Ottawa Little Theatre has announced that comedian and actor, Dan Aykroyd, will be the guest of honour at its 2014 fundraiser.
Aykroyd is one of the theatre’s most famous alumni and returns in in July to hold a live interview on the OLT stage. The interview will be held in the style of TV’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio” on Sunday, July 6 at 2 p.m.
The event will be hosted by CBC Radio All in a Day’s Alan Neal, and a reception will follow for audience members who will have the chance to meet Dan Aykroyd.
Ottawa Little Theatre will be presenting a stage version of the play “Driving Miss Daisy” this summer from July 8-26, and it was the catalyst for Aykroyd’s participation in this event. In the 1989 film version, he played the part of Boolie Werthan, the son of Miss Daisy, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
Aykroyd is best known for being one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live as well as movie roles in films that include ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Spies Like Us’ with his wife and co-star, Donna Dixon.
Currently he divides his time performing in a Blue Brothers tour as well as travelling around the world promoting his award winning Crystal Head vodka. He can be heard in the recently released animated film ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Retur’n, in which he voices the role of the Scarecrow, and soon to be seen in an upcoming James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’.
s undoubtedly one of the theatre’s most famous alumni having starred in beloved comedy classicsGhostbusters, Blues Brothers, Dragnet, and many others. Throughout his career Aykroyd has run the gamut in Hollywood having worked prolifically as an actor, writer, and musician. He has been nominated for both an Oscar (forDriving Miss Daisy) and a Grammy, won an Emmy for his writing on the Saturday Night Live show starring Sissy Spacek. In 1997 he was awarded a Doctorate in Literature from Carleton University in recognition of his writing. He is also a member of the Order of Canada.
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