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Daniel Edward Aykroyd is an Academy
Award nominated and Emmy Award winning actor, comedian,
screenwriter, and most recently business entrepreneur. He attended
Carleton University in Canada, but dropped out before receiving his
degree. He veered away from his study of criminology in college in
order to pursue his interest in acting. He began as a comedian in
various Canadian nightclubs and went on to gain experience in the
SecondCity comedy troupe and the National Lampoon stage shows. He
became a regular on Saturday Night Live in 1975 due to his
political satire powered by flawless impersonations of Presidents
Nixon and Carter. Collaborating with fellow cast members from SNL
led to the creation of such memorable duos as Two Wild and Crazy
Guys (with Steve Martin) and The Blues Brothers (with John
Belushi), which gained big-screen life in The Blues Brothers (1980)
and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998). His interest in crime led him to
film roles on both sides of the law, including good-guy Sgt. Joe
Friday in Dragnet (1987), hit man Grocer in Grosse Pointe Blank
(1997), and break-in expert Mother in Sneakers (1992). He recently
appeared in the films Stardom (2000), The House of Mirth (2000),
Pearl Harbor (2001), Bright Young Things (2003), 50 First dates
(2004) and I know Pronounce you Chuck and Larry (2007) with Adam
Aykroyd has been honored numerous times for both his acting and screenwriting capabilities. In 1977 he received an Emmy Award for writing on SNL and 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.
He has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and maintains his Canadian roots as a longtime resident of Kingston, Ontario. In 1994 Aykroyd received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Carleton University.
Aykroyd has pursued varied business interests. In 1992 he, along with many other notable music and Hollywood personalities, founded the House of Blues. 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.
In 2007 Aykroyd announced his newest venture- The Dan Aykroyd Winery. The $11 million dollar winery will be all green, featuring solar panels and environmental water management systems. Located near the town of Lincoln, Ontario in Canada the vineyard's lodge will showcase souvenirs from his movies. Construction begins shortly, and the winery will be ready for the 2008 growing season.
He is married to actress Dona Dixon and has three children
"Dan was great - really great. Not only in his speech - which he delivered with more energy than any other speaker we've had at our event - but also backstage with both the executives and the crew. I would book him in a second for another event. Please let Dan know we thought he was a delight to work with, and that his appearance was a huge success for us. We got nothing but compliments from the client and the attendees."