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Dan Aykroyd's Younger Brother & Former Saturday Night Live Comedian Peter Aykroyd Dead at 66

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By Junie Sihlangu
Nov 23, 2021
09:52 A.M.

A former cast member and writer of "Saturday Night Live," Peter Aykroyd, sadly died this month. Peter was the younger brother of actor Dan Aykroyd.

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During this past Saturday's episode of "Saturday Night Live (SNL)," Simu Liu, the actor from the film "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," debuted as host of the comedy sketch series.

It was on this episode that former cast member and writer Peter Aykroyd's death was announced. The show honored Peter with a title card that displayed the late star's picture with his year of birth and death.

Peter Aykroyd during the "Speaking of Fashion...and Other Things" skit on "Saturday Night Live's" season 5 on February 9, 1980 | Photo: Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

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The following day, "SNL" also took to its social media accounts to mourn the late actor's death with a post. The series shared a clip of the short film that Peter once starred in titled "The Java Junkie."

The show also revealed that the late Ottawa native, born on November 19, 1955, had been on the series from 1979 until 1980. He actually appeared as Joe in the short film "Java Junkie," created by Tom Schiller, during the same year he joined SNL.

Dan Aykroyd at the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Ghostbusters" at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016, in Hollywood, California | Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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Peter, who was also actor Dan Aykroyd's younger brother, was 66 when he passed away. A cause of death has not yet been revealed yet for the late star who got his start in show business as a member of Toronto's Second City comedy troupe.

Dan, 69, also got his footing in the industry via the Toronto comedy troupe. According to Deadline, he began his comedy career with little parts in "SCTV" and "The New Avengers," where Dan was also a performer.

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In 1979, Peter worked on "SNL" for one season as both a cast member and a writer and earned himself an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.

The Ottawa native [Peter Aykroyd] was welcomed into the world on November 19, 1955.

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The late actor and his older brother also had the pleasure of working together on various projects. Some of the movies they worked on in the 1990s included "Dragnet" and "Coneheads."

The talented siblings also co-write 1991's "Nothing but Trouble," a comedy-horror film starring Chevy Chase, Demi Moore, and Dan. The former "SNL" star also featured in "Justice."

One other thing that Peter and Dan had in common was that they both liked the paranormal. He created the Canadian series "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal."

Despite not having a part on Dan's famous film, "Ghostbusters," Peter got to do voice-over work in the animated series "The Blues Brothers."

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