Daniel Edward Aykroyd
Born: July 1, 1952
Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario
Dan Aykroyd is an accomplished actor, writer, and comedian.
As a youth, he had to overcome several personal handicaps including Tourette syndrome and a form of autism.
He attended Ottawa's Carleton University, where he majored in Criminology and Sociology, but dropped out after two years to pursue acting.
Aykroyd then worked in a number of nightclubs in Canada to develop his skills as a comedian and actor.
From 1975-79, acting on the popular "Saturday Night Live" television show, he created several important comical characters.
Aykroyd and close friend John Belushi developed the duo known as "The Blues Brothers", central to the hit movie by the same name.
The pair had planned a follow up movie "House of Blues" however Belushi died unexpectedly.
Dan Aykroyd later help founded a successful series of "House of Blues" entertainment centers.
He has appeared in several films since and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor in the movie "Driving Miss Daisie".
Aykroyd has proven to be an effective actor in playing highly stylized characters.
His movie credits include "Ghostbusters", "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", and "CaddyshackII" and he has worked with such
actors as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase.
In 1998, Dan Aykroyd was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Dan Aykroyd continues to be a recognized actor, writer, director, and producer in both television and movies.
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