Dan Aykroyd Net Worth: A Canadian-American actor, producer, comedian, singer, and filmmaker, Dan Aykroyd was an early member of Saturday Night Live’s “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.”
Dan Aykroyd Early Life
Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Canada, on July 1, 1952. Aykroyd was the son of the British Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd and the French Canadian Lorraine Helene. Aykroyd attended a Catholic church as a child. He was resolved to become a priest till he was seventeen years old. In Ottawa, he attended St. Pius X High School. Later, he attended the Ottawa-based St. Patrick’s High School.
Dan Aykroyd’s Net Worth
A comedian, actor, screenwriter, and entrepreneur from Canada, Dan Aykroyd has a net worth of $250 million. Aykroyd is well known as one of the founding cast members of “Saturday Night Live” and for his legendary performance as Ray Stantz in the “Ghostbusters” trilogy.
Additionally, he is a member of The Blues Brothers, which began as a comedy on “Saturday Night Live” with Dan and John Belushi and expanded into a touring band; their 1978 album “Briefcase Full of Blues” went double platinum and sold 3.5 million copies. Aykroyd co-founded the House of Blues music venue/restaurant complex in 1992 and developed Crystal Head Vodka with $600,000 in 2007; the vodka is marketed in bottles fashioned like crystal skulls, and the company’s turnover exceeded $80 million in 2018.
Dan Aykroyd Career
Aykroyd made his television debut at the age of 17 on the 1970-1971 Canadian sketch comedy series “The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour,” starring Hart Pomerantz and Lorne Michaels. Michaels then hired Dan as a writer and performer for “Saturday Night Live” after recruiting him. Aykroyd portrayed renowned characters such as Yortuk Festrunk, Beldar Conehead, and Elwood Blues from 1975 until 1979.
The Blues Brothers had their own film in 1980, and in the 1998 sequel “Blues Brothers 2000,” John Goodman replaced the late John Belushi. Dan co-starred with Belushi in “1941” (1979) and “Neighbors” (1981), and he had intended to co-star with him in “Ghostbusters” (which Aykroyd began writing in the early 1980s), but following his death from a heroin overdose in 1982, he recast the role of Peter Venkman for Bill Murray.
The 1984 picture made $295,7 million worldwide and spawned a 1989 sequel, a 2016 revival (in which Aykroyd appeared as a taxi driver), and an animated television series (“The Real Ghostbusters,” which ran from 1986 to 1991). The 2021 release of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” features him reprising his role.
Dan co-starred alongside Eddie Murphy in “Trading Places” in 1983, and subsequently authored and appeared in “Spies Like Us” (1987) and “Dragnet” (1987). The actor then acted in the films “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “Nothing But Trouble” (1991) (which he also directed), “Coneheads” (1993), and “Tommy Boy” (1995).
Aykroyd began presenting the 1996-2000 series “Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal,” which was produced by his brother. He portrayed a widower priest in the ABC sitcom “Soul Man” from 1997 to 1998. In the 2000s, Dan has appeared in over a dozen films, including “Evolution” (2000), “50 First Dates” (2004), “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” (2007), and “Tammy” (2014).
Dan Aykroyd Real Estate
Dan and his brother purchased a 4,176-square-foot home in Los Angeles for $732,500 in 1988 and sold it for $2.13 million in 2008. Aykroyd purchased a 4-bedroom property in the Pacific Palisades for $14.5 million in 2007 and sold his 4,828-square-foot home in the Hollywood Hills for $3.8 million the following year. In 2014, Dan rented out his Pacific Palisades residence for $45,000 per month.