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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Ghostbusters Trailer


Ghostbusters is a new film for 2016 and is based on the 1984 film of the same name and is directed by Paul Feig. The film features four women on their quest to save New York City when various ghosts take over and exercise control over the humans. 

Two authors Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates write a novel about the existence of ghosts and the revelation that they believe they do exist. However this novel is not taken seriously and when it becomes apparent that Gilbert wrote this book, she becomes the centre of a joke in her professional career as a teacher at Columbia University, even her students don't take her seriously.

This film quickly becomes the tell - tale narrative of who's laughing now, when Gilbert teams up with Yates and two other women to fight the ghosts that have decided to inhabit the city. A mission is deployed and the quartet set out to save the world from the evil ghost Rowan, providing the audience with lots of laughs along the way.

Dan Aykroyd And John Belushi's Widow Set To Pitch 'Blues Brothers' Animated Series To Networks


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Dan Aykroyd is working with John Belushi’s widow to make a re-boot of their legendary movie The Blues Brothers as a primetime animated series, which they intend to pitch to networks and streaming platforms soon, according to a new report.

Deadline claims that Aykroyd and Judy Belushi co-created the new series with ‘Saturday Night Live’ original writer Anne Beatts, with animation being handled by Bento Box Entertainment, who previously worked on ‘Bob’s Burgers’.

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Dan Aykroyd Helping To Adapt Blues Brothers For Animated Series


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Belushi's widow, Judy, has teamed up with her late husband's comedy partner Aykroyd to produce the new show, which will follow their characters Jake and Elwood Blues as they embark on musical adventures.

The animated project will also feature the band's original songs, as well as soul and blues classics, and new material recorded specially for the series, which Aykroyd will help to develop alongside Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, reports TheWrap.com. The Ghostbusters star and Belushi came up with The Blues Brothers sketch during their time on the popular U.S. comedy show, and went on to score a cult hit with their 1980 movie and spin-off band.

The Blues Brothers animated series will be produced by officials at Bento Box Entertainment, the same company behind hit show Bob's Burgers.

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Paul Feig: 'Give Ghostbusters Reboot A Chance'


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The Bridesmaids moviemaker and the all-female Ghostbusters played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, have been receiving backlash ever since the reboot of the 1984 original was announced in 2014.

Paul wishes the public would hold fire from criticism until they have seen the finished product. The director is annoyed people are forming an opinion based on the fact it is a reboot and it features an all-female team, rather than the original all-male line-up.

"The problem with the Internet is people pre-judge things," he told Britain's The Independent newspaper. "There are waves of comments that are pure misogyny, but there's also a whole other group of people who have problem that it's a reboot. I get that, but the film hasn't even come out yet. Give it a chance."

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Ghostbusters Trailer


Erin Gilbert is a brilliant quantum physicist and holds a high ranking lecturing position at Columbia University, that is until a past novel she's written comes to light. The novel was written by Erin and her friend Abby and claims that ghosts are real. When strange occurrences start to happen in Manhattan, Erin and Abby are reunited in a bid to put a stop to the ghostly apparitions.

They set up a small business to help being who are being haunted by the ghosts, the old friends are joined by Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineering mastermind who's just as geeky as the other two girls, the team then recruit Patty Tolan, a lady whose knowledge of New York and its underground is almost unrivalled.

Together the four women for The Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters Ii 'Psychic' Backtracks On End Of The World Prediction


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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."

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Pamela Anderson Is To Grace The Cover Of Playboy's Final Nude Issue

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

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Second City Theatre Offices Destroyed By Fire


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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.

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Bill Murray Confirmed As Making Appearance In 'Ghostbusters' Reboot


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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 MurrayBill 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.

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Dan Aykroyd To Play Cab Driver In New Ghostbusters Film


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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!"

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Dan Aykroyd Confirms He Will Make A Cameo In New 'Ghostbusters' Movie


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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.

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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.

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American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award 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

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Dan Akyroyd At A Signing Of Special Crystal Head Vodka Bottles With A Performance At STACHE Bar

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

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SNL 40th Anniversary Special - 2015

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

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Dan Aykroyd Promotes His Crystal Head Vodka At Alsterhaus

Dan Aykroyd - Dan Aykroyd promotes his Crystal Head Vodka at Alsterhaus - Hamburg, Germany - Saturday 20th September 2014

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Dan Aykroyd

Date of birth

1st July, 1952

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.85






Dan Aykroyd Movies

Ghostbusters Trailer

Ghostbusters Trailer

Ghostbusters is a new film for 2016 and is based on the 1984 film of...

Ghostbusters Trailer

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Erin Gilbert is a brilliant quantum physicist and holds a high ranking lecturing position at...

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