The highly successful Canadian actor and – vodka tsar – turns 64 today.
1.His father Peter, a civil engineer, worked for the Pierre Trudeau government and has had a lifelong interest in ghosts, authoring books on the supernatural and passing the interest on to his famous son… and in that sense is partly responsible for the phenomenon that was Ghostbusters. His great-grandather has also been interested in the subject. Aykroyd also maintains a keen interest in UFOs.
2. Aykroyd has been diagnosed with both Tourette Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome at different times in his life. He overcame the former through therapy and says he “manages” the latter after it was diagnosed in the early 1980s.
3. Men’s Style has had the good fortune to meet Aykroyd a couple of times through his Crystal Head Vodka business. We remember asking him which of his many famous films he was asked most about. Ghostbusters, was the predictable answer, but the other film he mentioned surprised us. “I get asked a lot about My Girl, too,” he mused. “I don’t know what it was about that film (below) but it struck a chord with a lot of people for some reason.”
4. He only ever directed one film, 1991’s Nothing But Trouble with himself, Chevy Chase, John Candy and Demi Moore starring. As he told us three years ago, “I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t a commercial success at the time and it ended my directing career. I got a few offers after that but no, I didn’t really have the passion for it. After that experience I just went on to do other things, not that I wouldn’t do it again if the right opportunity came along. But again you’ve got to have a commercial hit for them to call you back to do that kind of job… and that was not a hit.”
5. He still regularly plays live blues music with Jim Belushi Jimmy Belushi in the Blues Brothers Former Classic All Star Show Band and Revue, which he says takes about 25 per cent of his time.
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