‘SNL’ cast member Peter Aykroyd, brother of Dan, dead at 66

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Peter Aykroyd, an Emmy-nominated former cast member and author on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 66.

His passing was confirmed on Saturday’s Simu Liu-hosted episode of the seminal sketch comedy sequence, in addition to via a post on NBC’s official “SNL” Twitter account. His official trigger of loss of life has not been disclosed at this time.

The on-air tribute got here within the type of Schiller quick movie that Aykroyd starred in: “The Java Junkie.” The traditional noir parody featured Aykroyd as an over-caffeinated character buzzing round city to repair his espresso dependancy. An ending title card pays tribute to the late actor.

Aykroyd was born on Nov. 19, 1955 and was raised in Ottawa, Canada, in keeping with his official IMDB bio. Following in his brother Dan’s humorous man footsteps, he launched his comedy by becoming a member of the long-lasting Second City comedy troupe in Toronto after taking part in small display screen roles in “SCTV” and “The New Avengers.”

Peter Aykroyd in an SNL ski
Harry Shearer (left) as Mr. Blackwell, with Chevy Chase and Peter Aykroyd as a mannequin in the course of the “Speaking of Fashion…and Other Things” skit on February 9, 1980.
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Aykroyd joined “SNL” in 1979, juggling duties as each a author and featured participant. He earned a shared Emmy nomination within the class of excellent writing in a range or music program throughout his one-year stint at the present.

Aykroyd labored together with his brother all through his profession, filling featured roles in movie’s similar to 1983’s “Doctor Detroit,” 1993’s “Coneheads” and 1997’s “Dragnet.” Offscreen, Peter and Dan co-wrote the ill-fated 1991 comedy “Nothing but Trouble,” co-starring Demi Moore, Chevy Chase and John Candy.

In 1996, Aykroyd stepped additional behind the digicam to co-create the Canadian sci-fi sequence “PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal.” Hosted by his brother Dan, the sequence ran four-seasons.

In 1997, he carried out a voice function on the “The Blues Brothers” animated sequence alongside Jim Belushi. The duo took on the legendary roles originated by their respective brothers, Dan and John, on “SNL” and within the 1980 John Landis function movie.

Aykroyd’s final credited function as an actor was within the 1999 TV film “Justice” starring James Belushi, Charles Durning and JoBeth Williams.

Mitchell Laurence as orderly, Eric Idle, and Peter Aykroyd as orderly during the monolgue on October 20, 1979
Peter Aykroyd and Mitchell Laurence as orderlies with “Monty Python” star Eric Idle because the patient-guest host throughout an “SNL” sketch on October 20, 1979.
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