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.