If you are 90s comedy fans then Canadian-American actor Dan Aykroyd is not a new name to you. He earned worldwide popularity for portraying the role of Elwood Blues and serving as a writer in 1980 American musical comedy film The Blues Brothers. Similarly, he is also known as Ray Stantz in the film, Ghostbusters.
Besides that, Dan is also famous as an original member of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” on the American late-night live TV sketch comedy, Saturday Night Live (1975 to 1979). He is also the writer of the hit movies like The Blue Brothers, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, and Blues Brothers 2000.
As of Celebrity Net Worth, 67 years old actor, Dan Aykroyd has an estimated net worth of $180 million in 2020. On the other hand, he is worth $135 million according to The Richest.
In 1975, Aykroyd earned $750 per week from Saturday Night Live. Then, he gained $1 million as a salary in the film Neighbors (1981) and $450,000 from the movie Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
Ontario born Dan began his acting career appearing in the television series The Gift of Winter. From 1975 to 1979, he appeared playing various roles in the late-night live TV sketch comedy Saturday Night Live and earned massive popularity. He even won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series For SNL in 1977.
Similarly, Aykroyd also grabbed the limelight as the writer and actor of The Blues Brothers. Some of his more acting credits on television include Soul Man, According to Jim, The Defenders, Earth vs. the Spider, and Behind the Candelabra.
Additionally, Dan is also a notable part of movies such as Trading Places, Spies Like Us, My Girl, Sneakers, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, Grosse Pointe Blank, and others. Also, he gave his voice in the film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and made a minor cameo in his executive produced Ghostbusters reboot.
Dan lives a lavish lifestyle in Los Angeles, California. Similarly, his Woodrow Wilson Drive mansion was allegedly haunted after he stated:
“A ghost certainly haunts my house. It once even crawled into bed with me. I rolled over and just nuzzled up to whatever it was and went back to sleep. The ghost also turns on the Stairmaster and moves jewelry across the dresser. I’m sure it’s Mama Cass because you get the feeling it’s a big ghost.”
The villa covers 4,828 square feet features 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. As per the sources, the home is on the rent for $30,000 per month. Also, some tabloids claim that Aykroyd's listed the bungalow on the market for $4.2 million in 2007.
The philanthropist Dan is known for his generous works as he supports causes like adoption, fostering, orphans, animals, children, health, emergency services, and family/parents support.
Aykroyd serves as a donor of the foundations like Artists Against Racism, Best Friends Animal Society, Dream Foundation, Eblen Charities, Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, and SickKids Foundations.
Dan partnered with John Alexander and founded the brand of vodka manufactured by Globefill Inc., Crystal Head Vodka with $600,000 in 2007. As per the sources, the revenue of the company in 2018 topped $80 million while it was earning over $55 million per year by 2011.
Similarly, TV producer Eric Bischoff, Jason Hervey, Ike McFadden, and Aykroyd released an online-casino game featuring the Blue Brothers in 2016.
Prior to this, he along with the help of Isaac Tigrett and Hard Rock Cafe founded The House of Blue. The chain of live music concert halls and restaurants was the second-largest live music promoter in the world in 2004. Later, in 2006, the venture was bought by Live Nation in 2006.
Dan Aykroyd was born Daniel Edward Aykroyd on July 1, 1952, in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. Born to Canadian parents, Samuel Peter Aykroyd (actor) and Lorraine Hélène Aykroyd, he holds dual nationalities, Canadian and American. The comedian spent his childhood with his actor brother, Peter Aykroyd.
Regarding his education, Aykroyd attended St. Plus X High School and St. Patrick’s High School. Then he studied sociology and criminology at Carleton University and dropped out before earning a degree to make his career.
After that, Ghostbusters actor served in different Canadian nightclubs and ran an after-hours speakeasy, Club 505, in Toronto for several years as a comedian.
Soul Man actor Dan Aykroyd is married to actress Donna Dixon. The couple met on the set of the movie Doctor Detroit and finally exchanged wedding vows on April 29, 1983.
The duo together has appeared in numerous films, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Couch Trip, Exit to Eden, and Spies Like Us. The pair also shares four children, daughters, Danielle Aykroyd, Stella Irene August Aykroyd, Vera Sola, and Belle Kingston Aykroyd.
Prior to Donna, the comedian was engaged to actress Carrie Fisher. In 1980, Dan proposed her on the set of The Blue Brothers. Later, the couple’s relation was ended after Fisher reconciled with her ex-boyfriend, Paul Simon.