Fast Facts

  • Worked as a road surveyor in Canada's Northwest Territories in his late teens.
  • A law-enforcement enthusiast and grandson of a Canadian Mountie, he studied criminology in college and collects police badges.
  • Developed a fascination with the supernatural that has served him well with the Coneheads characters, Ghostbusters (1984) and his role as host of the TV series Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal.
  • Proposed to wife Donna Dixon on Fran Drescher's porch.
  • Cofounded the successful House of Blues club-restaurant chain.

Awards

  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Donna Dixon — Wife
  • Peter Aykroyd — Brother
  • Belle Kingston Aykroyd — Daughter
  • Danielle Alexandra Aykroyd — Daughter
  • Stella Irene Augustus Aykroyd — Daughter
  • Peter Hugh Aykroyd — Father
  • Lorraine Aykroyd — Mother

College

  • Attended Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Details

  • Birth Name: Daniel Edward Aykroyd
  • Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Birthday: July 1, 1952, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Writer
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