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Dan Aykroyd

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd

Profession: Actor and Comedian

United States of America

Why Famous: Comedian Dan Aykroyd was an original cast member and writer for the influential late-night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" (1975-79) alongside Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and his close friend John Belushi.

Aykroyd and Belushi developed their Blues Brothers act on Saturday Night Live before performing as a band independently and releasing the best-selling album "Briefcase Full of Blues" in 1978. The cult film "The Blues Brothers" followed in 1980 co-starring Belushi. A follow-up film "Blues Brothers 2000" came out in 1998.

Aykroyd went on to appear in such films as "Trading Places" opposite Eddie Murphy before writing and starring in the mega hit "Ghostbusters" (1984) with Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, which also spawned a sequel.

Aykroyd's film career has been varied ever since. He was nominated for an Academy Award for "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) and appeared opposite John Cusack in "Grosse Point Blank" (1997).

Born: July 1, 1952
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, USA
Age: 68 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1975-10-11 "Saturday Night Live" created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host
  • 1980-06-16 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and directed by John Landis, premieres in Chicago
  • 1980-06-20 Film "Blues Brothers" with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi opens in 594 theaters
  • 1984-06-08 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, HArold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson is released
  • 1989-06-16 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres