NEW YORK (AP) – Peter Aykroyd, Emmy-nominated actor and screenwriter on Saturday Night Live in the 1979-80 season, who later worked with older brother Dan on everything from TV shows to the paranormal before films such as “Dragnet” and “Coneheads” they died at the age of 66.
In a brief statement to the Associated Press on Monday, Dan Aykroyd quoted a medical examiner in Spokane, Washington as saying his brother “died of sepsis due to an internal infection caused by an untreated abdominal hernia.” Further details were not immediately available.
Peter Aykroyd’s death was first reported over the weekend on Saturday Night Live, which also tweeted Tom Schiller’s short film in which he starred for the show, a noir parody of Java Addict. Former Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel posted a tribute on Facebook, calling Aykroyd “a very funny and really good guy.”
He was born in Ottawa, Canada, and his career followed the same path as his brother’s – the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto and eventually Saturday Night Live, which he joined a few years later. months after Dan Aykroyd and co-founder John Belushi left to focus. about their movie careers. Peter Aykroyd’s year on SNL earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Screenplay for a Pop or Music Program.
Many of the remaining actors and writers left the NBC show after the 1979-80 season, and Peter Aykroyd continued to work with his brother for the next 20 years. He has appeared in the films Bumps, Dragnet and Doctor. Detroit and co-wrote the 1991 horror comedy Nothing But Trouble with Dan. The Aykroyds had a common interest in science fiction and the paranormal, and Peter helped create the Canadian television series Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, which Dan hosted from 1996 to 2000.