Dan Aykroyd Biography


Dan Aykroyd

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Birth Name: Dan Aykroyd
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Birth Country: Canada
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch
Birth Sign: cancer
Age: 65 Years
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Winner of Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series, Dan Aykroyd is an actor and comedian from Canada. He is best known as the performer of the reality show Saturday Night Live. He has also established himself as a screenwriter and musician. Six feet and one inch tall, Dan Aykroyd was born as Daniel Edward Aykroyd in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd and Lorraine Hélène (née Gougeon). He was born and raised in an upper class family. He has one sibling named Peter Aykroyd who is also an actor.

In the early 1980s, when Dan was on the set of comedy movie Doctor Detroit, he met love of his life Donna Dixon. Donna Dixon is a former actress and a beauty queen. They got married on 29th of April 1983. As a loving wife and husband, they have been parents three times. His nationality is Canadian as well as American and he is of mixed ethnicity as he is of English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, French and Canadian descent.

Dan was raised with a strong attachment to the Catholic Church. As a child, he was to be a priest and he continued dreaming being a priest till the age of 17. He was enrolled at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's High Schools. After his high school, he joined Carleton University with a major in criminology and sociology. Before he earned a degree from there, he quit his education from there and then he began pursuing his comedian career. During the late 1960s, he performed in various Canadian nightclubs. In 1970, he appeared in a Canadian television variety show The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour. He continued his comedian career being the member of the Second City comedy troupe in 1973. In 1975, he became one of the performers in an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live. Initially, he served in this show as its writer and he earned the salary of $278 a week. Later on he became the cast of this show and he became well known as a comedian and performer in the late 1970s. In 1977, he made his feature film debut by starring in a Canadian romantic comedy film Love at First Sight. He played the role of Roy in this movie. He is also well acclaimed for portraying the role of Elwood J. Blues in an American musical crime comedy film The Blues Brothers. He is also known for his appearance in the movies like Doctor Detroit, She's Having a Baby, Coneheads and so on. His net worth is $135 million dollars.

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Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1952 1st of July

Six feet and one inch tall, Dan Aykroyd was born as Daniel Edward Aykroyd in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd and Lorraine Hélène (née Gougeon). He was born and raised in an upper class family. He has one sibling named Peter Aykroyd who is also an actor.

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Began his acting career

1974

He has been active as an actor since the mid 1970s. In 1974, he appeared in the TV show The Gift of Winter where he played the voice role of Goodly / Rotten / Maple. The following year, he appeared in the TV series Coming Up Rosie.

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Appeared in the variety show, Saturday Night Live

1975

In 1975, he became one of the performers in an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live. Initially, he served in this show as its writer and he earned the salary of $278 a week. Later on he became the cast of this show and he became well known as a comedian and performer in the late 1970s.

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First feature film, Love at First Sight

1977

In 1977, he made his feature film debut by starring in a Canadian romantic comedy film Love at First Sight. He played the role of Roy in this movie. Two years later, he appeared in the movies like Mr. Mike's Mondo Video and 1941.

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Won Primetime Emmy Awards

1977

He got nominated in Primetime Emmy Awards for the first time in his life in 1977. He was also honored with this award that year for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series. Till date he has been nominated in this ward for five times.

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Married to Donna Dixon

1983 29th of April

In the early 1980s, when Dan was on the set of comedy movie Doctor Detroit, he met love of his life Donna Dixon. Donna Dixon is a former actress and a beauty queen. They got married on 29th of April 1983. As a loving wife and husband, they have been parents three times.

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First child, Danielle Aykroyd

1989 18th of November

An American actress, Danielle Aykroyd is the first child of Dan Aykroyd and his lovely wife Donna Dixon. They welcomed their first child Danielle on 18th of November 1989. In 1993, she appeared in the movie Cone heads.

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Won Academy Awards, USA

1990

Academy Awards, USA is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and it’s an honor if anyone gets nominated in this award. He has also once been nominated in this award and that was in 1990 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

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Second child, Belle Kingston Aykroyd

1993 9th of June

He became father for the second time in his life in 1993. He and his loving wife Donna Dixon welcomed their second child together on 9th of June and that time it was also a daughter and they named her Belle Kingston Aykroyd.

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Third child, Stella Irene August Aykroyd

1998 5th of April

He became father for the third time in his life in 1998. He and his loving wife Donna Dixon welcomed their third child together on 5th of April and that time it was also a daughter and they named her Stella Irene August Aykroyd.

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Inducted into the Canada's Walk of Fame

2002

Dan Aykroyd is an actor and comedian from Canada who has been active in the entertainment industry for about five decades. For this continuous performance in the entertainment industry, he was inducted into the Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2002.

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