Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd

  • Birthday: 1952-07-01
  • Place of birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Also know as: Elwood

Biography

Dan Aykroyd, born in Ottawa, initially pursued studies in psychology, criminal sociology, and political science at Carleton University, where his comedy journey took off. He co-wrote sketches for a private cable company, igniting his passion for acting. At 20, he joined The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago and Toronto, marking the start of his career. In 1975, Aykroyd joined "Saturday Night Live" as a founding member of the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players," crafting iconic sketches like "The Blues Brothers" with Belushi and "Two Wild and Crazy Guys" with Steve Martin. The success of "The Blues Brothers" sketch led to a full-length feature in 1980, with Aykroyd writing and producing the movie soundtrack, defying the disco and punk era. His versatile talent shines in roles like Dr. Ray Stantz in "Ghostbusters," Jessica Tandy’s son in "Driving Miss Daisy," a single father in "My Girl," and an assassin in "Grosse Pointe Blank," showcasing both comedic and dramatic prowess.

Filmography

Driving Miss Daisy

1989

As Boolie Werthan

The Blues Brothers

1980

As Elwood Blues

Ghostbusters

1984

As Ray Stantz

Pearl Harbor

2001

As Captain Thurman

Trading Places

1983

As Louis Winthorpe III

Dragnet

1987

As Sgt. Joe Friday

Canadian Bacon

1995

As OPP Officer (uncredited)

50 First Dates

2004

As Dr. Keats

Sneakers

1992

As Mother

The Great Outdoors

1988

As Roman Craig

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

2001

As Chris Magruder

Chaplin

1992

As Mack Sennett

Ghostbusters II

1989

As Ray Stantz

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

2007

As Captain Phineas J. Tucker

My Girl

1991

As Harry Sultenfuss

It Came from Hollywood

1982

As Himself

My Girl 2

1994

As Harry Sultenfuss

Into the Night

1985

As Herb

Tommy Boy

1995

As Ray Zalinsky

1941

1979

As Sgt. Frank Tree

Earth vs. the Spider

2001

As Det. Insp. Jack Grillo

Doctor Detroit

1983

As Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit

Blues Brothers 2000

1998

As Elwood Blues

Celtic Pride

1996

As Jimmy Flaherty

The Couch Trip

1988

As John W. Burns, Jr.

North

1994

As Pa Tex

Loose Cannons

1990

As Ellis Fielding

Nothing but Trouble

1991

As Judge Alvin 'J.P' Valkenheiser / Bobo

My Stepmother Is an Alien

1988

As Steven Mills

Casper

1995

As Dr. Raymond Stantz (uncredited)

Antz

1998

As Chip (voice)

The House of Mirth

2000

As Augustus 'Gus' Trenor

Getting Away with Murder

1996

As Jack Lambert

Spies Like Us

1985

As Austin Millbarge

Sgt. Bilko

1996

As Colonel John T. Hall

Evolution

2001

As Governor Lewis

Grosse Pointe Blank

1997

As Grocer

Feeling Minnesota

1996

As Det. Ben Costikyan

Coneheads

1993

As Beldar Conehead

Shortcut to Happiness

2003

As Julius Jenson

War, Inc.

2008

As Mr. Vice President

Christmas with the Kranks

2004

As Vic Frohmeyer

Diamonds

1999

As Lance Agensky

Yogi Bear

2010

As Yogi Bear (voice)

This Is My Life

1992

As Arnold Moss

Bright Young Things

2003

As Lord Monomark

Crossroads

2002

As Pete Wagner

Stardom

2000

As Barry Levine

My Fellow Americans

1996

As President William Haney

Exit to Eden

1994

As Fred Lavery

Mr. Mike's Mondo Video

1979

As Church of Jack Lord Leader / Self

Caddyshack II

1988

As Capt. Tom Everett

Masters of Menace

1990

As Johnny Lewis

Neighbors

1981

As Vic

Nothing Lasts Forever

1984

As Buck Heller

Susan's Plan

1998

As Bob

The Campaign

2012

As Wade Motch

On the Nose

2001

As Dr. Barry Davis

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

2014

As Scarecrow (voice)

Behind the Candelabra

2013

As Seymour Heller

Tammy

2014

As Don

The Random Factor

1995

As Dexter (voice)

Loser

2000

As Dad

White Coats

2004

As Dr. Cyrill Kipp

Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi

2005

As Self / Various (archive footage) (uncredited)

Get on Up

2014

As Ben Bart

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever

1981

As Yortuk Festrunk / Irwin Mainway / Alexander Haig / Dr. Treves

I Am Chris Farley

2015

As Self

Pixels

2015

As 1982 Championship MC

Being Canadian

2015

As Self

The Best of the Blues Brothers

1994

As Elwood Blues / Himself

Ghostheads

2016

As Self

The Coneheads

1983

As Beldar (Voice)

The Earth Day Special

1990

As Vic's Buddy

Ghostbusters

2016

As Cabbie

Two-Fisted Tales

1992

As Captain Miligan

The Gift of Winter

1974

As Goodly / Rotten / Maple (voice)

Rainbow

1996

As Sheriff Wyatt Hampton

Sunset Strip

2012

As Self

She's Having a Baby

1988

As Roman (uncredited)

Roswell Top Secret

1998

As Self

Unconditional Love

2002

As Max Beasley

The Women of SNL

2010

As Various (archive footage)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

2021

As Ray Stantz

Defend, Conserve, Protect

2019

As Narrator

Fantastic Mr. Murray

2019

As Self - Interviewee

A Century of Cinema

1994

As Self

The Arrow

1997

As Crawford Gordon Jr.

Belushi

2020

As Self (archive footage)

Born In Chicago

2013

As Narrator

Good Fortune

2016

As Self

Saturday Night Live Backstage

2011

As Self / Various

Presidential Reunion

2010

As Jimmy Carter

Toronto Rocks

2003

As Self

Heritage Minutes: Avro Arrow

1997

As Crawford Gordon

Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving

2013

As Rick Phillips

Life of Python

1990

As Self

The Best of John Belushi

1985

As Various characters

Zombie Town

2023

As Len Carver

WWII: Saving the Reality

2013

As Self - Narrator (voice)

Citizen Steve

1987

As Chial Dushane

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

2024

As Ray Stantz

Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special

2015

As Self / Super Bass-O-Matic 2150 Spokesperson / Elwood Blues

Twilight Zone: The Movie

1983

As Passenger

Ghostbusters 1999

1999

As Self

The Greatest Night in Pop

2024

As Self (archive footage)

Production

Ghostbusters

1984

As Screenplay

Dragnet

1987

As Screenplay

Ghostbusters II

1989

As Screenplay

Blues Brothers 2000

1998

As Producer

Blues Brothers 2000

1998

As Writer

Nothing but Trouble

1991

As Director

Nothing but Trouble

1991

As Screenplay

Spies Like Us

1985

As Screenplay

Coneheads

1993

As Screenplay

Ghostbusters

2016

As Characters

Ghostbusters

2016

As Executive Producer

Ghostbusters II

1989

As Characters

The Blues Brothers

1980

As Writer

Born In Chicago

2013

As Executive Producer

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

2021

As Original Film Writer

One More Saturday Night

1986

As Executive Producer

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

2021

As Executive Producer

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

2024

As Original Film Writer

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

2024

As Executive Producer

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