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DAN AYKROYD (Captain Tucker) has enjoyed a three-decades-long career in the entertainment business, beginning in 1970 as a writer and performer on his local cable-access station. He originated the 15-minutes-long show titled Change for a Quarter with his then partner, Valri Bromfield.

Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on July 1, 1952 (Canada Day), to parents of mixed heritage—a French Canadian Catholic mother and an English Canadian Anglican father. Both worked as public servants for the Canadian federal government. His maternal grandfather was a career Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sergeant. This stimulated in Aykroyd a lifelong interest in law enforcement. He majored in sociology, studying criminology and deviant psychology at Carleton University for four years. While writing papers on outlaw motorcycle gangs and Michigan La Cosa Nostra families, he held a summer position as a Clerk 5 with the Canadian Penitentiary Service in the Solicitor General's office. There, Aykroyd composed a standard manual for the deployment of correctional personnel in emergency situations. He also had jobs with the Canadian Department of Transport as an airport runway load tester and at the Department of Public Works as a highway surveyor and flex-track/ATV assistant mechanic in the subarctic.

In the summer of 1970, he first performed on CBC network television as a writer/actor for producer Lorne Michaels in the Great Canadian Humour Test TV special. Michaels was also the host and did a stand-up routine with a partner in his own network show. In 1972, leaving the university without a degree, Aykroyd moved to Toronto to work full time for Ivan Reitman and Moses Znaimer at the groundbreaking Citytv.

In 1997, Aykroyd was awarded a doctorate in literature (honoris causa) from Carleton University for recognition of his Saturday Night Live writing, and for the nine produced screenplays on which he shares co-writing credits—Love at First Sight, The Blues Brothers, Spies Like Us, Dragnet, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Coneheads, Nothing but Trouble (Valkenvania) and Blues Brothers 2000. He also contributed uncredited material to the films Neighbors and The Great Outdoors.

Aykroyd is a Grammy and an Oscar® nominee. The Grammy nomination was for Best New Artist in 1979 for the triple-platinum-selling album "Briefcase Full of Blues,” which he recorded with then partner John Belushi. The Oscar® nomination was for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in the Best Picture of 1989, Driving Miss Daisy. In total, the films with which Aykroyd has had principal associations have grossed close to $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Additionally, he was awarded an Emmy for his writing on the Saturday Night Live episode which starred Sissy Spacek.

In his persona as Elwood Blues, he has performed on the CDs "Briefcase Full of Blues,” "The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack,” "Made in America,” "Best of the Blues Brothers,” "Dancing With the Blues Brothers,” "Blues Brothers—Live From Chicago” and "The Essential Blues Brothers.” In total, approximately 5-million units in this franchise have been sold.

Aykroyd was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1999, receiving a viceregal decoration from the governor general of Canada, given to prominent Canadians who "desire to make a better country.”

Until late 2002, Aykroyd was a sworn captain in the reserve for the police department of Harahan, Louisiana. He served in an advisory capacity with the reserve for four years and received a citation for youth anti-crime education.

During his transition job from university to full-time professional entertainment, in the early '70s he worked as a contract motor courier to the Royal Mail Service of Canada. He joined the pioneering Canadian Union of Postal Workers as an active member


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