Dan Aykroyd

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Daniel Edward Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952), is a Canadian actor, producer, comedian, musician, and filmmaker who was an original member of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” on Saturday Night Live (1975–1979), with John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Lorraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. He also appeared on the sitcom Coming Up Roses (1975-1978), with John Candy and Catherine O’Hara.

A musical sketch he performed with Belushi on SNL, the Blues Brothers, turned into an actual performing band (consisting of Lou Marini, Tom Malone, Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Paul Shaffer), and then the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, directed by John Landis. The cast also included Carrie Fisher, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles.

Aykroyd would collaborate with Landis on many other films including Trading Places (1983), with Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis; Into the Night (1985), with Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer; Spies Like Us (1985), with Chevy Chase; Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), with John Goodman; and Susan’s Plan (1998), Nastassja Kinski, Billy Zane, Rob Schneider, Lara Flynn Boyle and Michael Biehn.

He conceived and starred in Ghostbusters (1984), directed by Ivan Reitman, co-starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis (who also co-wrote), Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis, which spawned a sequel in 1989 and eventually an entire media franchise.

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Bruce Beresford’s adaptation of Driving Miss Daisy (1989), with Jessica Tandy (who won Best Actress) and Morgan Freeman (who was nominated for Best Actor). The film also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

Other notable films include Steven Spielberg‘s epic ensemble WWII comedy 1941 (1979), with Ned Beaty, Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, Slim Pickens, and Robert Stack; John G. Avildsen’s Neighbors (1981), with Belushi (his last role), Cathy Moriarty, and Kathryn Walker; Doctor Detroit (1983), with Howard Hesseman, Lynn Whitfield, Fran Drescher, and Donna Dixon (whom he married soon after release); Dragnet (1987), with Tom Hanks, a comedic spin on the popular police series; the Couch Trip (1988), with Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin and Dixon; The Great Outdoors (1988), with Candy, Stephanie Faracy and Annette Bening; and Richard Benjamin‘s My Stepmother Is an Alien (1989), with Kim Basinger, Jon Lovitz, Alyson Hannigan, and Seth Green.

Later film roles include Bob Clark’s Loose Cannons (1990), with Gene Hackman, Dom DeLuise, and Ronny Cox; My Girl (1991), with Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, and Curtis; Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin (1992), with Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Kline, and Anthony Hopkins; Sneakers (1992), with Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, and David Strathairn; Tommy Boy (1995), with Chris Farley and David Spade; My Fellow Americans (1996), with Jack Lemmon, James Garner, and Lauren Bacall; Sgt. Bilko (1996), with Steve Martin; Getting Away with Murder (1996), with Lily Tomlin and Lemmon; Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), with John Cusack, Minnie Driver, and Alan Arkin; and Diamonds (1999), with Kirk Douglas.

Films in the 2000s include Woody Allen‘s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), with Allen, Helen Hunt, Wallace Shawn, David Ogden Stiers, and Charlize Theron; Reitman’s Evolution (2001), with David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Julianne Moore, and Ted Levine; 50 First Dates (2004), with Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Schneider, Sean Astin, and Blake Clark; Stephen Fry‘s Bright Young Things (2003), with Emily Mortimer, Michael Sheen, James McAvoy, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, and Peter O’Toole; Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra (2013) with Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, and Debbie Reynolds, and Tammy (2014), with Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Kathy Bates, and Sandra Oh.

Aykroyd also directed and co-starred the dark comedy Nothing But Trouble (1991), with Chase, Demi Moore, and Candy; and starred in his own sitcom, Soul Man (1997–1998). He is also a businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand.

Each review will be lined to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(*seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Love at First Sight (1977) – directed by Rex Bromfield
  • Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video (1979) – directed by Michael O’Donoghue
  • 1941 (1979) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • The Blues Brothers (1980) – directed by John Landis – also co-writer
  • Neighbors (1981) – directed by John G. Avildsen
  • It Came from Hollywood (1982) – directed by Malcolm Leo & Andrew Solt – documentary
  • Doctor Detroit (1983) – directed by Michael Pressman
  • Trading Places (1983) – directed by John Landis
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) – directed by John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, & George Miller – anthology
  • 1984
  • Ghostbusters (1984)* – directed by Ivan Reitman – also co-writer
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) – directed by Steven Spielberg – cameo
  • Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) – directed by Tom Schiller
  • Into the Night (1985) – directed by John Landis
  • Spies Like Us (1985) – directed by John Landis – also co-writer
  • Dragnet (1987) – directed by Tom Mankiewicz – also co-writer
  • The Couch Trip (1988) – directed by Michael Ritchie
  • The Great Outdoors (1988) – directed by Howard Deutch
  • Caddyshack II (1988) – directed by Allan Arkush
  • My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) – directed by Richard Benjamin
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – directed by Bruce Beresford
  • Ghostbusters II (1989) – directed by Ivan Reitman – also co-writer
  • Loose Cannons (1990) – directed by Bob Clark
  • Masters of Menace (1990) – directed by Daniel Raskov
  • My Girl (1991) – directed by Howard Zieff
  • Nothing but Trouble (1991) – also director, writer
  • Chaplin (1992) – directed by Richard Attenborough
  • Sneakers (1992) – directed by Phil Alden Robinson
  • This Is My Life (1992) – directed by Nora Ephron
  • Coneheads (1993) – directed by Steve Barron – also co-writer
  • A Century of Cinema (1994) – directed by Caroline Thomas – documentary
  • Exit to Eden (1994) – directed by Garry Marshall
  • My Girl 2 (1994) – directed by Howard Zieff
  • North (1994) – directed by Rob Reiner
  • Canadian Bacon (1995) – directed Michael Moore – uncredited cameo
  • Casper (1995)* – directed by Brad Silberling – uncredited cameo
  • The Random Factor (1995) – directed by Bryan Michael Stoller
  • Tommy Boy (1995) – directed by Peter Segal
  • Rainbow (1996) – directed by Bob Hoskins
  • Celtic Pride (1996) – directed by Tom DeCerchio
  • Feeling Minnesota (1996) – directed by Steven Baigelman
  • My Fellow Americans (1996) – directed by Peter Segal
  • Getting Away with Murder (1996) – directed by Harvey Miller
  • Sgt. Bilko (1996) – directed by Jonathan Lynn
  • Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) – directed by George Armitage
  • Antz (1998)* – directed by Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson
  • Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) – directed by John Landis – also co-writer, co-producer
  • Susan’s Plan (1998) – directed by John Landis – straight-to-video
  • Diamonds (1999) – directed by John Mallory Asher
  • The House of Mirth (2000) – directed by Terence Davies
  • Loser (2000) – directed byAmy Heckerling
  • Stardom (2000) – directed by Denys Arcand
  • The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) – directed by Woody Allen
  • Evolution (2001)* – directed by Ivan Reitman
  • The Frank Truth (2001) – directed by Rick Caine – himself – documentary
  • On the Nose (2001) – directed by David Caffrey
  • Pearl Harbor (2001) – directed by Michael Bay
  • Crossroads (2002) – directed by Tamra Davis
  • Unconditional Love (2002) – directed by P.J. Hogan
  • Bright Young Things (2003) – directed by Stephen Fry
  • Shortcut to Happiness (2003) – directed by Alec Baldwin (credited as Harry Kirkpatrick)
  • Christmas with the Kranks (2004) – directed by Joe Roth
  • 50 First Dates (2004) – directed by Peter Segal
  • Intern Academy (2004) – directed by Dave Thomas – aka White Coats
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) – directed by Dennis Dugan
  • War, Inc. (2008) – directed by Joshua Seftel
  • Yogi Bear (2010) – directed by Eric Brevig
  • The Campaign (2012) – directed by Jay Roach
  • The Ultimate Sacrifice (2012) – directed by Octavian O. – short
  • Behind the Candelabra (2013) – directed by Steven Soderbergh – TV movie
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014) – directed by Daniel St. Pierre & Will Finn
  • Tammy (2014) – directed by Ben Falcone
  • Get on Up (2014) – directed by Tate Taylo
  • Pixels (2015) – directed by Chris Columbus – cameo
  • Ghostbusters (2016)* – directed by Paul Fieg – cameo – also executive producer
  • Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) – directed by Anthony Bueno – himself – documentary
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) – directed by by Jason Reitman