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Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor and comedian known for his performances on Saturday Night Live, and in the hit films The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters.
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He co-starred with Tom Hanks in his own take on classic television police show Dragnet (1987), which received mixed reviews. With Coneheads (1993), Aykroyd saw one of his favorite SNL skits fail to perform at the box office. The following year, he appeared in the critical and commercial flop Exit to Eden, alongside Rosie O'Donnell and Dana Delany. In 1998,
Aykroyd tried to revive his famous musical act with the disappointing Blues Brothers 2000. Also around this time, he made a short-lived return to TV with a part on the sitcom Soul Man.
Aykroyd fared better when he hosted the non-fiction series PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, which aired from 1996 to 2000. A known spiritualist, he was a natural fit for the show. "Like my great-grandfather and father before me, I have always been intrigued by ghosts, magic and demonology; and these kinds of subjects figure prominently in our myths," he told psiberific.com.
These days, Aykroyd acts infrequently. In recent years, he has made appearances on Jim Belushi's legal drama The Defenders and Fran Drescher's sitcom Happily Divorced. On the big screen, he had a supporting role in the political comedy The Campaign (2012), starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
In 1992, Aykroyd co-founded the House of Blues, a nightclub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Isaac Tigrett. This business venture reflects his lifelong interest in music. "Heaven to me is percussion and bass, a screaming guitar and a burbling Hammond B-3 organ," he explained to People magazine. The House of Blues has grown to include venues around the world.
Aykroyd also operates a thriving wine and spirits business. In 2007, he debuted his line of wine in Canada. Also around this time, he helped develop a brand of vodka, Crystal Head, which is sold in skull-shaped bottles.
Aykroyd has been married to actress Donna Dixon since 1983. The pair met while making the 1983 comedic flop Doctor Detroit. They have three children together.
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