Entertainment Movies Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon Separate After 39 Years, Remain Legally Married: 'Loving Friendship' "We are now on separate life paths," Dan Aykroyd and wife of nearly 40 years Donna Dixon tell PEOPLE By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 29, 2022 08:32 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon are going their separate ways. The Emmy Award winner, 69, and his wife of nearly 40 years announced their separation Friday exclusively to PEOPLE, although they continue to be legally married and share a "loving friendship." "After 39 years as a couple we are now on separate life paths. We remain legally married, co-parents, co-workers and business partners," the pair tells PEOPLE in a joint statement. "This is our choice in loving friendship." Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Ernie Hudson Talk Reuniting for Ghostbusters: Afterlife: It Was 'The Right Time' Aykroyd and Dixon, 64, tied the knot in 1983 after meeting that year on the set of the comedy film Doctor Detroit. They later went on to appear together in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), The Couch Trip (1988) and Exit to Eden (1994). The pair share daughters Danielle (known professionally as singer-songwriter Vera Sola), 32, Belle, 28, and Stella, 24. The Saturday Night Live alum previously opened up about his lasting connection with Dixon in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. RELATED VIDEO: Dan Aykroyd Opens Up About Drugs and Love in Candid Tribute to Carrie Fisher "You gotta find the right person — look them in the eye, have them look back, and know their soul," Aykroyd said in 2014. "She's a Southern woman who is understanding and doesn't mind dealing with the boys from time to time. I call her the White Goddess. And I'm the Green Demon." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Aykroyd was previously engaged to the late Carrie Fisher in the early 1980s.