The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour.’ After shifting to Toronto, he formed a comedy duo with Valerie Bromfield.

Dan Aykroyd performed as an actor, writer, and producer for several comedy shots and children’s shows like ‘Change for a Quarter’ and ‘Coming Up Rosie,’ which were aired on local television in Toronto.

In 1973, he joined the ‘Second City’ improvisational troupe that provided him with the opportunity to work with personalities like Bill Murray, John Candy, and Gilda Radner.

Around the same time, he also worked as a television announcer and managed a nightclub. He got an opportunity to meet the renowned comedian and writer John Belushi at a time when the latter was looking for new talent in Toronto for a radio show titled ‘The National Lampoon Radio Hour.’

Along with Belushi, he was featured in the first season of the comedy television series ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1975. As part of the show, he revived the musical act ‘Blue Brothers’ with host James Belushi.

In 1992, in association with several well-known personalities, he set up the ‘House of Blues,’ a chain of thirteen live music concert halls to promote the cultural contributions of African-Americans to blues music and folk art.

In 1984, his film ‘Ghostbusters’ was released. The film saw him contribute as one of its lead actors, co-writers, and co-creators. The film was a huge success. He made his directorial debut with ‘Nothing but Trouble’ in 1991. The film did not succeed at the box office.

On March 24, 2007, he made a guest appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a fan of ‘American Idol’ finalist Sanjaya Malakar. He skillfully portrayed U.S. House Minority leader John Boehner in the show on February 14, 2009. He also made an appearance in the show on March 9, 2013.

In the same year, he co-wrote and appeared in ‘Ghostbusters: The Video Game.’ His writing works include his creation of liner notes for blues musician JW-Jones’ album ‘Bluelisted’ in 2008.

In the same year, he co-wrote and appeared in ‘Ghostbusters: The Video Game.’ His writing works include his creation of liner notes for blues musician JW-Jones’ album ‘Bluelisted’ in 2008.

In 2011, he appeared as a guest judge on ‘Top Chef Canada’ and was also seen in two episodes of CBS’s legal comedy-drama ‘The Defenders.’ Two years later, he voiced a character in ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.’

He then executive produced the 2016 supernatural comedy ‘Ghostbusters,’ renewal of the old franchise, where he also played a cameo role. He was also cast to play ‘Dr. Raymond Stantz’ in ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ which was released in 2021.

He hosts the program‘ House of Blues Radio Hour, a weekly show on Jazz FM in the character of Elwood Delaney aka Elwood Blues. At present, he sometimes also tours with his Blues Brothers.

Dan Aykroyd Profile/Introduction

Birthname Daniel Edward Aykroyd
Nickname Danny
Profession Actor
Famous for/as Acting

Dan Aykroyd Personal Life Info & More

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on 1 July 1952. As of 2021, his age is 69 years. He is Roman Catholic and his zodiac is Cancer.

Date of Birth/Birthday 1 July 1952
Age (as in 2021) 69 Years
Birthplace Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Hometown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign Cancer
Religion Roman Catholic

Dan Aykroyd Family Members Names & Information

His father, a civil engineer named Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, was a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Lorraine Hélène Marie, his mother, worked as a secretary. His mother was of French-Canadian origin, while his father was English, Scottish, Irish, French, and Dutch. Aykroyd grew up in a Spiritualist family. Peter, his brother, is also an actor.

Father Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd
Mother Lorraine Hélène Marie
Sisters None
Brother Peter

What is Dan Aykroyd’s Net Worth and Salary?

Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $250 million dollars. Aykroyd is best known for being one of the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live” and for playing the iconic role of Ray Stantz in the “Ghostbusters” franchise. He is also a member of The Blues Brothers, which began as a “Saturday Night Live” sketch featuring Dan and John Belushi, and evolved into a touring band; their 1978 album “Briefcase Full of Blues” went double platinum, selling 3.5 million copies. Aykroyd co-founded the House of Blues concert venue/restaurant chain in 1992 and launched Crystal Head Vodka with $600,000 in 2007; the vodka is sold in crystal skull-shaped bottles, and the company’s revenue topped $80 million by 2018.

Ghostbusters Salary

In order to secure the rights to the highly-coveted “Ghostbusters” script, Columbia Pictures agreed to some very generous salary terms as negotiated by Michael Ovitz, the principal partner at talent agency CAA. All three principal actors (Aykroyd, Murray, Ramis) plus the film’s director Ivan Reitman, would split 30% of the movie’s gross revenues at the box office, home video sales, and network licensing deals. In the end, this turned into $300 million split four ways. That’s $75 million per person. After adjusting for inflation, that’s the same as $200 million PER PERSON!

For the sequel, the four principals got an even sweeter deal. They each received a $6 million upfront salary and then split 35% of the gross. “Ghostbusters II” was slightly less successful, earning around $215 million at the box office. One could conservatively assume that between salary and backend points, each of the four earned $50 million of the sequel. That’s the same as $110 million after adjusting for inflation.

So, in total without adjusting for inflation, Dan Aykroyd earned approximately $125 million from the first two Ghostbusters. After adjusting for inflation he earned $310 million in today’s dollars.

As the film’s creator and screenwriter, Dan has earned millions more from additional sequels, merchandise, comic books and more.

Dan Aykroyd height, Bio,

Net Worth

Trivia

This famous comedian was born with syndactyly, a physical condition where two or more fingers are fused together. Moreover, he was born with heterochromia; the iris of his right eye is green, while the iris of his left eye is brown.

Dan Aykroyd Movies

1. Ghostbusters (1984)

(Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy)

2. The Blues Brothers (1980)

(Crime, Action, Comedy, Music, Musical)

3. Trading Places (1983)

(Comedy)

4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

(Action, Adventure)

5. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

(Drama)

6. Chaplin (1992)

(Drama, Comedy, Biography)

7. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

(Action, Crime, Comedy, Thriller, Romance)

8. My Girl (1991)

(Romance, Family, Comedy, Drama)

9. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

(Horror, Sci-Fi)

10. Sneakers (1992)

(Mystery, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Drama)

Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
1977 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series Saturday Night Live (1975)