A report on Dan Aykroyd

Aykroyd in 2009
Aykroyd (right) on the set of The Great Outdoors, 1987
Dan Aykroyd in 1982
Bottle of Crystal Head vodka
Aykroyd's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

Canadian actor, comedian, producer, musician and writer.

- Dan Aykroyd
Aykroyd in 2009

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Belushi in 1976

John Belushi

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American comedian, actor, and musician, best known for being one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).

American comedian, actor, and musician, best known for being one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).

Belushi in 1976
Belushi as a senior at Wheaton Central High School (1967)
Belushi on a 2008 stamp of Albania
Belushi's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Throughout his career, Belushi had a personal and artistic partnership with his fellow SNL star Dan Aykroyd, whom he met while they were both working at Chicago's Second City comedy club.

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Saturday Night Live

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American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol.

American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol.

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The original 1975 cast, from left to right: Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, and Chevy Chase
Showrunner Lorne Michaels
Comcast Building (30 Rockefeller Plaza, or "30 Rock") from which the show is broadcast
SNLs main stage, during rehearsal, 2008
Lorne Michaels and the cast of Saturday Night Live at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for Political Satire 2008
Sinéad O'Connor tears a picture of Pope John Paul II apart during a live SNL performance

By 1975, Michaels had assembled a talented cast, including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner, and George Coe.

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The Blues Brothers (film)

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1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis.

1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis.

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Reproduction of the "Bluesmobile" at Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum, Jackson, Tennessee
The Bluesmobile races through the mall while being chased by state troopers.
Richard J. Daley Center is Chicago's premier civic center and features a massive sculpture by Pablo Picasso.

It stars John Belushi as "Joliet" Jake Blues and Dan Aykroyd as his brother Elwood, characters developed from the recurring musical sketch "The Blues Brothers" on NBC variety series Saturday Night Live.

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Ghostbusters

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Stars of the film include (l-r) Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Annie Potts
Director Ivan Reitman (in 2013) contributed ideas to the Ghostbusters script and helped secure its funding.
William Atherton (in 2009) portrays Environmental Protection Agency inspector Walter Peck.
55 Central Park West (in 2007), which served as the setting for the climactic battle
Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8 (in 2007), the New York City firehouse used for the exterior of the Ghostbusters headquarters
Steve Johnson created the final design for the "Onion Head ghost", later named "Slimer".
The alternative "correct" design of the "no ghosts" logo features a diagonal bar that runs top-left to bottom-right
Bill Murray in 2018. Critics were consistent in their praise of his comedic deadpan performance as the main highlight of Ghostbusters.
Ray Parker Jr. in 2013. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Ghostbusters", and was later sued by Huey Lewis for allegedly plagiarizing Lewis' "I Want a New Drug".
President Ronald Reagan addressing the nation in 1981 on tax reduction. Ghostbusters has been analyzed as promoting Reagan's political policies, espousing limited regulation and a pro-business agenda.
Following Harold Ramis's death in 2014, a potential third Ghostbusters film was replaced with a reboot. Fans commemorated Ramis by leaving tributes outside Hook & Ladder 8.

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

Elwood and Jake Blues and the Bluesmobile

The Blues Brothers

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Elwood and Jake Blues and the Bluesmobile
The Blues Brothers featured on the National Reconnaissance Office launch number 7 (NROL-7) mission patch

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live.

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Ghostbusters II

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Stars of the film include (l–r, top row) Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, (bottom row) Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis
Then-Columbia Pictures executive David Puttnam was blamed for GhostbustersIIs lengthy production, though director Ivan Reitman said it was more the fault of the reluctant cast and crew.
Folklore about the existence of fairy rings—naturally occurring rings or arcs of mushrooms—and their ties to the supernatural were present in Aykroyd's early draft.
Max von Sydow provided the voice of Vigo the Carpathian
The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House served as the exterior of the Manhattan Museum of Art.
The Washington Square Arch was featured in re-shoots as the site of a slime-powered ghost attack. Thousands of civilians attended the recording and were used in the film, shown running away from the arch.
Dennis Muren served as the visual effects supervisor on GhostbustersII.
The Statue of Liberty was a prominent feature in the film's finale. Dan Aykroyd liked the idea of animating something otherwise immobile.
The canvas painting of Vigo as portrayed by Wilhelm von Homburg as it hung in the ILM offices in 2011. The character went through many designs, and this canvas painting was in actuality a photograph of von Homburg taken on a set that was blown up in size and treated to resemble an oil painting.
Peter MacNicol in 2001. Reviewers were consistent in praise for his comedic performance.
Director Ivan Reitman in 2011. He blamed the film's perceived failure on audiences' desire for darker films.
Jason Reitman, director of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a sequel to GhostbustersII

GhostbustersII is a 1989 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

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Coneheads (film)

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Coneheads is a 1993 American science-fiction comedy film from Paramount Pictures, produced by Lorne Michaels, directed by Steve Barron, and starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Michelle Burke.

Curtin in 1989

Jane Curtin

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American actress and comedian.

American actress and comedian.

Curtin in 1989

Curtin anchored SNL's "Weekend Update" segment from 1976 to 1977, paired with Dan Aykroyd from 1977 to 1978 and Bill Murray from 1978 to 1980.

The Second City

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Improvisational comedy enterprise and is the oldest ongoing improvisational theater troupe to be continually based in Chicago, with training programs and live theatres in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Improvisational comedy enterprise and is the oldest ongoing improvisational theater troupe to be continually based in Chicago, with training programs and live theatres in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Current location at 1616 North Wells Street in Chicago
Andrew Alexander and Len Stuart

Since its debut, The Second City has consistently been a starting point for many comedians, award-winning actors, directors, and others in show business, including Del Close, Alan Alda, Alan Arkin, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Mike Myers, Nia Vardalos, Steve Carell, Jordan Peele, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Aidy Bryant, and many others.

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Blues Brothers 2000

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Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film which is a sequel to the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd.