NEW YORK, NY -- Peter Aykroyd was an Emmy-nominated actor, writer, and host on "Saturday Night Live" from 1979-1980. He later collaborated with his older brother Dan on everything, including a show about the paranormal and films like "Dragnet" or "Coneheads," and has now died at the age of 66.
Monday's brief statement to The Associated Press by Dan Aykroyd stated that his brother died from septicemia due to an internal infection caused by an untreated abdominal rupture.
Born in Ottawa, Canada in 1964, his career was similar to his brother's: he started his career in the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto, then moved to "Saturday Night Live" in September. He joined this group months after Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and John Belushi had left to concentrate on their film careers. Peter Aykroyd won an Emmy nomination in the category of best writing for a variety or music program during his year on "SNL."
After the 1979-80 season, a large portion of the cast and writing staff left NBC. Peter Aykroyd would continue to work with his brother for the next 20 years. He was seen in "The Coneheads", "Dragnet" and "Dr. He appeared in "The Coneheads," "Dragnet" and "Dr.