50 Facts About Dan Aykroyd

1. Dan Aykroyd was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live.

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2. Dan Aykroyd gained prominence for writing, and starring as Dr Raymond Stantz in, Ghostbusters, which spawned a sequel and eventually an entire media franchise.

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3. Dan Aykroyd is known for his comedic roles in Blues Brothers, Trading Places (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), Dragnet (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), and Coneheads (1993), In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Driving Miss Daisy (1989).

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4. Dan Aykroyd continued his dramatic roles in My Girl, Chaplin, and Sneakers (both 1992).

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5. Dan Aykroyd starred as Reverend Mike Weber in his own sitcom, Soul Man.

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6. 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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7. Dan Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario.

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8. Dan Aykroyd 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.

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9. 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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10. Dan Aykroyd is a heterochromiac syndactylite - he has webbed middle toes on both feet and he has different coloured eyes: one is brown and one is green.

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

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

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

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14. Dan Aykroyd was the youngest member of the cast, and appeared on the show for its first four seasons, from 1975 to 1979.

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15. Dan Aykroyd brought a unique sensibility to the show, combining youth, unusual interests, talent as an impersonator, and an almost lunatic intensity.

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16. Dan Aykroyd was known for his impersonations of celebrities such as Jimmy Carter, Vincent Price, Richard Nixon, Rod Serling, Tom Snyder, Julia Child, and others.

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17. In Rolling Stones February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Dan Aykroyd was ranked fifth.

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

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

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21. Dan Aykroyd educated Belushi 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.

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22. Concurrent with his work in Saturday Night Live, Dan 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.

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23. Dragnet, in which Dan Aykroyd co-starred and co-wrote, was released in 1987.

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24. The film was both an homage and a satire of the previous Dragnet series, with Dan Aykroyd playing Sgt.

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25. Dan Aykroyd appeared in five films released in 1988, all of them critical and commercial failures.

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26. Dan Aykroyd was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1989's Driving Miss Daisy.

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27. Three exceptions were My Girl, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis, and Macaulay Culkin, Tommy Boy (1995), which starred SNL alumni David Spade and Chris Farley, in which Dan Aykroyd played the role of Ray Zalinsky, and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), in which Dan Aykroyd had a well-received role as a rival hit man.

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

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

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

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31. 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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32. Dan Aykroyd reprised his role of Dr Ray Stantz in the movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

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

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

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35. On New Year's Eve, 1994, Dan Aykroyd opened the Dan Aykroyd's Ghetto House Cafe on Princess Street in Kingston, Ontario.

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36. Dan Aykroyd is part owner of several wineries in Canada's Niagara Peninsula, and the company that distributes Patron tequila in Canada.

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37. In 2016, Dan Aykroyd partnered with TV producers Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey and game developer Ike McFadden to release an online-casino game that features the Blues Brothers.

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38. Dan Aykroyd provided the in-game voice of his Elwood Blues character via voiceover.

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

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41. Dan Aykroyd was briefly engaged to actress Carrie Fisher, whom he proposed to on the set of The Blues Brothers, in which she appeared as a jilted girlfriend of John Belushi's character Jake Blues.

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

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43. 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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44. Dan Aykroyd was openly hostile to the 1989 film Wired, a biopic of Belushi which was based on the 1984 book of the same name by journalist Bob Woodward, starred Michael Chiklis in his film debut as Belushi, and featured him as a character played by actor Gary Groomes.

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

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

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

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48. In 1977, Dan Aykroyd received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series for his collaborative work on Saturday Night Live.

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

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

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