Dan Aykroyd

Film Actor
Born Jul 1, 1952

Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM is a Canadian comedian, singer, actor and screenwriter. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters, and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter. In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Driving Miss Daisy.… Read More

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1952 Birth Aykroyd was born on Canada Day (July 1), 1952, at the Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. … Read More


1973 21 Years Old …  He was a member of the Second City comedy troupe in 1973 in both Toronto and Chicago. … Read More
1975 23 Years Old Aykroyd was the youngest member of the cast, and appeared on the show for its first four seasons, from 1975-79. … Read More
1977 25 Years Old While Aykroyd was a close friend and partner with fellow cast member John Belushi and shared some of the same sensibilities, Aykroyd was more reserved and less self-destructive. In 1977, he received an Emmy Award for writing on SNL; he later received two more nominations for writing and one for acting.
1980 28 Years Old …  The band was much further popularized in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, which Aykroyd co-wrote. … Read More


1982 30 Years Old Aykroyd and Belushi were scheduled to present the Academy Award for Visual Effects in 1982, but Belushi died only a few weeks prior to the ceremony. … Read More
1983 31 Years Old 1 More Event
One of his best-received performances was as a blueblood-turned-wretch in the 1983 comedy Trading Places, in which he co-starred with fellow SNL alumnus Eddie Murphy as well as Jamie Lee Curtis. … Read More
1984 32 Years Old Ghostbusters was released in 1984 and became a huge success for Aykroyd, who also appeared as one of the lead actors; the film earned nearly on a budget.
1985 33 Years Old Aykroyd's next major film role was in the 1985 spy comedy film Spies Like Us, which like The Blues Brothers was co-conceived and co-written by Aykroyd, and directed by Landis. … Read More
1987 35 Years Old 1987 saw the release of Dragnet, which Aykroyd co-starred in (with Tom Hanks) and co-wrote. … Read More
1988 36 Years Old Aykroyd appeared in five films released in 1988, all of them critical and commercial failures.
1989 37 Years Old 1 More Event
A sequel to Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, was released in 1989; Aykroyd and the other co-creators were reluctant to make another Ghostbusters film but succumbed to pressure from the film's studio, Columbia Pictures. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old Aykroyd's directorial debut was 1991's Nothing but Trouble starring Demi Moore, Chevy Chase, John Candy and Aykroyd, sporting a bulbous prosthetic nose. … Read More


1994 42 Years Old In 1994, Aykroyd made a guest appearance in an episode of the sitcom The Nanny as a refrigerator repairman.
1997 45 Years Old In 1997, he starred as an Episcopal priest in the ABC sitcom Soul Man which lasted two seasons.
2001 49 Years Old In 2001, he starred in the Woody Allen film The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. … Read More


2009 57 Years Old In 2009, Aykroyd and Ramis wrote and appeared in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which also featured Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, William Atherton, and Brian Doyle-Murray.
2010 58 Years Old In 2010, he played the voice of the title character, Yogi Bear, in the live-action/CGI-animated-film Yogi Bear. … Read More
2011 59 Years Old Aykroyd appeared in two February 2011 episodes of CBS's The Defenders, which starred Jim Belushi. … Read More


2013 61 Years Old He described additional details about his conditions in a 2013 interview when he stated that "I was diagnosed with Tourette's at 12. … Read More
In Rolling Stone Magazines February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Aykroyd was ranked fifth (behind Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, and Mike Myers). "Of all the original SNL greats, Aykroyd is the least imitated", they wrote, "because nobody else can do what he did." … Read More
2016 64 Years Old Aykroyd was one of the executive producers of Ghostbusters, a long-discussed reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, which was released in 2016. … Read More
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