40 Facts About Dan Aykroyd

1. Dan Aykroyd was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2002.

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2. In 1999, Dan Aykroyd was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

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3. Dan Aykroyd read the introduction for the audio version of the book.

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4. Dan Aykroyd wrote the introduction and accompanied his father on a series of promotional activities, including launches in New York and Toronto, appearances on Larry King Live, Coast to Coast AM and various other public relations initiatives.

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5. Dan Aykroyd is interviewed for 80 minutes by UFOlogist David Sereda discussing in depth many aspects of the UFO phenomenon.

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6. Dan Aykroyd is a lifetime member of and official Hollywood consultant for the Mutual UFO Network.

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7. Dan Aykroyd was openly hostile to the 1989 film Wired, a biopic of Belushi, and has since refused to work with anyone involved in the film.

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8. Dan Aykroyd supports the Reserves with a fundraiser concert along with other blues and gospel singers in the State of Mississippi.

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9. Dan Aykroyd would carry his badge with him at all times.

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10. Dan Aykroyd is a former reserve commander for the police department in Harahan, Louisiana, working for Chief of Police Peter Dale.

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11. Dan Aykroyd maintains his Canadian roots as a longtime resident of Sydenham, Ontario, with his estate on Loughborough Lake.

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12. Dan Aykroyd is a member of Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.

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13. Dan Aykroyd helped start the Blue Line Foundation, which is redeveloping flood-damaged lots in New Orleans and helping first responders buy them at reduced prices.

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

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15. Dan Aykroyd is part owner of several wineries in Canada's Niagara Peninsula as well as the company that distributes Patron tequila in Canada.

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16. Dan Aykroyd hosts the nationally, now internationally as well, syndicated radio show "Elwood's BluesMobile", formerly known as House of Blues Radio Hour, under his Blues Brothers moniker Elwood Blues.

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17. Dan Aykroyd wrote the liner notes for fellow Ottawa-born blues musician JW-Jones's album Bluelisted in 2008.

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18. Dan Aykroyd participated in the recording of "We Are the World" in 1985, as a member of the chorus.

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19. Dan Aykroyd had a cameo appearance in the film, along with many of the rest of the original Ghostbusters cast.

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20. Dan Aykroyd was one of the executive producers of Ghostbusters, a long-discussed reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, which was released in 2016.

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21. In 2013, Dan Aykroyd voiced the role of Scarecrow in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

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22. Dan Aykroyd appeared on Top Chef Canada as a guest judge.

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23. In 1998, Dan Aykroyd voiced the role of Chip, a wasp, in Antz.

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24. In 1994, Dan Aykroyd made a guest appearance in an episode of the sitcom The Nanny as a refrigerator repairman.

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25. Dan Aykroyd was the second SNL cast member to be nominated for an Oscar, the first being Joan Cusack.

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26. Dan Aykroyd had again intended for Belushi to be the other lead in the film; the part was instead given to SNL alumnus Chevy Chase.

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27. Dan Aykroyd made a surprise guest appearance, along with many other SNL alumni, on the show of March 9, 2013.

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28. On March 24, 2007, Dan Aykroyd appeared as a crying fan of American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar during Weekend Update.

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29. Dan Aykroyd became the second member of the original cast to host SNL in May 2003 when he appeared in the season finale.

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30. Dan Aykroyd would bring back past characters including Irwin Mainway and Leonard Pinth-Garnell.

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31. Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the Weekend Update segment for one season with Jane Curtin, known particularly for their point-counterpoint debates enlivened with vicious personal insults including his catchphrase "Jane, you ignorant slut".

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32. Dan Aykroyd gained fame on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live.

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33. Dan Aykroyd was a member of the Second City comedy troupe in 1973 in both Toronto and Chicago.

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34. Dan Aykroyd said 'keep that beat going, you make Muddy feel good.

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35. Dan Aykroyd developed his musical career in Ottawa, particularly through his regular attendances at The Owl, a club that featured many blues artists.

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36. Dan Aykroyd worked as a comedian in various Canadian nightclubs and ran an after-hours speakeasy, Club 505, in Toronto for several years.

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37. Dan Aykroyd was raised in the Catholic Church, and until age 17 he intended to become a priest.

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38. Dan 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".

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39. Dan Aykroyd is a businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand.

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40. Dan Aykroyd conceived and starred in Ghostbusters, which spawned a sequel and eventually an entire media franchise.

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