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Aykroyd, Daniel Edward (Dan)

Born: 1952 AD
Currently alive, at 63 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Actors


1952 - Born on the 1st of July in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

1975-1979 - Gained fame on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live, where he was a writer and cast member for its first four seasons.

1977 - Received an Emmy Award for writing on Saturday Night Live; he later received two more nominations for writing, and one each for acting and Outstanding Comedy-Variety series.

1982 - He and Belushi were scheduled to present the Academy Award for Visual Effects, but Belushi died only a few weeks prior to the ceremony.

1983 - One of his best-received performances was as a blueblood-turned-wretch in the comic drama Trading Places.

1984 - Originally wrote the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters with John Belushi in mind, but rewrote the part for another famous SNL player, Bill Murray, after Belushi died.

1989 - Acting career reached its peak when he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for 89's Driving Miss Daisy.

1991 - His directorial debut was 91's Nothing But Trouble.

1992 - Along with many other notable music and Hollywood personalities, founded the House of Blues.

1997 - Starred in a short-lived sitcom on ABC called Soul Man, a spinoff of the popular sitcom Home Improvement.

2001 - Starred in the Woody Allen film, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

2003 - He hosted the season finale of Saturday Night Live.

       - He became the second member of the original cast to host the show.

2007 - He made his most recent cameo appearance as a crying fan of Andy Samberg portraying American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar during Weekend Update.

       - He revealed that he would be providing voice-acting for a Ghostbusters III CGI project, although he stated that that would not happen until next year.


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