The grandson of a member of the RCMP and son of a Deputy Minister of Transport, Ottawa-born Dan Aykroyd went to Carlton University to study psychology, criminal sociology, and political science.
He graduated with the foundation for some of his most hilarious characters including Dragnet's deadpan Joe Friday, precise impersonations of political leaders, and the cult-classic character, Elwood Blues (opposite John Belushi's Jake) from 1980's smash hit, The Blues Brothers.
Aykroyd's comedy career actually began at Carlton, writing and co-starring in a series of 15-minute sketches for a private cable company. Once bitten by the acting bug, the 20-year-old joined The Second City comedy troupe in 1972, performing in both the Chicago and Toronto clubs.
In 1975, fellow Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Lorne Michaels was casting for his ground breaking late night sketch comedy program, Saturday Night Live, premiering that fall on NBC. Dan Aykroyd was one of the founding members of the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" alongside Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner.
Aykroyd remained with SNL until 1979, creating such memorable sketches as "The Blues Brothers" with Belushi, and "Two Wild and Crazy Guys" with Steve Martin.
In 1980, Aykroyd and Belushi ran counter to the disco and punk age with a full-length feature version of The Blues Brothers. He also wrote and produced the movie soundtrack.
Since the release of The Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd has showcased both his comedic and dramatic talents in roles such as Dr. Ray Stantz opposite Bill Murray in Ghostbusters, as Jessica Tandy's son in Driving Miss Daisy, a single father in My Girl, and rival assassin to John Cusack in Grosse Pointe Blank.
A noted aviation enthusiast, Aykroyd brought a controversial piece of Canadian aeronautical history to life in 1997, as the hardnosed boss of Avro in the CBC miniseries The Arrow.
Dan Aykroyd once portrayed another CWOF Inductee: In the film Chaplin, Aykroyd played 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Mack Sennett, an actor and director who helped cement the careers of many Hollywood actors and actresses, including comedy legend Charlie Chaplin.
Dan Aykroyd was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Tandy's son in Driving Miss Daisy, in 1989.