Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, winemaker and ufologist. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.
== Quotes ==
You're from the isle of ghosts and, as you know, there are ghosts walking around all over the place over there. Loads of people have seen them, heard a voice or felt the cold temperature. I believe that they are between here and there, that they exist between the fourth and the fifth dimension and that they visit us frequently.
To his interviewer in "I'm still haunted by Belushi" by Sean O'Hagan in The Observer (28 September 2003)I was never into the powders or pills. I tried it all but didn't like that clenched-teeth feeling. I didn't like the "I'm a palpitating rabbit and I'm gonna solve the world's problems" feeling either. I drank some beer. I'm still here.
On drug use, in "I'm still haunted by Belushi" by Sean O'Hagan in The Observer (28 September 2003)You know, even when the material wasn't so good, I've gotten to work with the greats, and I've always given it my best shot. I'm satisfied with my work. I could stop tomorrow, and if Bright Young Things was my last role, I could say I tidied it up with dignity.
As quoted in "I'm still haunted by Belushi" by Sean O'Hagan in The Observer (28 September 2003)Greetings and death to our enemies.
Comment to reporters at a press junket in November 2004 for his movie Christmas With the Kranks
EDDY, STEVE (December 2, 2004). "PEOPLE:Aykroyd a man of the world, but which one?". Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.). Well, the common enemy in North America is the Western consumer. The consumer has driven oil up to $50.00 a barrel so we have to have these wars. I think it's incumbent upon us to.
Response to question from reporters as to who are the enemy in the above comment.
EDDY, STEVE (December 2, 2004). "PEOPLE:Aykroyd a man of the world, but which one?". Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.). I am a Spiritualist, a proud wearer of the Spiritualist badge. Mediums and psychic research have gone on for many, many years.
As quoted in Psychic News # 4001 (18 April 2009)You look at the floor and see the floor. I look at the floor and see molecules.
As quoted by Hill, Doug; Weingrad, Jeff (March 4, 1986). "Agony and Excesses of Stardom". San Francisco Chronicle: p. 16.
== About Ackryod ==
...Danny Aykroyd went his own way when I became head of Lorimar Pictures in 1987. He said, "I can't understand the head of a management company also running a studio. There's something wrong about it." I told Danny it could only work in his favor, but he laughed. He's such a straight citizen. Maybe he was right. But with no paper to haggle over, the parting was friendly. And he's such a good guy that although I haven't represented him in years, every month he sends the Blues Brothers records' royalties I'm due, or a commission on an old acting job. Sometimes the check is for $17. Doesn't matter. I love that continuity and caring and respect.
Bernie Brillstein, Aykroyd's longtime manager on his still honoring their handshake deal over a decade after finding a new manager, Where Did I Go Right? You're No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead (1999, Little, Brown and Company), p. 99
== External links ==
Dan Aykroyd on IMDb
Dan Aykroyd, host of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal
Dan Aykroyd and MUFON
"Dan Aykroyd, Still Full of the 'Blues'", interview onFresh Air with Terry Gross (22 November 2004)
Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005)