Peter Aykroyd, a former comedian and writer on “Saturday Night Live” and brother of Dan Aykroyd, has died, the sketch comedy show announced. He was 66.
Peter Aykroyd was a Second City comedian in Toronto, just like his elder brother. He joined “SNL” for one season in 1980 – the 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 variety or music program.
“SNL”Tribute paidSimu Liu (star of Marvel’s “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”) hosted Saturday’s broadcast and addressed Aykroyd.
A title card during the episode read “Peter Aykroyd 1955 – 2021.” A 1979 short film featuring Aykroyd was shared by the show’s Twitter account. “Java Junkie,”The actor is seen trying to forget his troubles with coffee.
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for the show and the Aykroyd family for comment.
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Peter Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd, and their professional lives would cross paths. In the early ’90s, the two co-wrote the 1991 comedy horror film “Nothing But Trouble,” which starred Chevy Chase, John Candy, Demi Moore and the elder Aykroyd – who would later be awarded a Razzie for his performance. Peter Aykroyd was also a co-creator of the Canadian sci-fi drama series, “PSI Factor”, which Dan Aykroyd hosted.
Peter Aykroyd even stepped in for his brother to voice Elwood Blues for the 1997 animated TV series spinoff of “The Blues Brothers,” which originally starred Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Belushi, who was killed in 1982, was succeeded in the series in part by Jim Belushi.
He also appeared in Aykroyd films including “Dragnet” and “Coneheads.”
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USA TODAY spoke with Dan Aykroyd about his future acting and the legacy of the Ghostbusters franchise.
“I think Bill and I should be killed in the next one. Or, maybe we wait,” he said. “Why not use the living Ghostbusters – Ernie (Hudson), Billy (Murray) and myself – for four, five, and six? You can go on until the end. There will then be plenty of time to pay tributes. We will all be taken by death soon enough.
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