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Dan Aykroyd is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Canadien born on 1 july 1952 at Ottawa (Canada)

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd
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Birth name Daniel Edward Aykroyd
Nationality Canada
Birth 1 july 1952 (66 years) at Ottawa (Canada)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award

Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM (/ˈækrɔɪd/; born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and musician. He is known for being an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live, as Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi), and as Ray Stantz in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).

He is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded the music venue chain House of Blues in 1992, and the vodka brand Crystal Head Vodka in 2007.

In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy.

Biography

Aykroyd is a permanent resident of the United States although he maintains his Canadian citizenship. Aykroyd was briefly engaged to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher. He proposed to her on the set of The Blues Brothers (1980), in which she acted out a spurned girlfriend of John Belushi's Jake Blues who was trying to kill both, but the engagement ended when she reconciled with former boyfriend, musician Paul Simon.

In 1983, he married actress Donna Dixon, with whom he starred in the movies Doctor Detroit (1983), on whose set they first met, Spies Like Us (1985) and The Couch Trip (1988). They have three daughters, Danielle, Stella and Belle. He maintains his Canadian roots as a longtime resident of Sydenham, Ontario, with his estate on Loughborough Lake.

Aykroyd described himself (in a radio interview with Terry Gross) as having Tourette syndrome that was successfully treated with therapy when he was a preteen, as well as mild Asperger's. (At the time, Asperger's did not exist as a term.)

He is a former reserve commander for the police department in Harahan, Louisiana, working for Chief of Police Peter Dale. Aykroyd would carry his badge with him at all times.

He is also an Honorary Member of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department's Reserves in Hinds County, Mississippi. He supports the Reserves with a fundraiser concert along with other Blues and Gospel singers in the State of Mississippi.


Friendship with John Belushi
In an appearance on the Today show, Aykroyd referred to himself and John Belushi as "kindred spirits." In the biography "Belushi," Aykroyd claims that Belushi was the only man he could ever dance with.

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. Though devastated by his friend's death, Aykroyd presented the award alone, remarking from the stage: "My partner would have loved to have been here to present this, given that he was something of a visual effect himself."

Aykroyd was openly hostile to the 1989 film Wired, a biopic of Belushi (which featured Aykroyd as a character), and has since refused to work with anyone involved in the film. He had actor J.T. Walsh fired from the film Loose Cannons after Walsh had already done two days of filming, after finding out that Walsh had been in the cast of Wired.


Beliefs

Aykroyd considers himself a Spiritualist, stating that:


I am a Spiritualist, a proud wearer of the Spiritualist badge. Mediums and psychic research have gone on for many, many years.... Loads of people have seen spirits, heard a voice or felt the cold temperature. I believe that they are between here and there, that they exist between the fourth and fifth dimension, and that they visit us frequently.
His great-grandfather, a dentist, was a mystic who corresponded with author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the subject of Spiritualism, and who was a member of the Lily Dale Society.

Other than Spiritualism, Aykroyd is also interested in various other aspects of the paranormal, particularly UFOlogy. He is a lifetime member of and official Hollywood consultant for the Mutual UFO Network. Along these lines, he served, from 1996 to 2000, as "host" of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, which claimed to describe cases drawn from the archives of "The Office Of Scientific Investigation And Research." In 2005, Aykroyd produced the DVD Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs. Aykroyd is interviewed for 80 minutes by UFOlogist David Sereda discussing in depth many aspects of the UFO phenomenon, and reveals specifically that they are blue, not green, but appear that way because of a filter.

On September 29, 2009, Peter Aykroyd Sr., Dan's father, published a book entitled A History of Ghosts. This book chronicled the family's historical involvement in the Spiritualist Movement, to which Aykroyd readily refers. 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. Aykroyd also read the introduction for the audio version of the book.

Best films

Ghostbusters (1984)
(Actor)
Ghostbusters (2016)
(Characters)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
(Actor)
Yogi Bear (2010)
(Actor)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)
(Actor)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
(Actor)

Usually with

John Landis
John Landis
(10 films)
Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
(4 films)
Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
(4 films)
John Candy
John Candy
(8 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Dan Aykroyd (83 films)

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Actor

Ghostbusters, 1h56
Directed by Paul Feig
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Jones, Andy García
Roles Frustrated Cabbie
Rating52% 2.6020252.6020252.6020252.6020252.602025
Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Yates and others when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.
The Ridiculous 6, 1h59
Directed by Frank Coraci
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Western
Actors Will Forte, Taylor Lautner, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Jorge Garcia, Danny Trejo
Rating48% 2.40122.40122.40122.40122.4012
Tommy, un homme de race blanche élevé par des Indiens, est un jour approché par son père depuis longtemps disparu. Ce dernier lui révèle avoir besoin de 50 000 dollars car sinon il sera tué par son ancien gang. Tommy va alors se lancer dans un voyage ridicule et incroyable afin de trouver l'argent nécessaire. Lors de ce voyage, il va rencontrer ses cinq demi-frères sur le chemin qui vont le rejoindre afin de sauver leur père.
Pixels
Pixels (2015)
, 1h46
Directed by Chris Columbus
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about video games, Political films, Films based on video games, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean
Roles 1982 Championship MC
Rating56% 2.800052.800052.800052.800052.80005
In the summer of 1982, Sam Brenner and Will Cooper are thirteen-year-olds who love playing in the local arcade. Brenner enters an arcade game world championships. At the event, the MC tells that a time capsule will be launched into space containing a videocassette that includes scenes from the championships. Brenner and Cooper meet Ludlow Lamonsoff, a child who's in love with Lady Lisa, the main character of the game Dojo Quest. Brenner succeeds in every game, but finally loses to Eddie Plant in Donkey Kong.
Tammy
Tammy (2014)
, 1h36
Directed by Ben Falcone
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Toni Collette
Roles Don
Rating49% 2.4526852.4526852.4526852.4526852.452685
In Murphysboro, Illinois, Tammy Banks strikes a deer on the way to her job at Topper Jack's (a fictional fast food restaurant), causing significant damage to her vehicle. Once she arrives at Topper Jack's, her supervisor, Keith, fires her for repeatedly showing up late for her shift. Upon leaving, Tammy indignantly causes a scene by contaminating or stealing food. After her car dies on the way home on Illinois Route 13, she eventually arrives to find her husband, Greg, eating a romantic meal with their neighbor, Missi. Upset, Tammy leaves and walks two doors down to her parents' house.
Get on Up
Get on Up (2014)
, 2h18
Directed by Tate Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Taraji P. Henson, Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Tika Sumpter
Roles Ben Bart
Rating68% 3.44843.44843.44843.44843.4484
The film opens in 1993 with James Brown walking through a darkened hallway as an audience chants his name. He hears the voices of people he knew throughout his life. The film then cuts to 1988 in Augusta, Georgia; James learns that his private bathroom in a strip mall he owns was used without his consent. As he confronts and then forgives the trespasser, he accidentally fires a shotgun, attracting the police.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, 1h32
Directed by Will Finn
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Le pays d'Oz, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty
Roles Scarecrow (voice)
Rating55% 2.752332.752332.752332.752332.75233
In the Land of Oz, the Emerald City's co-leaders the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion discover that an evil Jester has stolen the broomstick of the late Wicked Witch of the West and taken control over the Flying Monkeys. With Oz's future at stake, the Scarecrow decides to use his invention called the Rainbow Mover to summon Dorothy Gale to save the kingdom again. But flying monkeys invade the castle and force the trio out the window.
Behind the Candelabra, 1h58
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula
Roles Seymour Heller
Rating69% 3.4980653.4980653.4980653.4980653.498065
In 1977, 18-year-old Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), who works as an animal trainer for films, meets Bob Black (Scott Bakula), a Hollywood producer, in a gay bar in Los Angeles. At Black's urging, he leaves his adopted home in search of better-paying work. Black introduces Thorson to Liberace (Michael Douglas), who takes an immediate liking to the handsome younger man. Liberace invites the two backstage and then to his luxurious home in Las Vegas. Thorson observes that one of Liberace's beloved dogs is suffering from a temporary form of blindness, and with his veterinary assistant background, informs the famous pianist that he knows how to cure the condition. After treating the dog, Thorson becomes Liberace's "assistant" at the performer's request.
The Campaign, 1h25
Directed by Jay Roach
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Political films
Actors Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Baker, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott
Roles Wade Motch
Rating60% 3.048413.048413.048413.048413.04841
Democratic Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) of North Carolina's fictional 14th District is running for his fifth term unopposed. However his campaign is damaged by the revelation of his affair with one of his supporters, when Cam accidentally leaves a sexually explicit voice message on a local family's answering machine.
Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear (2010)
, 1h20
Directed by Eric Brevig
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Children's films
Actors Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, Christine Taylor, T. J. Miller
Roles Yogi Bear (voice)
Rating46% 2.30762.30762.30762.30762.3076
Yogi (Voiced by Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Voiced by Justin Timberlake) are two brown bears who have a penchant for stealing picnic baskets from visitors to Jellystone Park, while park rangers Smith (Tom Cavanagh) and Jones (T.J. Miller) are preventing them to do so. Meanwhile, Mayor R. Brown (Andrew Daly) realizes that Franklin City is facing bankruptcy due to profligate spending on his part. To solve it and fund his election campaign to be the next governor, the mayor decides to select Jellystone as a logging site, and Jellystone is prepared to be shut down.
Presidential Reunion, 6minutes
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin USA
Actors Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen, Darrell Hammond, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd
Roles Jimmy Carter
Rating65% 3.2976053.2976053.2976053.2976053.297605
The skit revolves around Barack Obama (Armisen) preparing for bed, but is too concerned about a problem with the banks and credit card companies in America. Michelle (Rudolph) convinces him to retire for the evening, but as soon as he does, former Presidents Bill Clinton (Hammond) and George W. Bush (Ferrell) enter the room. Clinton and Bush come to offer Obama advice as to how to handle the situation, reminiscing on their past duties. George H. W. Bush (Carvey) then exits the bathroom and offers his advice to the Obamas: to forget about approval rates. Jimmy Carter (Aykroyd) then enters the room (with a toolbox and begins fixing a random object on the wall) and is ridiculed by the other former presidents. Carter tells Obama to establish a consumer finance agency, stating people are becoming frustrated with being conned by banks and credit card companies. Ronald Reagan (Carrey) then appears before the group, surprising Carter (since Reagan is dead).
War, Inc.
War, Inc. (2008)
, 1h46
Directed by Joshua Seftel
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, John Cusack
Roles Mr. Vice President
Rating56% 2.8499252.8499252.8499252.8499252.849925
The film opens in a bar in Nunavut when hitman Brand Hauser (John Cusack) shoots and kills three men at the bar. He takes pictures of the men with his phone, sends the pictures, and then throws the phone into a burning garbage can.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, 1h55
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about the labor movement, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Buddy films, LGBT-related films, Same-sex marriage in film, Disaster films, Films about marriage, LGBT-related film
Actors Adam Sandler, Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd
Roles Captain Phineas J. Tucker
Rating59% 2.99962.99962.99962.99962.9996
Chuck Levine, a womanizing bachelor, and Larry Valentine, a widower struggling to raise his two children, are two veteran New York City fire fighters. During a routine sweep of a burned building, a segment of floor collapses on Chuck. However, Larry quickly shields him from the falling debris, saving his life. Later, he and Chuck wake up in a hospital, where Chuck vows to repay Larry in any way possible. This incident serves as a catalyst for Larry's epiphany: death is both inevitable and unpredictable. This prompts him to significantly increase his life insurance policy, but he runs into difficulties naming his children as primary beneficiaries in his policy. He is told he should get remarried so his new spouse could be the primary beneficiary; however, it doesn't specify who he has to marry. Inspired by a newspaper article about domestic partnerships, Larry asks Chuck to enter a civil union with him. Although Chuck declines at first, he is reminded of his debt to Larry and finally agrees, entering a domestic partnership and becoming Larry's primary beneficiary in the event of his death. To their dismay, however, New York City investigators soon arrive to inquire about their abrupt partnership, under suspicion of fraud. Chuck and Larry decide to enlist the help of lawyer Alex McDonough, played by Jessica Biel, who suggests they get married and move in together to prove they're committed. Chuck reluctantly agrees. The pair soon travel to Canada for a quick marriage (so quick they use a nearby homeless person as the best man) and begin living together.
Let's All Hate Toronto, 1h15
Directed by Albert Nerenberg
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about cities
Actors Albert Nerenberg, Colin Mochrie, Dan Aykroyd, Rachel Blanchard, Russell Peters, Douglas Coupland
Rating60% 3.0130553.0130553.0130553.0130553.013055
Mr. Toronto starts his journey in Hamilton after he sees a billboard boasting "Toronto Sucks" as an advertisement campaign. He finds out that some fans of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats put on bags over their heads because of the shame of losing to Toronto during the Labour Day CFL game every year. He decides to go around Canada on a fake "Toronto Appreciation Day" tour. Mr. Toronto visits St. John's and Halifax, where Atlantic Canadians spit on his "Toronto Appreciation Day" banner. Then he travels to Montreal where local comedy troupe The Dancing Cock Brothers sing "Goodbye Toronto, Bonjour Montreal" and where his Toronto work ethic influences the city to change the light bulbs on the giant cross atop Mount Royal. Next, he skips the Prairies (because “every Torontonian does”), and lands in Calgary and Vancouver, where he learns that resentment towards Toronto runs very deep. During the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, he visits Edmonton where he risks his life by wearing a faux Wayne Gretzky Toronto Maple Leafs jersey during the Edmonton Oilers’ Stanley Cup run.
50 First Dates, 1h39
Directed by Peter Segal
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus, Blake Clark
Roles Dr. Keats
Rating67% 3.3993353.3993353.3993353.3993353.399335
Henry Roth is a veterinarian at Sea Life Park on the island of Oahu who has a reputation of womanizing female tourists. He shows no interest in committing to a serious relationship and his closest friends are Ula, a marijuana-smoking Islander; his assistant Alexa, whose sexuality and gender is unclear; Willy, his pet African penguin and Jocko, a walrus.
Christmas with the Kranks, 1h38
Directed by Joe Roth
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Christmas films
Actors Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Erik Per Sullivan, Julie Gonzalo, Jake Busey
Roles Vic Frohmeyer
Rating53% 2.6519252.6519252.6519252.6519252.651925
After Riverside, Illinois couple Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) see their daughter, Blair (Julie Gonzalo) depart for a Peace Corps assignment in Peru on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, empty nest syndrome sets in. Luther calculates the couple spent $6,132 during the previous year's holiday season and, not looking forward to celebrating Christmas without their daughter, he suggests they invest the money usually spent on decorations, gifts, and entertainment and treat themselves to a ten-day Caribbean cruise instead. Skeptical at first, Nora finally agrees under the condition that they still give a donation to the church and Children's Hospital. Luther tries to refuse but finally agrees and they begin planning the trip.