There are so many things that we can learn from actor Dan Aykroyd career and overall life. First, he is a man known to chase and attain his dreams despite the obvious life obstacles. Secondly, he knows how to hold his family together unlike most stars today. Third, he is wealthy. A real man ought to be wealthy. Here we will also find out the net worth of Dan Aykroyd in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Dan Aykroyd was born on 1952 July the 1st at The Ottawa Hospital. He grew up in the capital city of Ottawa. His father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, of English, Irish, French, Dutch, Scottish descent, was a civil engineer and also doubled up as the advisor to the Canadian Premiere Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine Helene of a French-Canadian descent was a secretary.
He went to St. Pius X as well as St. Patrick’s high school. Mr. Dan Aykroyd studied Criminal sociology and Political Science at the Carleton University. Nonetheless, the actor dropped out before he could earn his degree.
The 66 years old actor found his better half Donna Dixon and in 1983 April the 29th, they tied the knot. To date, the couple has three children namely Danielle Aykroyd, Stella Irene August Aykroyd and the last born Belle Kingston Aykroyd. This couple is both loyal and understanding of each other, a vital recipe for a long-lasting relationship. Ever since there has never been any report of separation, we believe the family is happily living together.
Career, Awards & Nominations
After dropping out of college, Dan in 1973 headed to Toronto and became part of the infamous Second City troupe. Here, he worked closely with several also rising stars like Bill Murray, John Candy, and Gilder Radner. Mr. Dan appeared on Coming Up Rosie, a short-lived Canadian television series.
Mr. Dan Aykroyd also worked as a television announcer as well as managing a nightclub. It was when a famous writer and comedian John Belushi was in search of new talent in Toronto for The National Lampoon Radio Hour radio show that he bumped into our actor. The duo, in 1975 featured in Saturday Night Live’s first season of the television series.
His film dubbed Ghostbusters made the first appearance in 1984. This film would mark his efficiency as part of its co-writers, creators and lead actors. It was a huge success, and later he made his directional debut in 1991 with Nothing But Trouble. However, did not break through at the box office. His major and notable works among others were from 1975 to 79 when he was apart of the SNL, where he made a name for himself through writing and acting.
His awards and nominations are vast. First, Driving Miss Daisy earned him an Academy Awards in 1990. He got a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding comedy and music program, SNL in 1979. Ghostbusters earned him the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, USA. Other awards include American Comedy Awards, USA, Canadian Screen Awards, CA, Hugo Awards, 3 Razzie Awards, The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, and TV Land Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
The actor and businessperson is said to have a net worth of $150 million. Dan Aykroyd together with Isaac Tigrett founded the House Of Blues, a music venue line, in 1992. It works with social charities of both folk art music and blues. He also owns a couple of vineyards in Canada. Today, Mr. Dan focuses more on his business endeavors such as the House of Blues Restaurants. This amount is justified and backed by his hard work in the media and the business spheres.
Aykroyd’s story is an impressive one, one which any sane soul would aspire to lead. However, a good name comes from being loyal to oneself and to others, hard work, setting goals and going for them, thinking widely and being a go-getter. Above all, you have to throw in a lot of effort and self-discipline. I envy him and think you begrudge his successes too.