‘SNL’ Alum Peter Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd’s Brother, Dies At 66
Former Saturday Night Live featured player and writer Peter Aykroyd, has passed away at age 66, the sketch-comedy show announced.
Aykroyd was the younger brother of comedy legend, Dan Aykroyd.
This weekend’s episode of SNL featured a photo of the late Canadian performer along with his birth and death years 1955-2021. He appeared on the show from 1979 to 1980.
As a cast member and writer of the show, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding writing in a variety or music program.
Dan confirmed his brother’s death with a statement, which said his brother died from “septicemia from an internal infection precipitated by an untreated abdominal hernia.”
Dan starred in his first four seasons of SNL from 1975-79. He can be seen in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
SNL’s Twitter feed showed a past sketch Aykroyd and Teri Garr, titled “Java Junkie.”
Devastating news about former SNL cast member and writer Peter Aykroyd – R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/q6LeCtIHbm
— The SNL Network (@thesnlnetwork) November 21, 2021
His other credits include PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Nothing But Trouble, Coneheads, The New Avengers and SCTV.
The brothers’ professional lives continued to cross over after SNL. The two co-wrote the 1991 comedy horror film Nothing But Trouble, which starred Chevy Chase, John Candy, Demi Moore and Dan Aykroyd, who would later be awarded a Razzie for his performance.
Peter had even helped his brother out to voice “Elwood Blues” from the 1997 animated T.V. series spinoff of The Blues Brothers.
His last credited role as an actor was in the 1999 T.V. movie Justice, also starred James Belushi, Charles Durning and JoBeth Williams.
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