How much is Dan Aykroyd worth?
|Net Worth:||$180 Million|
|Date of Birth:||July 1, 1952|
Who is Dan Aykroyd
When one thinks of Dan Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters come to mind immediately. For the slightly more mature, they will remember Dan as a cast member of The Not Ready For Prime Time series on Saturday Night Live.
About Dan Aykroyd
One of Canada’s most successful show biz sons, Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born in Ottawa in the year 1952. During his long and successful career, he has filled many shoes. He is most well known for being an actor and comedian, as well as a musician. But he is also a businessman, who owns the House of Blues music venture and is behind the growing Crystal Head Vodka brand.
Dan was originally hired as a writer for the series The Not Ready For Prime Time for Saturday Night Live. He became a cast member even before the series was premiered. His talent for writing, impersonations, eclectic interests, and eccentricities led a cast member of the famous Monty Python to say that Dan was the only one who was capable of becoming a member of Monty Python because of his ability to write and get fully into the characters he played. His ability to write about highly unusual topics and make them funny won him an Emmy Award for writing in 1977.
When Dan met John Belushi, a co-member of SNL, he introduced Belushi to Blues music. Belushi was primarily a rock fan then. The meeting sparked a collaboration that led to the birth of the Blues Brothers characters, and with encouragement from SNL then music director, the Blues Brothers sketch was premiered on SNL, with Aykroyd and Belushi as the Blues Brothers duo. But the Blues Brothers did not remain as only a sketch, it grew into a real blues band composing and releasing albums and performing concerts till today. The band was bolstered by the 1980 film The Blues Brothers which Aykroyd wrote. This was a huge commercial success, eclipsed only by The Empire Strikes Back in the week that it opened.
Four years later in 1984, Aykroyd co-wrote and starred in Ghostbusters, owing to his fascination with the paranormal and being a believer of Spiritualism. Ghostbusters was so successful that it spawned an entire media franchise and became an international phenomenon.
Outside of the Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters, Dan proved his mettle in acting, winning a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1989 Driving Miss Daisy. His later films and directorial efforts did not meet with critical or commercial success, as did the second installment of Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, released in 1988.
Most of Akyroyd’s roles outside of the Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters have been smaller characters which he played with method acting finese.
As of 2020, we estimate Dan Aykroyd to have a net worth of $180 million dollars. We anticipate that he will add on to this figure with Ghostbusters 2020 when released.
Nobody in his family had artistic or musical ties. His father was a very successful civil worker, who was so good at his job that he even worked directly for the Canadian Prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, at the time. His mother worked as a secretary. His teen years and his twenties were full of mental twists and turns. His first calling in life, or so he felt at the time, was that of a priest. But he decided against it in the end. Instead entered a college and became very interested in criminology. After a year or two, he switched to sociology. But, in the end, he didn’t finish college and dropped out. For the majority of his life, Akyroyd has struggled with both Tourette’s Syndrome and Asperger’s.
What makes him so successful?
When we look at the life of Dan Aykroyd it is evident that the man has unique talents. He is able to take the most mundane subject matter and turn it into a side-splitting comedy sketch, for example, his Super Bass-O-Matic ’76 sketch in which he played a salesman for a food blender that could turn an entire seabass into liquid! He also had the business sense to capitalize on his talents, which saw him transform the Blues Brothers into a real band releasing albums, playing concerts, and then into a movie.
Dan Aykroyd was not only a brilliant writer, but he could also sing and act. He was amongst the chorus of the charity hit We Are The World in 1985. Until 2018, he hosted the internationally syndicated radio show Elwood’s BluesMobile, formerly known as House of Blues Radio Hour, as Elwood Blues, his character in the Blues Brothers.
In those days Aykroyd and Belushi accomplished something that will probably never be repeated. They had the number one TV show, the number one record in the country, and they were the stars of the number one movie. The majority of people wouldn’t accomplish something like that if they lived 100 lives, but Belushi and Akyroyd managed it in a span of two years.
Four years later, Aykroyd co-wrote and starred in Ghostbusters, and we all know what a success it has been till today.
How did Dan Aykroyd get so rich?
Belushi and Aykroyd created a comedy sketch on Saturday Night Live called the Blues Brothers. It was about two orphans who were joined by their common love for blues music. Dan states that he and Belushi spitballed the idea literally upon their first meeting. It turned out that both of them were talented musicians and backed by some core SNL crew, the sketch came to life.
Soon after a few sketches on SNL, the Blues Brothers became a real band and were performing gigs all over New York and the rest of the States. This led to the creation and realization of their first real album. It was a raging success and sold over three million copies in the US alone. Those figures made it one of the highest-selling blues records of all time. Due to the popularity that couldn’t be stopped, movie studios wanted to make a movie out of the sketch and band. That happened in 1980 when the movie The Blues Brothers was released. The film cost $30 million to make but grossed over $115 million in worldwide box office sales.
His next hit, Ghostbusters came in 1984 which would be an even bigger commercial success. The film was made on a similar budget as The Blues Brothers but grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. Ghostbusters became an international media franchise phenomenon with toys, clothing, and all sorts of other spin-off products under its name. While the production company owns the franchise, Aykroyd retains certain rights to the franchise.
Aykroyd is not just a man who knows how to tickle your funny bone, he has also directed movies and owns the House of Blues, which is one of the biggest promoters of music. In the last few years, he has also been behind Crystal Skull Vodka.
We estimate Dan Aykroyd is worth $180 million dollars in 2020. In recent years, although he has said that he didn’t want to be in the limelight anymore, he also said he would not say no if the script or the part offered was right for him. In 2019, Dan was in Zombieland: Double Tap which quickly became a cult favorite. And everyone is waiting with bated breath for him to reprise his role as Dr. Ray Stantz in Ghostbusters 2020, to be released.
Why is he so famous?
His amazing rise to the top of the entertainment world started with Saturday Night Live. He was initially hired as a writer and paid $240 dollars a week. But, he quickly made the ensemble cast and became one of its biggest stars. His ability to write and act, especially in comedies received a lot of praise. One of the biggest compliments he has ever received was when the cast of Monty Phyton called him the only non-Brit who could play or be a Phyton.
His two largest grossing films, the Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters have made him an international film star and one of the most recognized faces of his time.
The Canadian comedian Dan Akyroyd has accomplished many things in his life. He was one of the key cast members during the transformative years of SNL when it was reaching new heights and popularity. He, together with John Belushi, created a sketch that would win over both the musical and cinematic world by storm.
Dan Akyroyd is and has been one of Hollywood’s most talented stars, and we hope to see more of him in the years to come.