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Dan Aykroyd

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Birthplace:   Ottawa, Canada
One of the most vibrant comic personalities of the 1970s and '80s, as well as a noted actor and screenwriter, Dan Aykroyd got his professional start in his native Canada. Before working as a standup comedian in various Canadian nightclubs, Aykroyd studied at a Catholic seminary from which he was later expelled. He then worked as a train brakeman, a surveyor, and studied Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he began writing and performing comedy sketches. His success as a comic in school led him to work with the Toronto branch of the famed Second City improvisational troupe. During this time -- while he was also managing the hot nightspot Club 505 on the side -- Aykroyd met comedian and writer John Belushi, who had come to Toronto to scout new talent for "The National Lampoon Radio Hour." In 1975, both Aykroyd and Belushi were chosen to appear in the first season of Canadian producer Lorne Michaels' innovative comedy television series Saturday Night Live. It was as part of the show that Aykroyd gained notoriety for his dead-on impersonations of presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. He also won fame for his other characters, such as Beldar, the patriarch of the Conehead clan of suburban aliens, and Elwood, the second half of the Blues Brothers (Jake Blues was played by Belushi). Aykroyd made his feature-film debut in 1977 in the Canadian comedy Love at First Sight, but neither it nor his subsequent film, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, were successful. His first major Hollywood screen venture was as a co-lead in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979). But Aykroyd still did not earn much recognition until 1980, when he and Belushi reprised their popular SNL characters in The Blues Brothers, a terrifically successful venture that managed to become both one of the most often-quoted films of the decade and a true cult classic. Aykroyd and Belushi went on to team up one more time for Neighbors (1981) before Belushi's death in 1982. Aykroyd's subsequent films in the '80s ranged from the forgettable to the wildly successful, with all-out comedies such as Ghostbusters (1984) and Dragnet (1987) falling into the latter category. Many of these films allowed him to collaborate with some of Hollywood's foremost comedians, including fellow SNL alumni Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Eddie Murphy, as well as Tom Hanks and the late John Candy. In such pairings, Aykroyd usually played the straight man -- typically an uptight intellectual or a latent psycho. He tried his hand at drama in 1989 as Jessica Tandy's son in Driving Miss Daisy and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. During the '90s, Aykroyd's career faltered just a bit as he appeared in one disappointment after another. Despite scattered successes like My Girl (1991), Chaplin (1992), Casper (1995), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), and Antz (1998), the all-out flops -- The Coneheads (1993), Exit to Eden (1994), Sgt. Bilko (1996) -- were plentiful. Likewise, the long-awaited Blues Brothers sequel, Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), proved a great disappointment. Aykroyd, however, continued to maintain a screen profile, starring as Kirk Douglas' son in the family drama Diamonds in 1999. During the next few years, he found greater success in supporting roles, with turns as a shifty businessman in the period drama The House of Mirth (2000), Woody Allen's boss in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), pop star Britney Spears' father in her screen debut, Crossroads (2002), and (in a particularly amusing turn) as Dr. Keats in the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates. Aykroyd also appeared in the 2005 Christmas with the Kranks, alongside Tim Allen and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler in 2006. He also provided the voice of Yogi Bear in the big screen adaptation of the titular cartoon -- but none of these projects did particularly well with fans. Aykroyd soon planned to revive the smashing success of the Ghostbusters franchise, collaborating with Harold Ram

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
71% Good Fortune
  • Actor
2017
73% Ghostbusters
  • Executive Producer
  • Cabbie
$128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads
  • Actor
2016
72% I Am Chris Farley
  • Actor
2015
17% Pixels
  • 1982 Championship MC
$66.5M 2015
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Untitled John Belushi Project
  • Executive Producer
2015
80% Get On Up
  • Ben Bart
$22.9M 2014
23% Tammy
  • Don
$51.1M 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • Scarecrow
$6.5M 2014
95% Behind the Candelabra
  • Actor
$1.7M 2013
No Score Yet Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot
  • Actor
2013
64% The Campaign
  • Wade Motch
$86.9M 2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2012
13% Yogi Bear
  • Yogi Bear
$100.2M 2010
No Score Yet Unbeaten 28
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Unbeaten
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08
  • Actor
2008
30% War, Inc.
  • Mr. Vice President
$0.6M 2008
14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • Captain Tucker
$119.8M 2007
No Score Yet Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster)
  • Julius Jenson
2007
No Score Yet Let's All Hate Toronto
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Intern Academy
  • Dr. Cyrill Kipp
2006
No Score Yet Comedy Gold: The Hilarious Story of Canadian Comedy
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin'
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet James Brown: Soul Survivor
  • Actor
2004
5% Christmas With the Kranks
  • Vic Frohmeyer
$73.8M 2004
44% 50 First Dates
  • Dr. Keats
$120.8M 2004
65% Bright Young Things
  • Lord Monomark
$0.9M 2003
No Score Yet Evidence: The Case for NASA UFOs
  • Actor
2002
14% Crossroads
  • Pete
$37.1M 2002
14% Unconditional Love
  • Max Beasley
2002
No Score Yet Earth vs. the Spider
  • Det. Insp. Jack Grillo
2002
No Score Yet On The Nose
  • Dr. Davis
2001
45% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • Chris
$6.8M 2001
42% Evolution
  • Gov. Lewis
$37.6M 2001
25% Pearl Harbor
  • Capt. Thurman
$197.8M 2001
81% The House of Mirth
  • Gus Trenor
2000
43% Stardom
  • Barry Levine
2000
24% Loser
  • Mr. Tannek
2000
No Score Yet Susan's Plan
  • Bob
2000
26% Diamonds
  • Lance
1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin
  • Actor
1999
96% Antz
  • Chip
1998
47% Blues Brothers 2000
  • Screenwriter
  • Elwood Blues
  • Producer
1997
80% Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Mr. Grocer
1997
No Score Yet The Arrow
  • Actor
1997
47% My Fellow Americans
  • William Haney
1996
16% Feeling Minnesota
  • Ben
1996
27% My Girl 2
  • Harry Sultenfuss
1996
9% Celtic Pride
  • Jimmy Flaherty
1996
0% Getting Away with Murder
  • Prof. Jack Lambert
1996
32% Sgt. Bilko
  • Col. Hall
1996
14% Canadian Bacon
  • Highway Patrolman (uncredited)
1995
44% Casper
  • Doctor Raymond Stantz (uncredited)
1995
44% Tommy Boy
  • Zalinsky
1995
No Score Yet Random Factor
  • Dexter
1995
6% Exit to Eden
  • Fred
1994
15% North
  • Pa Tex
1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of the Coneheads
  • Actor
1994
33% Coneheads
  • Screenwriter
  • Beldar
1993
No Score Yet The Best of the Blues Brothers
  • Actor
1993
57% Chaplin
  • Mack Sennett
1992
81% Sneakers
  • Mother
1992
42% This Is My Life
  • Arnold Moss
1992
50% My Girl
  • Harry Sultenfuss
1991
8% Nothing but Trouble
  • BoboJudge Alvin 'J.P' Valkenheiser/BoboJ.P.
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet Masters of Menace
  • Johnny Lewis
1990
0% Loose Cannons
  • Ellis Fielding
1990
53% Ghostbusters 2
  • Dr. Raymond Stantz
  • Screenwriter
1989
82% Driving Miss Daisy
  • Boolie Werthan
  • Producer
1989
19% My Stepmother Is an Alien
  • Dr. Steven Mills
1988
4% Caddyshack II
  • Capt. Tom Everett
1988
40% The Great Outdoors
  • Roman Craig
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
43% The Couch Trip
  • John W. Burns, Jr.
1988
No Score Yet Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter
  • Actor
1988
48% Dragnet
  • Screenwriter
  • Friday
1987
No Score Yet One More Saturday Night
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1986
35% Spies Like Us
  • Screenwriter
  • Austin Millbarge
1985
41% Into the Night
  • Herb
1985
No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever
  • Buck
1984
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
  • Screenwriter
  • Dr. Raymond Stantz
1984
85% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Weber
1984
65% Twilight Zone---The Movie
  • Passenger
1983
86% Trading Places
  • Louis Winthorpe III
1983
40% Doctor Detroit
  • Screenwriter
  • Clifford Skridlow
1983
No Score Yet It Came from Hollywood
  • Actor
1982
63% Neighbors
  • Vic
1981
85% The Blues Brothers
  • Screenwriter
  • Elwood Blues
1980
33% 1941
  • Sgt. Frank Tree
1979
No Score Yet Mr. Mike's Mondo Video
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland
  • Actor
1978
90% All You Need Is Cash
  • Brian Thigh
1978
No Score Yet Love at First Sight (Love is Blind)
  • Roy
1977
No Score Yet Gift of Winter
  • Actor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Born to Explore
2011-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2011
73% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Judge Max Hunter
  • 2011
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Performer
  • 2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2003
  • 1998
  • 1995
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Father Mike
  • 1997

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