It was a night to remember! Saturday Night Live alum Dan Aykroyd killed it on stage with his dance moves as he was practicing for a Blues Brothers performance for “A Capitol Fourth.” Here is everything you need to know about the actor, comedian, and producer in our Dan Aykroyd wiki.
Dan Aykroyd’s Wiki
Born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dan Aykroyd’s age is 65. Aykroyd’s father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer, was a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd’s mother, Lorraine Hélène, was a secretary. His brother, Peter, is also an actor and writer.
Aykroyd had no plans of becoming an actor. In fact, until the age of 17, he had dreams of becoming a priest. He attended Carleton University to study criminology and sociology, but gave up before finishing his degree. For several years, Aykroyd worked as a comedian in different nightclubs. After dropping out of college to pursue his dream, he eventually made his way to Toronto and joined the Second City improvisational troupe in 1973.
Dan Aykroyd’s Wife and Kids
Aykroyd’s dating life has been a private one. However, before he tied the knot with actress Donna Dixon, he was engaged to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher. Aykroyd proposed to Fisher on the set of The Blues Brothers. However, their engagement was short-lived, as Fisher patched things up with her former musician boyfriend, Paul Simon. Aykroyd met Dixon on the set of 1983’s Doctor Detroit and they got married later that year.
The couple worked together in several movies such as The Couch Trip and Spies Like Us. They have three daughters: Stella, Belle, and Danielle. Aykroyd and Dixon have been happily in love for over three decades. The two fiercely guard their privacy and do their best to keep it away from the media glare.
Dan Aykroyd’s Stint on Saturday Night Live
In 1975, Aykroyd got his big break when he joined the cast of the famous late-night television show, Saturday Night Live. He impressed audiences and viewers with impersonations of various celebrities such as Julia Child, Tom Snyder, and Jimmy Carter.
The Blues Brothers
Aykroyd was close friends with late comedian and actor, John Adam Belushi. Along with Belushi, Aykroyd started the musical act, the Blues Brothers. They first appeared on Saturday Night Live, wherein Aykroyd played Elwood Blues. The pair went on several tours and released three albums. However, the duo gained huge recognition due to their 1980 film The Blues Brothers, which garnered a lot of success. Because they were a major hit, the pair produced two more movies 1941, which released in 1979, and Neighbors in 1981. They continued to perform until Belushi passed away unexpectedly in 1982.
Dan Aykroyd’s Net Worth
Dan Aykroyd’s net worth is estimated to be $135.0 million.
He has earned this wealth through his work in music, movies, television, and other endeavors in the industry. Apart from gaining recognition from Saturday Night Live, Aykroyd has worked in several films such as Doctor Detroit, Ghostbusters, Into the Night, My Stepmother Is an Alien, My Girl, Nothing but Trouble, North, Canadian Bacon, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Tammy, Pixels, and The Campaign. Aside from movies, he been in several TV shows such as Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Soul Man, According to Jim, and the TV movie, Behind the Candelabra.
Besides being in show business, Dan Aykroyd co-started the Cambridge-based concert venue, House of Blues with Isaac Tigrett in 1992, which was bought and expanded by Live Nation in 2006. While talking about his love of music, Aykroyd said in an interview with People magazine, “Heaven to me is percussion and bass, a screaming guitar and a burbling Hammond B-3 organ.”