Dan Aykroyd is a well-known Canadian-American actor who is also a businessman, musician, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Aykroyd was a member of ‘Saturday Night Live’ from 1975 to 1979. He has also successfully appeared in the films ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Ghostbusters II’, and ‘Driving Miss Daisy’. In television, Aykroyd appeared in his own sitcom called ‘Soul Man’. Here is a quick summary of Dan Aykroyd’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Dan Aykroyd Early Life
Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to his parents Samuel Peter Aykroyd and Lorraine Helene Aykroyd. He was raised in Ottawa.
He did his schooling at St. Pius X High School and St. Patrick’s High School. He also attended Carleton University but dropped out soon. Following that, he began work as a comedian in many nightclubs in Canada.
For a brief period, Dan Aykroyd was engaged to Carrie Fisher. In 1983, he got married to Donna Dixon. The couple has three daughters named Belle, Stella, and Danielle.
Aykroyd has served as the reserve commander in the police department in Louisiana. He is currently the Reserve Deputy of Hinds County, Mississippi’s Sherriff Department. He is known to be very good friends with John Belushi. Aykroyd is a spiritualist.
Dan Aykroyd Career, Awards & Achievement
In 1974, Dan Aykroyd lent his voice in ‘The Gift of Winter’. A year later, he went on to appear in ‘Saturday Night Live’. He appeared in the show till 2015. He was seen as Brian Thigh in the television film ‘All You Need Is Cash’ in 1978.
From 1996 to 2000, he was seen in the television series ‘Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal’. He was the creative consultant and star of ‘The Arrow’. Aykroyd’s other television roles include ‘Soul Man’, ‘Earth vs. the Spider’, ‘According to Jim’, ‘’The Defenders’, and ‘Behind the Candelabra’.
Aykroyd has guest-appeared in many other television shows and was the creator of ‘The Real Ghostbusters’. He was the writer of ‘The Beach Boys: It’s OK’.
He made his film debut by appearing as Roy in the 1977 film ‘Love at First Sight’. This was followed by appearing in ‘1941’. His other film credits include ‘Neighbors’, ‘Doctor Detroit’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, ‘Into the Night’, ‘Dragnet’, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, ‘Exit to Eden’, ‘Diamonds’, ‘Pearl Harbor’, and ‘Pixels’.
Dan Aykroyd has lent his voice to many films and was the writer, producer, and actor of the film ‘Blues Brothers 2000’. He was the director of the 1991 movie ‘Nothing but Trouble’.
Awards & Achievements
In 1989, Dan Aykroyd was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards out of three nominations. In 2002, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 1999, he became a member of the OC (Order of Canada). He was nominated for the 2007 TV Land Awards and has also been nominated for the American Comedy Awards.
Net Worth of Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd has an estimated net worth of more than $165 million. This fortune comes from his career as an actor. Part of his wealth also comes from venturing into other businesses. He is the co-founder of the chain of music venues called House of Blues. He is also the co-founder of Crystal Head Vodka. Aykroyd is the part owner of many wineries in Niagara Peninsula of Canada. He has also appeared in many video games and has produced and directed films.
Dan Aykroyd is considered one of the most popular actors in the world. He is involved in various charitable works and has helped to start the Blue Line Foundation. His popularity has made him win many accolades and has also ventured into music. He is known to help spark the popularity if The Blues Brothers after meeting John Belushi.