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Dan Aykroyd (born 1.7.1952)
Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian comedian and actor. He rose to fame with his performances on Saturday Night Live and as cast member of The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters.
Childhood: Dan Aykroyd was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian capital. His father, Samuel was a civil engineer and his French Canadian mother Lorraine was a secretary. He was born with webbed feet (as was revealed in a Saturday Night Live sketch, 'Don't Look Back In Anger') and different coloured eyes.
Aykroyd was expelled from St. Patrick's College, when his show-and-tell piece was a pig dressed up as the Pope. He later dropped out of his criminology course at Carleton University.
Aykroyd's comedy career began in a number of Canadian nightclubs. He later joined The Second City comedy troupe and found work in the National Lampoon's stage shows.
The Breakthrough: Aykroyd's big break came on Saturday Night Live. For the show's first four seasons (1975-79), Aykroyd was a writer and a cast member. Monty Python's Eric Idle has commented that Dan Aykroyd was the only Saturday Night Live cast member that was capable of joining Monty Python. This was largely due to his comic timing, as well as his impersonations of well-known figures such as Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. Aykroyd received an Emmy award in 1977, for his work on the program. In 2003, Aykroyd returned to the show to host that season's finale.
Life Beyond Saturday Night Live: When Aykroyd first met John Belushi, he put on a blues record in the background. This fuelled the material for their Blues Brothers act. The band released their first album Briefcase Full of Blues in 1978 and continue to tour, with original members, Lou Marini, Steve Cropper, Donald 'Duck' Dunn' and Eddie Floyd. Belushi died in 1982, just weeks before they were due to present the 'Visual Effects' Academy Award.
The House of Blues was co-founded by Aykroyd in 1992, with the purpose of promoting blues and folk music of African-American origin. The company was sold to Live Nation in 2007. Until the sale, it had been the second biggest promoter of live music in the world.
Dan Aykroyd went on to star in a number of comedy films, with varying results. Notably, he starred alongside his friend John Belushi, in The Blues Brothers, 1941 and Neighbors. One his more critically acclaimed performances was in the comic-drama, Trading Places.
Perhaps his biggest success, the film Ghostbusters featured Aykroyd as writer, creator and lead actor. It was his interest in parapsychology that led to the film's creation.
In 1989, Dan Aykroyd won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, for his role in the film Driving Miss Daisy.
Later on in his career, Aykroyd showed a tendency for taking small roles in major studio productions. He appeared as a neurologist in 50 First Dates and as a signals analyst in Pearl Harbour.
Building on the Ghostbusters legacy, Dan Aykroyd announced in 2007 that he would be providing his voice for a CGI sequel to the previous Ghostbusters films. In addition to this, he will be featured in a Ghostbusters video game.
Personal Life: Dan Aykroyd has previously been engaged to the actress Carrie Fisher (Star Wars). In 1983, he married the actress Donna Dixon. He appeared in a number of films with Dixon, including The Couch Trip, Spies Like Us and Doctor Detroit. The pair have three daughters, Danielle (b.1989), Belle Kingston (b.1993) and Stella Irene August (b.1998).
In 2006, Aykroyd signed a deal with Niagara Cellars, who own four vineyards in the Niagara area of Canada and will sell red and white names that bear Dan Aykroyd's name.
Actress Chloe Webb has assured Ghostbusters fanatics their Valentine's Day will be safe after predicting the end of the world would fall on 14 February, 2016 in the film's 1989 sequel.
Chloe played psychic Elaine, who told Bill Murray's character an alien had informed her armageddon would fall on the most romantic day in 27 years, during a segment on fictitious TV show World of the Psychic.
But, as her end of days fast approaches, the actress has posted a new video online to promote upcoming documentary Ghostheads, about the Ghostbuster fan base, assuring devotees all will be well on Sunday (14Feb16).
"That alien texted me out of the blue to say that the world was not ending on Valentine's Day, 2016," she says in the video. "That prediction was based on the fact that the slime was rising at such a rate."
Continue reading: Ghostbusters Ii 'Psychic' Backtracks On End Of The World Prediction
Pamela Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Pamela Anderson , Dan Aykroyd - ****File Photos** Pamela Anderson will be the last model to pose nude for Playboy magazine. Two months after bosses at the men's publication announced they would stop featuring pictures of naked women, they have confirmed Anderson, who has posed for the magazine several times, received a personal call from founder Hugh Hefner's attorney, during which she was invited to grace the cover topless one last time. "(The) attorney said, 'We don't want anybody else," she tells Entertainment Tonight. "There's nobody else, could you do the last cover of Playboy?'" It was one of the 48 year old's sons who informed her the magazine was undergoing a transformation, and after her initial shock, she admits she understands why the publishers would want to change direction. "I was like, 'What, are you serious'," she continues. "But then I thought that's probably a good thing. It's hard to compete with the Internet. And the girl next door doesn't exist anymore. She's taking selfies down her shirt, like, you know, there's no mystery over there anymore. It doesn't have that same charm and innocence that it used to." Anderson was initially hesitant to participate in the shoot, because her sons were teased and challenged to fist fights over her past racy photoshoots, so she turned to them before agreeing to bare all one more time. "I said, 'Hef just called, he wants me to do the last cover of Playboy'," she adds. "(Brandon) goes, 'Mom you've got to do it. We're older, we're not embarrassed anymore of you. You know, we think you're great'. He was so excited. He may have high-fived me! And then I asked (17-year-old) Dylan too, and Dylan's like, 'Mom, you know you've done it all'. I don't know what to say but they were really excited for me, and I was excited too." Anderson is grateful she was given a chance to pose for Playboy one more time, because she has started to feel insecure about her aging appearance. "People have been asking me over the last year, 'Would you ever pose for at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 4th December 2015
The Offices Of The Chicago, Illinois Theatre Troupe Where Stars Like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Alda And Tina Fey Honed Their Comedy Talents Have Been Destroyed By Fire.
The blaze ripped through part of the Second City comedy complex on Wednesday (26Aug15), but spared the theatre, which some of America's top comedians once called home.
Investigators believe the fire started in a kitchen in a next-door building.
Everyone in the building was safely evacuated, according to a spokesman for Second City.
Continue reading: Second City Theatre Offices Destroyed By Fire
Murray joins fellow original cast-member Dan Akryod will also feature in the film.
Original Ghostbuster Bill Murray has been confirmed as making an appearance in Paul Feig’s upcoming all female reboot of the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 64 year old actor played Dr. Peter Venkman in the original 1984 film, as well as reprising the role in 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.
Bill Murray will be making an appearance in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.
Feig’s reboot features an all female lead cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the group of ghost hunters, with Chris Hemsworth also set for a supporting role. It is expected to hit theatres on July 22, 2016.
Continue reading: Bill Murray Confirmed As Making Appearance In 'Ghostbusters' Reboot
Dan Aykroyd Will Appear Briefly As A Taxi Driver In The New Ghostbusters Revamp, According To Multiple Reports.
The actor, who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the original two movies, has been involved in the reboot since its inception, but now it appears he won't have a leading or a supporting role - just a cameo.
According to IndieRevolver, Aykroyd will portray a driver who denies new Ghostbusters star Kristen Wiig's character a ride, telling her, "I ain't afraid of no ghosts!" - a repeated line from Ray Parker, Jr.'s hit Ghostbusters theme tune.
Appearing to confirm the news in a tweet on Tuesday (14Jul15) that he later deleted, Aykroyd wrote, "On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig lady GB'S are adorable, hilarious and bada** Exhilarating!"
Continue reading: Dan Aykroyd To Play Cab Driver In New Ghostbusters Film
The original Ghostbuster will have a small cameo in the upcoming all female reboot.
Dan Aykroyd has confirmed he will be making a cameo in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot which stars Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. The 63 year old actor played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the franchise’s original 1984 movie and later reprised the role in 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.
Dan Aykroyd will appear in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.
In a now deleted tweet Aykroyd wrote, "On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig lady GB'S are adorable, hilarious and badass Exhilarating! #ghostbusters.” The actor’s cameo has since been confirmed by his reps to Entertainment Weekly, with no other details on the been provided.
Continue reading: Dan Aykroyd Confirms He Will Make A Cameo In New 'Ghostbusters' Movie
Jack Black, Tina Fey, Diane Keaton And Dan Aykroyd Were Among The Stars Who Turned Out To Honour Funnyman Steve Martin As He Was Presented With A Lifetime Achievement Award From The American Film Institute (Afi).
The Father of the Bride star was handed the AFI's 43rd Life Achievement Award by previous winner Mel Brooks during a ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday night (04Jun15).
Fellow funnyman Black kicked off the gala at the city's Dolby Theatre by taking to the stage to sing the night's "anthem" - The Thermos Song from Martin's first film, 1979 comedy The Jerk, while other stars stepped forward to roast the veteran actor/comedian.
Fey, who appeared with Martin in 2008 comedy Baby Mama, joked, "Steve donates all his old white suits to lesbian commitment ceremonies," while Steve Carell admitted, "I have spent the majority of my life doing a pale imitation of Steve Martin - and I resent him for that."
Continue reading: Stars Honour Steve Martin At Afi Gala
Donna Dixon and Dan Aykroyd - Celebrities attend American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award Gala at Dolby Theatre. at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 4th June 2015
Dan Aykroyd - Dan Akyroyd meets and greets fans at a signing of Special Crystal Head Vodka bottles. He is joined by the Blues Brothers Soul Band, who are performing at STACHE bar. at Stache - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States - Friday 20th March 2015
Dan Aykroyd Is Launching A Blues Record Label With John Belushi's Widow Judith.
The Ghostbusters star and Judith will help sign and develop both veteran and upcoming acts to Blues Brothers Records, their label named in honour of Aykroyd and Belushi's cult 1980 film and their subsequent band.
Judith will act as creative director and Aykroyd plans to use his House of Blues concert venues and his syndicated U.S. radio show to promote the new artists under an agreement with Blue Note Records and its President Don Was.
Aykroyd tells Billboard magazine, "By working with a first-class producer in Don and using (the radio show) to help sell, there's a good shot at getting some traction... (I'll) lay back and suggest things and let Don do what he does best for the first year or two. But who's to say? I always want to find the next Gary Clark, Jr."
Continue reading: Dan Aykroyd Launches Blues Record Label
The Magic Mike star, his producing partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo are working with Reitman and Aykroyd on the new project.
The news comes weeks after the casting of director Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters reboot was revealed, and Reitman tells Deadline that the "male-driven, action-centric" film they're planning will act as a companion movie to Feig's project.
Continue reading: Channing Tatum Leading Ghostbusters Revamp
Oscar-nominated star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed his favourite film is 'Ghostbusters'.
Benedict Cumberbatch's favourite film is 'Ghostbusters'.
The 38-year-old star, who was nominated for the Best Actor prize at last night's (22.02.15) Academy Awards in Los Angeles for his performance in 'The Imitation Game', has revealed he's a huge fan of the comic fantasy film starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.
Asked to name his favourite film of all time, Benedict said: ''Ghostbusters II - I can't answer this question seriously! How do you say you prefer 'Ladri Di Biciclette' to '2001: A Space Odyssey' to 'Boogie Nights'?
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Says Ghostbusters Is His Favourite Film
Dan Aykroyd has admitted he hasn't given up on making a ''more conventional'' 'Ghostbusters' third film but is looking forward to seeing the upcoming movie with actresses in the titular roles.
Dan Aykroyd is still hoping to make a ''more conventional'' third 'Ghostbusters' sequel.
The 62-year-old actor - who co-created and starred in the first two movies in the film franchise in the 1980s - is excited about the upcoming third movie, which will feature a female cast in the main roles, but insists he has plenty of ideas to do another 'Ghostbusters' film.
He said: ''There's three drafts of the old concept that exists. And we're going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we're gonna be able to use it someday.
Continue reading: Dan Aykroyd's Ghostbusters Hope
Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015
@Dan_Aykroyd @JimBelushi @PaulShaffer snowed in @jonasblizzard in Atlantic City. Performing tonight for AC Hotel em… https://t.co/MK7rjv5XL8
...Gotta thank Bruce for the fact that his main character, a hardened skeptic is nevertheless a big Crystal Head Vodka fan.
My friend Dr. Bruce Maccabee, formerly attached to naval surface warfare research, has written an exciting new book about abductions. ..
Thanks for the memories Ottawa! Great night celebrating film and music with DownChild Blues https://t.co/7HCjfxg8mm
EXCITED BY THE BUYERS’ FORUM DUTY FREE AWARD FOR THE HEAD. TRAVELLERS ARE LOVING THE VODKA AS GIFTS! https://t.co/6RnWYyHrUz
The Head voted 2015/1016 Cool Brand. For influencing consumers to trade up in purity and quality of their vodka. http://t.co/76xya2xgBH
Congratulations to the people of Grande Prairie, Alberta on the completion of their new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.
CALLING ALL CANADIANS. THE HIP WILL BE HERE AT WILTERN THEATRE OCTOBER 5. ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY FOR ALL OF US.
ICYMI: "Our new Brand Ambassador, Belle Aykroyd presents Aurora at our Master Class at Four Seasons Sydney." http://t.co/cLF70q9rWd
Our new Brand Ambassador, Belle Aykroyd presents Aurora at our Master Class at Four Seasons Sydney. http://t.co/07gRv5dpfw
ICYMI: "In Australia to launch our first line extension. I would like to introduce you to Aurora - a new expression … http://t.co/ymbEOyB2X6
Aurora is a bolder, drier, English wheat-based vodka that is housed in a beautifully decorated bottle which celebrates the aurora borealis.
In Australia to launch our first line extension. I would like to introduce you to Aurora - a new expression of CHV. http://t.co/9gI8VTjtxb
Donna & I are both shocked and grieving for Jane, Michael, Julie, Jamie, Jody & Susie as well as all of Jerry Weintraub’s family & friends.
and will deliver an exciting, high quality, massive hit movie.
My heart soars for Melissa, Kristen, Kate, Leslie & Paul who are about to have the time of their lives…
Principal photography on GB III has begun.
A week today I'll be in Burlington, Ontario for a Crystal Head Vodka signing - I hope to see you there! http://t.co/nY6e39T2ZY
Like being hit by a falling tree, oh baby what you did to me! Thank you BB for your graceful presence and power.
Don't miss my friend, multi-talented @ElvisPerkins on his I Aubade 2015 Tour. For concert dates and more info go to: http://t.co/EEXFXcNA22