Peter Aykroyd, a former “Saturday Night Live” comedian and writer and brother of Dan Aykroyd, has died, the comedy show announced. He was 66 years old.
Like his older brother, Peter Aykroyd got his start in show business as a member of the famous Second City comedy troupe in Toronto. He joined “SNL” for a season in 1980, a year after Dan Aykroyd left the show, as a cast member and writer, where he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Music or Variety Show.
“SNL” paid tribute Aykroyd during Saturday’s show, hosted by Simu Liu, star of Marvel’s “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
A title card during the episode read “Peter Aykroyd 1955-2021”. The show’s Twitter account shared a 1979 short film starring Aykroyd, “Addicted to Java” in which the actor tries to wipe away his sorrows with coffee.
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives of the program and the Aykroyd family for comment.
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The professional lives of Peter and Dan Aykroyd would continue to intersect. In the early 1990s, the two co-wrote the 1991 comedy horror film “Nothing But Trouble,” starring Chevy Chase, John Candy, Demi Moore, and Aykroyd, who would later receive a Razzie for his performance. Peter Aykroyd also co-created the Canadian science fiction drama series “PSI Factor,” which was hosted by Dan Aykroyd.
Peter Aykroyd even replaced his brother to voice Elwood Blues for the 1997 animated television series “The Blues Brothers,” which originally starred Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Belushi, who died in 1982, was replaced on the series by his brother, Jim Belushi.
He also appeared in Aykroyd films such as “Dragnet” and “Coneheads”.
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In recent statements to USA TODAY, Dan Aykroyd considered the future of his own acting career and his legacy in the “Ghostbusters” franchise.
“I think Bill and I should die in the next one. Or maybe we wait,” he said. “Why not use the living Ghostbusters, Ernie (Hudson), Billy (Murray) and me, for four, five and six? Go until we go. Then there will be time for tributes. Death will take us soon.”
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