BLUES BROTHERS 2000
DAN AYKROYD (Elwood Blues/Producer/ Co-Writer) has been
entertaining film and television audiences with his brilliant
comedic and dramatic stylings for over two decades.
His screen acting career spans over 35 movies, with roles encompassing
a wide range of characters including a Ghostbuster, a Conehead,
a widowed father in My Girl and Jessica Tandy's son in
Driving Miss Daisy, for which he received a 1990 Academy
Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His other starring
roles include Trading Places, opposite Eddie Murphy,
Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (both of which he
also originated and co-wrote), Spies Like Us (again, an
originator and co-writer), Dragnet (co-writer), Sneakers
alongside Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Ben Kingsley and River
Phoenix, and the role of the legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett
in Richard Attenborough's Chaplin.
Aykroyd's other film credits include Doctor Detroit, The Couch
Trip, The Great Outdoors, My Stepmother is an Alien, Loose Cannons,
My Girl II, North, Exit to Eden, Tommy Boy and Rainbow;
with guest star appearances in Into the Night, Twilight Zone:
The Movie and Caddyshack II. In 1986, he produced the
feature film One More Saturday Night for tape and cable
markets and in 1991 directed his first feature film Nothing
But Trouble, which he also starred in alongside pals Chevy
Chase and John Candy.
Additional film credits include Sgt. Bilko, Celtic Pride, Feeling
Minnesota and Getting Away With Murder, My Fellow Americans and
Grosse Pointe Blank.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Aykroyd was a member of the famed
Second City Troupe in the early 1970s, performing with them in
Toronto and Chicago. In 1975, he helped to forever change the
face of television when he joined the original cast and writing
crew of the brand-new NBC television show Saturday Night Live.
It was at SNL that he met John Belushi and formed The Blues Brothers
Band; the two subsequently recorded their hit album Briefcase
Full of Blues in 1979, starred in the 1980 hit comedy feature
The Blues Brothers, embarked on a live 10-city tour and
completed their Made in America live album. The duo also
appeared together in Steven Spielberg's 1941 and the Zanuck/Brown
production of Neighbors.
Aykroyd recently marked a return to television in the ABC prime-time
sitcom Soul Man in which he stars as Mike Weber, a widowed
Episcopalian minister with four rambunctious children and a wild
past in a motorcycle gang. Aykroyd is also host of the syndicated
television program Psi Factor which chronicles paranormal
Aykroyd is on the Board of Directors for House of Blues, a restaurant/nightclub/
entertainment company he co-founded with Isaac Tigrett (co-founder
of the Hard Rock Cafe). They currently have locations in Cambridge,
Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana; Los Angeles, California;
Chicago, Illinois; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Orlando,
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