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Dan Aykroyd

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Dan Aykroyd (left) with John Belushi in The Blues Brothers

Daniel Edward Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a comedian, actor and screenwriter. Before working as a standup comedian in various Canadian nightclubs, Aykroyd studied at a Catholic seminary from which he was later expelled. Aykroyd went on to gain experience in the Second City comedy troupe and in the National Lampoon stage shows. He gained fame on the American TV show Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1979 where he was known for his impersonations of celebrities like Julia Child and Tom Snyder and for his recurring roles as a huckster, a male prostitute, and high-bred but low-brow critic Leonard Pinth-Garnell. He was born with syndactylism (webbed toes).

In 1977 he received an Emmy Award for writing on SNL; he later received two more nominations for writing, and one each for acting and Outstanding Comedy-Variety series. He received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Driving Miss Daisy.

In 1992, Aykroyd, along with many other notable music and Hollywood personalities, founded the House of Blues. Its mission is to promote African-American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art. As of 2004, it was the second-largest live music promoter in the world, with seven venues and 22 amphitheaters in the United States and Canada.

He has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and maintains his Canadian roots as a longtime resident of Kingston, Ontario.


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Preceded by:
Jane Curtin solo
Weekend Update
1977–1978
Succeeded by:
Jane Curtin with Bill Murray

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