LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN
Born in Ottawa, DAN AYKROYD moved full time to Toronto in
1972 to work for Ivan Reitman, director of GHOSTBUSTERS at City-TV. In 1970 he
had first performed on CBC network television as a writer/actor for producer
Lorne Michaels in the "Great Canadian Humor Test" TV Special.
Aykroyd was awarded a Doctorate in Literature (Honoris Causa) from Carleton
University in 1997 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, BLUES BROTHERS, SPIES LIKE US, DRAGNET, GHOSTBUSTERS, GHOSTBUSTERS
II, CONEHEADS, NOTHING BUT TROUBLE & BLUES BROTHERS II.
Aykroyd is also a Grammy and an Oscar nominee. The Grammy nomination was for
Best New Artist 1979 for the triple platinum selling "Briefcase Full Of Blues"
record album which he recorded with his then partner John Belushi. The Oscar
nomination was for his performance as Best Supporting Actor in the Best Picture
of 1989 - DRIVING MISS DAISY. He was awarded an Emmy for his writing on the
"Saturday Night Live" show hosted by Sissy Spacek.
In 1983 he co-ventured as an investor with the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe
International, Mr. Isaac Tigrett to open U.S. outlets of the famous
establishment. House of Blues Entertainment Inc. was founded in 1993 by Mr.
Isaac Tigrett, Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Laurence Bilzerian. As Elwood Blues, Dan
hosts the 10 year running House of Blues Radio Hour which is syndicated on 180
radio stations through the United Stations Radio Networks. House of Blues was
sold to Live Nation Entertainment in 2006.
Aykroyd holds the rights to Patron Spirits, which he is currently
distributing throughout Canada. Patron Tequila is the number one selling tequila
in North America and he hopes to do the same in his native country of Canada.
Aykroyd entered the wine business in Canada with his investing and partnering
with Toronto-based Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits LTD. Along with his partners,
has launched several wines bearing his name including the Dan Aykroyd Discovery
Series and the Dan Aykroyd Signature Reserve VQA Vidal Icewine.
Recently Aykroyd co-starred with Will Ferrell, Zach Galfinakis and John
Lithgow in THE CANDIDATE as well as the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra"
co-starring opposite Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. This year Aykroyd can be
seen in TAMMY, opposite Melissa McCarthy as well as a turn as James Brown's
manager in GET ON UP.
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