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Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd

Daniel Edward Aykroyd (AK-royd) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, musician and writer. He was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live (1975–1979). During his tenure on SNL, Aykroyd appeared in a recurring series of sketches about the Coneheads, and the Blues Brothers. For his work on the show he received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations winning for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1977. After his departure, he has since returned in guest roles. Aykroyd gained prominence for writing, and starring as Dr. Raymond "Ray" Stantz in Ghostbusters (1984), which spawned an entire media franchise, reprising the role in Ghostbusters II (1989), Casper (1995), Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), and an upcoming sequel (2023), cameoing as a different character in Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016). He also is known for his comedic roles in Trading Places (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), Dragnet (1987), and Coneheads (1993), portraying Roman Craig in She's Having a Baby and The Great Outdoors (both 1988), and Elwood J. Blues in The Blues Brothers (1980) and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998). In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Driving Miss Daisy (1989). He continued his dramatic roles in My Girl (1991), Chaplin, and Sneakers (both 1992). Aykroyd has done supporting roles in Tommy Boy (1995), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), 50 First Dates (2004), The Campaign (2012), and Behind the Candelabra (2013). He starred as Reverend Mike Weber in his own sitcom, Soul Man (1997–1998). He has since appeared on various television shows including It's Garry Shandling's Show (1990), Home Improvement (1997), Family Guy (2009), The Simpsons (2021) and The Conners (2019). Aykroyd is also a businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand.
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