|Intro||Canadian film actor and comedian|
|A.K.A.||Daniel Edward Aykroyd, Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM|
|Is||Actor Screenwriter Ufologist Comedian Singer Film producer Television producer Television actor Film actor Voice actor Film director|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor Music Science|
|Birth||1 July 1952, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Residence||Sydenham, South Frontenac, Frontenac County, Canada|
Daniel Edward Aykroyd /ˈækrɔɪd/ AK-royd; born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, musician and writer who was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live (1975–1979). He performed with his friend John Belushi in a musical sketch on SNL, the Blues Brothers, which they turned into an actual performing band and then featured in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.(
He conceived of the premise for, and starred as, Dr. Raymond Stantz in, Ghostbusters (1984), which spawned a sequel and eventually an entire media franchise. In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Boolie Werthan in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy. He starred as Reverend Mike Weber in his own sitcom, Soul Man (1997–1998). Aykroyd is also a businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand.
Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 (Canada Day) at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario. He grew up in Ottawa, Canada's capital, where his father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer, worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine Hélène Marie (née Gougeon; 27 April 1918 – 8 February 2018), was a secretary. His mother was of French Canadian descent and his father was of English, Scottish, Irish, French, and Dutch ancestry. His brother, Peter, was also an actor.
Aykroyd was raised in the Spiritualist Church. He attended St. Pius X and St. Patrick's high schools, and studied criminology and sociology at Carleton University, but dropped out before completing his degree. He worked as a comedian in various Canadian nightclubs and ran an after-hours speakeasy, Club 505, in Toronto for several years.
Since childhood, Aykroyd has struggled with symptoms of Tourette and Asperger syndromes. Aykroyd is a heterochromiac syndactylite - he has webbed middle toes on both feet and he has different coloured eyes: one is brown and one is green.
Aykroyd developed his musical career in Ottawa, particularly through his regular attendances at Le Hibou, a club that featured many blues artists. He describes these influences as follows:
There was a little disco club there called Le Hibou, which in French means 'the owl.' And it was run by a gentleman named Harvey Glatt, and he brought every, and I mean every, blues star that you or I would ever have wanted to have seen through Ottawa in the late '50s, well I guess more late '60s sort of, in around the Newport jazz rediscovery. I was going to Le Hibou and hearing James Cotton, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, and Muddy Waters. I actually jammed behind Muddy Waters. S.P. Leary left the drum kit one night, and Muddy said 'anybody out there play drums? I don't have a drummer.' And I walked on stage and we started, I don't know, Little Red Rooster, something. He said 'keep that beat going, you make Muddy feel good.' And I heard Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett). Many, many times I saw Howlin' Wolf. As well as the Doors. And of course Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. So I was exposed to all of these players, playing there as part of this scene to service the academic community in Ottawa, a very well-educated community. Had I lived in a different town I don't think that this would have happened, because it was just the confluence of educated government workers, and then also all the colleges in the area, Ottawa University, Carleton, and all the schools—these people were interested in blues culture.
Aykroyd's first professional experience, which he gained at the age of 17, was as a member of the cast of the short-lived Canadian sketch comedy series The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour with Lorne Michaels, among others. He was a member of the Second City comedy troupe in 1973 in both Toronto and Chicago.
Saturday Night Live
Aykroyd gained fame on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). He was originally hired, and paid $278 a week, as a writer for the show, but became a part of the cast before the series premiered. The original cast was referred to on the show as "The Not Ready For Prime Time Players". Aykroyd was the youngest member of the cast, and appeared on the show for its first four seasons, from 1975 to 1979. He brought a unique sensibility to the show, combining youth, unusual interests, talent as an impersonator, and an almost lunatic intensity. Guest host Eric Idle of Monty Python said that Aykroyd's ability to write and act out characters flawlessly made him the only member of the SNL cast capable of being a Python.
He was known for his impersonations of celebrities such as Jimmy Carter, Vincent Price, Richard Nixon, Rod Serling, Tom Snyder, Julia Child, and others. He was also known for his recurring roles, such as Beldar, father of the Coneheads family; with Steve Martin, Yortuk Festrunk, one of the "Two Wild and Crazy Guys" brothers from Bratislava, Slovakia; sleazy late-night cable TV host E. Buzz Miller and his cousin, corrupt maker of children's toys and costumes Irwin Mainway (who extolled the virtues and defended the safety of the "Bag-o-Glass" toy); Fred Garvin – male prostitute; and high-bred but low-brow critic Leonard Pinth-Garnell. Aykroyd and Jane Curtin famously parodied the Point/Counterpoint segment on the CBS news show 60 Minutes, which featured the liberal Shana Alexander and the conservative segregationist James Kilpatrick, by portraying the two as hating one another; Aykroyd's first words in response to Curtin's point were, "Jane, you ignorant slut!".
Aykroyd's eccentric talent was recognized by others in the highly competitive SNL environment; when he first presented his famous "Super Bass-O-Matic '76" sketch, a fake TV commercial in which a garish, hyper-pitchman (based on Ron Popeil) touts a food blender that turns an entire bass into liquid pulp, the other writers and cast members considered the sketch "so exhilaratingly strange that many remember sitting and listening, open-mouthed ... Nobody felt jealous of it because they couldn't imagine writing anything remotely like it." Aykroyd later revealed that the inspiration for the sketch was seeing his aunt Helene Gougeon (a noted culinary writer and food columnist in Montreal) pop a bass into a blender in order to make a bouillabaisse when he was 12 years old.
While Aykroyd was a close friend and partner with fellow cast member John Belushi and shared some of the same sensibilities, Aykroyd was more reserved and less self-destructive. Aykroyd later recalled that, unlike Belushi and other of his peers, he was uninterested in recreational drug use.
In 1977, he received an Emmy Award for writing on SNL; he later received two more nominations for writing and one for acting. In Rolling Stone's February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Aykroyd was ranked fifth (behind Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, and Mike Myers). "Of all the original [SNL] greats, Aykroyd is the least imitated", they wrote, "because nobody else can do what he did."
In later decades, Aykroyd made occasional guest appearances and unannounced cameos on SNL, often impersonating the American politician Bob Dole. He also brought back past characters including Irwin Mainway and Leonard Pinth-Garnell. In 1995, he appeared on the show to introduce a performance by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. Aykroyd, who is a fan of the band, had personally lobbied Lorne Michaels to book them as musical guests.
During some guest appearances, he resurrected the Blues Brothers musical act with frequent host John Goodman in place of Belushi. He became the second member of the original cast to host SNL in May 2003, when he appeared in the season finale. During his monologue, he performed a musical number with James Belushi similar to the Blues Brothers, but neither Aykroyd nor Belushi donned the famous black suit and sunglasses. On March 24, 2007, Aykroyd appeared as a crying fan of American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar (played by Andy Samberg) during "Weekend Update". On February 14, 2009, he appeared as U.S. House Minority leader John Boehner. Aykroyd also made a surprise guest appearance, along with many other SNL alumni, on the show of March 9, 2013.
The Blues Brothers
Aykroyd was a close friend of John Belushi. According to Aykroyd, their first meeting helped spark the Blues Brothers act. When they met in a club that Aykroyd frequented, he played a blues record in the background, and it stimulated a fascination with blues in Belushi, who was primarily a fan of heavy rock bands at the time. Aykroyd educated Belushi on the finer points of blues music, and with a little encouragement from then-SNL music director Paul Shaffer, it led to the creation of their Blues Brothers characters.
Backed by such experienced professional R&B sidemen as lead guitarist Steve Cropper, sax man Lou Marini, trumpeter Alan Rubin, and bass guitarist Donald "Duck" Dunn, the Blues Brothers proved more than an SNL novelty. Taking off with the public as a legitimate musical act, they performed live gigs and in 1978 released the hit album Briefcase Full of Blues (drawn from the fact that Aykroyd, as "Elwood Blues", carried his blues harmonicas in a briefcase that he kept handcuffed to his wrist, in the manner of a CIA courier; Belushi originally carried the key to those handcuffs). Briefcase Full of Blues eventually sold 3.5 million copies, and is one of the highest-selling blues albums of all time. The band was much further popularized in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, which Aykroyd co-wrote. A sequel, titled Blues Brothers 2000, was released in 1998 and featured John Goodman as Belushi's replacement.
Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles was a regular haunt for the original Blues Brothers in the early days of the band. Belushi and Aykroyd became fixtures at the recording studio, while fellow Blues Brother Steve Cropper called Cherokee his producing home. Whenever they needed a bass player, they were joined by another Blues Brother, Donald "Duck" Dunn. During this time, Cropper, along with producing partner and Cherokee owner Bruce Robb, worked on a number of music projects with the two comedians/musicians, including Belushi's favorite band, Fear, and later Aykroyd's movie Dragnet.
The Blues Brothers Band continues to tour today, both with and without Aykroyd. The band features original members Cropper and Marini, along with vocalist Eddie Floyd. Aykroyd sometimes performs as Elwood, along with Belushi's younger brother Jim Belushi, who plays "Brother Zee" on stage. They are most frequently backed by the Sacred Hearts Band.
Other film and television work
Concurrent with his work in Saturday Night Live, Aykroyd played the role of Purvis Bickle, lift operator at the fictitious office block 99 Sumach Street in the CBC Television series Coming Up Rosie.
After leaving SNL, Aykroyd starred in a number of films, mostly comedies, with uneven results both commercially and artistically. His first three American feature films all co-starred Belushi. The first, 1941 (1979), directed by Steven Spielberg, was a box-office disappointment. The second, The Blues Brothers (1980), which he co-wrote with director John Landis, was a massive hit. The third, Neighbors (1981) had mixed critical reaction, but was another box-office hit. One of his best-received performances was as a blueblood-turned-wretch in the 1983 comedy Trading Places, in which he co-starred with fellow SNL alumnus Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis.
In the early 1980s, Aykroyd began work on a script for the film that eventually became Ghostbusters, inspired by his fascination with parapsychology. The script initially included a much greater fantasy element, including time travel, but this was toned down substantially through work on the script with Harold Ramis (who became a co-writer) and director Ivan Reitman. Aykroyd originally wrote the role of Dr. Peter Venkman with Belushi in mind, but rewrote it for Bill Murray after Belushi's death. Aykroyd joked that the green ghost, later known as "Slimer", was "the ghost of John Belushi" and was based on Belushi's party-animal personality. Ghostbusters was released in 1984 and became a huge success for Aykroyd, who also appeared as one of the lead actors; the film earned nearly US$300 million on a US$30 million budget.
Aykroyd's next major film role was in the 1985 spy comedy film Spies Like Us, which like The Blues Brothers was co-conceived and co-written by Aykroyd, and directed by Landis. Aykroyd had again intended for Belushi to be the other lead in the film; the part was instead given to SNL alumnus Chevy Chase. The film was intended as an homage to the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road to ... movies of the 1940s to 1960s. Bob Hope made a cameo appearance in the film.
Dragnet, in which Aykroyd co-starred (with Tom Hanks) and co-wrote, was released in 1987. The film was both an homage and a satire of the previous Dragnet series, with Aykroyd playing Sgt. Joe Friday as a police officer whose law-and-order attitude is at odds with modern sensibilities.
Aykroyd appeared in five films released in 1988, all of them critical and commercial failures. A sequel to Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, was released in 1989; Aykroyd and the other co-creators were reluctant to make another Ghostbusters film, but succumbed to pressure from the film's studio, Columbia Pictures. The film, while considered inferior to the original, was another big hit, earning US$215 million. Aykroyd was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1989's Driving Miss Daisy. He was the second SNL cast member to be nominated for an Oscar, the first being Joan Cusack.
Aykroyd's directorial debut was 1991's Nothing but Trouble starring Demi Moore, Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Aykroyd, sporting a bulbous prosthetic nose. The film was a critical and box-office flop. Aykroyd's other films in the 1990s were mostly similarly poorly received, including Coneheads (also based on a SNL skit), Exit to Eden, Blues Brothers 2000, and Getting Away with Murder. Two exceptions were Tommy Boy (1995), which starred SNL alumni David Spade and Chris Farley, in which Aykroyd played the role of Ray Zalinsky, and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), in which Aykroyd had a well-received role as a rival hit man.
In 1994, Aykroyd made a guest appearance in an episode of the sitcom The Nanny as a refrigerator repairman. In 1997, he starred as an Episcopal priest in the ABC sitcom Soul Man, which lasted two seasons. In 1998, Aykroyd voiced the role of Chip, a wasp, in Antz. In 2001, he starred in the Woody Allen film The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Most of his film roles since then have tended to be small character parts in big-budget productions, such as a signals analyst in Pearl Harbor and a neurologist in 50 First Dates.
In 2009, Aykroyd and Ramis wrote and appeared in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which also featured Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, William Atherton, and Brian Doyle-Murray. In 2010, he played the voice of the title character, Yogi Bear, in the live-action/CGI-animated-film Yogi Bear. That same year, Aykroyd and Chevy Chase guest-starred in the Family Guy episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us", an homage to Spies Like Us.
Aykroyd appeared in two February 2011 episodes of CBS's The Defenders as Judge Max Hunter, which also starred Jim Belushi. He also appeared on Top Chef Canada as a guest judge.
In 2013, Aykroyd voiced the role of Scarecrow in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. In 2015, he appeared in a State Farm insurance commercial along with Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, as the Coneheads, talking to "Jake", a State Farm agent.
Aykroyd was one of the executive producers of Ghostbusters, a long-discussed reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, which was released in 2016. Aykroyd had a cameo appearance in the film, along with many of the rest of the original Ghostbusters cast.
In early 2021, he provided the voice of the Postage Stamp Fellow in the episode The Dad-Feelings Limited in the TV series The Simpsons.
Other musical endeavours
Aykroyd participated in the recording of "We Are the World" in 1985, as a member of the chorus. He wrote the liner notes for fellow Ottawa-born blues musician JW-Jones's album Bluelisted in 2008. Until its ending in 2018, he hosted the internationally syndicated radio show "Elwood's BluesMobile", formerly known as the House of Blues Radio Hour, under his Blues Brothers moniker Elwood Blues.
In 1992, Aykroyd and Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Isaac Tigrett founded the House of Blues, a chain of music venues, with the mission to promote African-American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art.
Many other music and Hollywood personalities helped to finance it at its start. It began as a single location in Cambridge, Massachusetts, although other locations quickly followed, starting with a venue in New Orleans in 1994. In 2004, House of Blues became the second-largest live music promoter in the world, with seven venues and 22 amphitheatres in the United States and Canada. It was bought by Live Nation in 2006.
On New Year's Eve, 1994, Aykroyd opened the Aykroyd's Ghetto House Cafe on Princess Street in Kingston, Ontario.
In 2007, Aykroyd and artist John Alexander founded Crystal Head Vodka, a brand of high-end vodka known for its distinctive skull-shaped bottle and for being filtered through Herkimer diamond crystals.
Aykroyd is also part owner of several wineries in Canada's Niagara Peninsula, and the company that distributes Patrón tequila in Canada.
In 2016, Aykroyd partnered with TV producers Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey and game developer Ike McFadden to release an online-casino game that features the Blues Brothers. Aykroyd provided the in-game voice of his Elwood Blues character via voiceover.
In 2009, Aykroyd contributed a series of reminiscences on his upbringing in Canada for a charity album titled Dan Aykroyd's Canada. He helped start the Blue Line Foundation, which is redeveloping flood-damaged lots in New Orleans and helping first responders buy them at reduced prices. Coastal Blue Line LLC, hopes to eventually rebuild 400 properties in New Orleans.
Aykroyd is a member of Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
Aykroyd was briefly engaged to actress Carrie Fisher. He proposed to her on the set of The Blues Brothers film, in which she appeared as a spurned girlfriend of John Belushi's Jake Blues. The engagement ended when she reconciled with her former boyfriend, musician Paul Simon. In 1983, he married actress Donna Dixon; they met on the set of Doctor Detroit released the same year. They appeared together in four additional films: Spies Like Us (1985); Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983); The Couch Trip (1988); and Exit to Eden (1994). They have three daughters, Danielle (known by her stage name, Vera Sola), Stella, and Belle.
Aykroyd maintains his Canadian roots as a longtime resident of Sydenham, Ontario, with his estate on Loughborough Lake.
In a 2004 NPR interview with host Terry Gross, Aykroyd said that he had been diagnosed in childhood with Tourette syndrome (TS) as well as Asperger syndrome (AS). He stated that his TS was successfully treated with therapy. In 2015, he stated during a HuffPost Show interview with hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill that his AS was "never diagnosed", but was "sort of a self-diagnosis" based on several of his own characteristics.
Aykroyd is a former reserve commander for the police department in Harahan, Louisiana, working for Chief of Police Peter Dale. Aykroyd carried his badge with him at all times. He currently serves as a reserve deputy of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department in Hinds County, Mississippi. He supports the reserves with a fundraiser concert along with other blues and gospel singers in Mississippi.
Aykroyd is passionate about the outdoors, geology and paleontology which he attributes to watching his father work on constructing the Gatineau Parkway which included blasting through granite rock formations to run the highway. This passion has led Aykroyd to join renowned Canadian paleontologist Dr. Philip J. Currie on a number of digs, including fundraising digs and galas as fundraisers for the construction of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, Alberta. In recognition of Aykroyd's contributions, the museum's theatre was named the Aykroyd Family Theatre.
Friendship with John Belushi
In an appearance on the Today show, Aykroyd referred to John Belushi and himself as "kindred spirits." In the biography Belushi, Aykroyd claims that Belushi was the only man with whom he could ever dance. Aykroyd and Belushi were scheduled to present the Academy Award for Visual Effects in 1982, but Belushi died only a few weeks prior to the ceremony. Though devastated by his friend's death, Aykroyd presented the award alone, remarking from the stage: "My partner would have loved to have been here to present this, given that he was something of a visual effect himself."
Aykroyd was openly hostile to the 1989 film Wired, a biopic of Belushi which featured Aykroyd as a character played by actor Gary Groomes. Along with Belushi's widow Judy and brother Jim, and many other friends and relatives of Belushi, he boycotted the film for misrepresenting Belushi's life and expressed his desire that it would flop at the box office, which it ultimately did. During an interview for MTV's The Big Picture in June 1988, he said, "I have witches working now to jinx the thing... I hope it never gets seen and I am going to hurl all the negative energy I can and muster all my hell energies [against them]. My thunderbolts are out on this one, quite truthfully." He had actor J. T. Walsh removed from the film Loose Cannons after Walsh had already done two days of filming, after finding out that Walsh had been in the cast of Wired. Walsh was replaced by fellow Canadian Paul Koslo, causing the film a $125,000 production delay.
Aykroyd considers himself a Spiritualist, stating:
- I am a Spiritualist, a proud wearer of the Spiritualist badge. Mediums and psychic research have gone on for many, many years ... Loads of people have seen spirits, heard a voice, or felt the cold temperature. I believe that they are between here and there, that they exist between the fourth and fifth dimensions, and that they visit us frequently.
Aykroyd's great-grandfather, a dentist, was a mystic who corresponded with author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the subject of Spiritualism, and was a member of the Lily Dale Society. Other than Spiritualism, Aykroyd is also interested in various other aspects of the paranormal, particularly UFOlogy. He is a lifetime member of and official Hollywood consultant for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Along these lines, he served, from 1996 to 2000, as host of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, which claimed to describe cases drawn from the archives of "The Office of Scientific Investigation and Research". In 2005, Aykroyd produced the DVD Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs.
Aykroyd is interviewed for 80 minutes by UFOlogist David Sereda discussing in depth many aspects of the UFO phenomenon.
On September 29, 2009, Peter Aykroyd Sr., Dan's father, published a book entitled A History of Ghosts. This book chronicled the family's historical involvement in the Spiritualist movement, to which Aykroyd readily refers. Aykroyd wrote the introduction and accompanied his father on a series of promotional activities, including launches in New York and Toronto, appearances on Larry King Live and Coast to Coast AM, and various other public-relations initiatives. Aykroyd also read the introduction for the audio version of the book. In 1997, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry awarded Aykroyd in absentia the Snuffed Candle Award for hosting Psi Factor and being a "long-time promoter ... of paranormal claims". Following the awards, Joe Nickell wrote to Aykroyd asking for the research behind the "cases" presented on Psi Factor, particularly a claim that NASA scientists were "killed while investigating a meteor crash and giant eggs were found and incubated, yielding a flea the size of a hog".
|1977||Love at First Sight||Roy|
|1979||Mr. Mike's Mondo Video||Jack Lord Priest / Himself|
|1941||Motor Sergeant Frank Tree|
|1980||The Blues Brothers||Elwood J. Blues||Also writer|
|1982||It Came from Hollywood||Himself||Documentary|
|1983||Doctor Detroit||Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit|
|Trading Places||Louis Winthorpe III|
|Twilight Zone: The Movie||Passenger / Ambulance Driver|
|1984||Ghostbusters||Dr. Raymond Stantz||Also writer|
|Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Art Weber||Cameo|
|Nothing Lasts Forever||Buck Heller|
|1985||Into the Night||Herb|
|Spies Like Us||Austin Millbarge||Also writer|
|1987||Dragnet||Sergeant Joe Friday|
|1988||The Couch Trip||John W. Burns Jr.|
|The Great Outdoors||Roman Craig|
|Caddyshack II||Captain Tom Everett|
|My Stepmother Is an Alien||Steven Mills|
|1989||Driving Miss Daisy||Boolie Werthan|
|Ghostbusters II||Dr. Raymond Stantz||Also writer|
|1990||Loose Cannons||Detective Ellis Fielding|
|Masters of Menace||Johnny Lewis|
|1991||My Girl||Harry Sultenfuss|
|Nothing but Trouble||Judge Alvin "J.P" Valkenheiser
|Also writer and director|
|Sneakers||Darren "Mother" Roskow|
|This Is My Life||Arnold Moss|
|1993||Coneheads||Beldar Conehead||Also writer|
|1994||A Century of Cinema||Himself||Documentary|
|Exit to Eden||Fred Lavery|
|My Girl 2||Harry Sultenfuss|
|1995||Canadian Bacon||OPP Officer||Uncredited cameo|
|Casper||Dr. Raymond Stantz||Uncredited cameo|
|The Random Factor||Dexter||Voice role|
|Tommy Boy||Ray Zalinsky|
|1996||Rainbow||Sheriff Wyatt Hampton|
|Celtic Pride||Jimmy Flaherty|
|Feeling Minnesota||Detective Ben Costikyan|
|My Fellow Americans||President Bill Haney|
|Getting Away with Murder||Jack Lambert|
|Sgt. Bilko||Colonel John T. Hall|
|1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||Grocer|
|Blues Brothers 2000||Elwood J. Blues||Also writer and producer|
|2000||The House of Mirth||Gus Trenor|
|2001||The Curse of the Jade Scorpion||Chris Magruder|
|The Frank Truth||Himself||Documentary|
|On the Nose||Dr. Barry Davis|
|Pearl Harbor||Captain Harold Thurman|
|Unconditional Love||Max Beasly|
|2003||Bright Young Things||Lord Monomark|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Vic Frohmeyer|
|50 First Dates||Dr. Joseph Keats|
|Intern Academy||Dr. Cyrill Kipp|
|2007||I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry||Captain Phineas Tucker|
|Shortcut to Happiness||Julius Jenson|
|2008||War, Inc.||The Former Vice President|
|2010||Yogi Bear||Yogi Bear||Voice role|
|2012||The Campaign||Wade Motch|
|The Ultimate Sacrifice||Narrator||Voice|
|2013||Behind the Candelabra||Seymour Heller|
|2014||Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return||Scarecrow||Voice role|
|Get on Up||Ben Bart|
|2015||Pixels||1982 Championship MC||Cameo|
Also executive producer
|2019||Cleanin' Up the Town:
|2021||Ghostbusters: Afterlife||Dr. Raymond Stantz||Also executive producer|
|1974||The Gift of Winter||Goodly / Rotten / Maple||Television short; Voice|
|1975–1978||Coming Up Rosie||Purvis Bickle||32 episodes|
|1975–2013||Saturday Night Live||Various Roles||97 episodes|
|1976||The Beach Boys: It's OK||Cop||Television film; also writer|
|1978||All You Need Is Cash||Brian Thigh||Television film|
|1986–1991||The Real Ghostbusters||Creator|
|1990||The Dave Thomas Comedy Show||Various||Episode 1.2|
|It's Garry Shandling's Show||Boolie Shandling||Episode: "Driving Miss Garry"|
|The Earth Day Special||Vic's Buddy||Special|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Captain Mulligan||Episode: "Yellow"|
|1994||The Nanny||Repair Man||Episode: "Sunday in the Park with Fran"|
|1995||Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny||Himself||Special|
|1996–2000||Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal||Himself (host)||88 episodes|
|1997||The Arrow||Crawford Gordon||4 episodes; also creative consultant|
|Home Improvement||Reverend Mike Weber||Episode: "Losing My Religion"|
|1997–1998||Soul Man||Reverend Mike Weber||25 episodes|
|2000||Normal, Ohio||Frank Wozniak||Episode: "He Always Gets His Man"|
|2001||Earth vs. the Spider||Inspector Jack Grillo||Television film|
|History's Mysteries||Narrator (voice)||Episode: "The Children's Crusade"|
|2002–2009||According to Jim||Danny Michalsky||5 episodes|
|2006||Living with Fran||Judge||Episode: "Going Crazy with Fran"|
|2009||Family Guy||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Spies Reminiscent of Us"|
|2011||The Defenders||Judge Max Hunter||2 episodes|
|2012||Happily Divorced||Harold||Episode: "Fran-alyze This"|
|2017–2019||Workin' Moms||Kate's Dad||4 episodes|
|2019||The Conners||Buddy||Episode: "The Preemie Monologues"|
|2020||Hotel Paranormal||Narrator (voice)||All episodes|
|2021||The Simpsons||Postage Stamp Fellow (voice)||Episode: "The Dad-Feelings Limited"|
|2009||Ghostbusters: The Video Game||Ray Stantz||Also writer|
|2010||Yogi Bear: The Video Game||Yogi Bear|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Ray Stantz||Archive sound|
|2019||Planet Coaster||Ray Stantz|
|2019||Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered||Ray Stantz||Also writer|
Guest appearances on SNL
|Date||Episode||Host / Musical guest||Role(s)|
|February 13, 1988||Season 13, Ep. 11||Justine Bateman, Terence Trent D'Arby||Bob Dole|
|May 15, 1993||Season 18, Ep. 20||Kevin Kline, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon|
|March 25, 1995||Season 20, Ep. 16||John Goodman, The Tragically Hip||Bob Dole, Elwood Blues, Irwin Mainway, Tom Snyder, |
Rush Limbaugh, Robert Stack, Miner
|February 7, 1998||Season 23, Ep. 14||John Goodman, Paula Cole||Bob Dole, Elwood Blues, Irwin Mainway, Ernesto|
|September 26, 1998||Season 24, Ep, 01||Cameron Diaz, The Smashing Pumpkins||Yortuk Festrunk|
|November 3, 2001||Season 27, Ep, 04||John Goodman, Ja Rule||Dr. Keith Vester, Elwood Blues, Leonard Pinth-Garnell|
|February 2, 2002||Season 27, Ep. 12||Britney Spears||Mormon, Judge Lindenwell|
|March 8, 2003||Season 28, Ep. 14||Queen Latifah, Ms. Dynamite||Bob Dole|
|May 17, 2003||Season 28, Ep. 20||Dan Aykroyd, Beyoncé||Andrew Card, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Esteban |
Donnie "The Finger" Dabinski, Butch, Sam Elliott
|March 24, 2007||Season 32, Ep. 16||Peyton Manning, Carrie Underwood||Himself|
|February 14, 2009||Season 34, Ep. 16||Alec Baldwin, The Jonas Brothers||John Boehner|
|March 9, 2013||Season 38, Ep. 16||Justin Timberlake||Himself, Yortuk Festrunk|
|February 15, 2015||Season 40||40th Anniversary Special||Super Bass-O-Matic 2150 Spokesperson, Elwood Blues|
Awards and nominations
In 1977, Aykroyd received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series for his collaborative work on Saturday Night Live. In 1994, he received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Carleton University. In 1999, Aykroyd was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2002. In 2017, he was made a member of the Order of Ontario in recognition for being "one of the world's most popular entertainers, well-known for his time on Saturday Night Live and the 1984 classic movie Ghostbusters."
Awards and Nominations
|1977||Saturday Night Live||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series||Won|
|1978||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Variety or Music||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series||Nominated|
|1979||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series||Nominated|
|1985||Ghostbusters||Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation||Nominated|
|1989||Caddyshack II||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor||Won|
|1990||Driving Miss Daisy||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|1990||American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|1992||Nothing But Trouble||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor||Won|
|1995||Exit to Eden
|Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Exit to Eden||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple||Nominated|
|2002||Crossroads||The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Fake Accent: Male||Nominated|
|2007||Saturday Night Live||TV Land Award for Favorite Elvis Impersonation||Nominated|
|2018||Workin' Moms||Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting or Guest Actor, Comedy||Nominated|
|2020||Canadian Screen Award for Best Guest Performance, Comedy||Nominated|