Peter Aykroyd dead: ‘SNL’ author and actor was 66 years old

Peter Aykroyd, the former actor and writer of “Saturday Night Live” and brother of Dan Aykroyd, has died. He is said to be 66 years old. No cause of death was disclosed.

Aykroyd’s death was announced on the Simu Liu-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live on Saturday. The program broadcast an homage to the late comic in the form of a short film in which he had played with the title “The Java Junkie”. The noir parody shows Aykroyd as a buggy character dashing through town to satisfy his coffee addiction. The short film ends with a title card in honor of Aykroyd.

Peter Aykroyd was born on November 19, 1955 and grew up in Ottawa, Can. together with his older brother Dan Aykroyd. He began his foray into comedy by joining the Second City Comedy company in Toronto after starring in “The New Avengers” and “SCTV”.

Aykroyd joined Saturday Night Live in 1979 and was a writer and featured player. During his year-long tenure on the show, he received a joint Emmy nomination for outstanding writing in a variety or music program.

Aykroyd continued to work alongside his brother throughout his career, starring in the films “Coneheads” and “Spies Like Us”. Peter and Dan also wrote the comedy “Nothing but Trouble” in 1991. In addition to Jim Belushi, he also played a dubbed role in the animated series “The Blues Brothers”. The couple played the roles of their respective brothers Dan and John on Saturday Night Live and the 1980 comedy.

In the late 1990s, Peter Aykroyd co-created with Christopher Chacon on PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, a Canadian science fiction program hosted by his brother Dan. The series enjoyed a four-season run.

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