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