Jul. 1st, 1952
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dan Aykroyd's Main TV Roles
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Dan Aykroyd attended Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada (1969), where he majored in Criminology and Sociology. He dropped out to work with Second City Stage Troupe in Toronto and started his acting career at Carleton University with Sock'n'Buskin, the campus theater/drama club. Married to Donna Dixon (I), he has two daughters. His parents are named Peter and Lorraine and his brother Peter Aykroyd is a psychic researcher. Dan received an honorary Doctorate from Carleton University in 1994.
- Older brother of 'Peter Aykroyd' (qv). Like Peter, an alumnus of the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto.
- He and 'M. Night Shyamalan' (qv), are the only two men to direct themselves in performances that "won" them a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. Aykroyd "won" the award for, and also directed, the film _Nothing But Trouble (1991)_ (qv).
- On his passport, he lists his occupation as "Writer".
- Came up with the character of Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute, when he lived with former _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) writer 'Rosie Shuster' (qv). He first did it to entertain Rosie at home.
- A third daughter with wife 'Donna Dixon (I)' (qv), Stella Irene August, was born on April 5, 1998, weighing 6 lb.
- After working together on three films, 'Jamie Lee Curtis' (qv) called him the best "screen kisser" who ever had a scene with her.
- Is a victim of syndactylism, a birth defect where several digits are fused together. In _Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)_ (qv), he takes his shoes and socks off on-screen, to reveal this anomaly.
- He met 'John Belushi' (qv) in a Chicago speakeasy that was a favorite night spot of his and put on a blues record to play in the background while he and Belushi discussed the possibility of Aykroyd joining _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv). Not only did they hit it off and become good friends, Belushi became fascinated with the blues that was being played in the background because, to Aykroyd's surprise, the Chicago-born Belushi was primarily a fan of heavy metal. Aykroyd's familiarizing Belushi with blues music eventually led to them forming their popular "Blues Brothers" act, with a little input from then SNL music director 'Howard Shore' (qv).