Peter Aykroyd, an actor who formerly worked on "Saturday Night Live" as a writer and cast member, has died at 66.
News of his death was revealed by the popular sketch comedy series during its most recent episode by displaying a card with his name, date of birth, and the year he died along with a photo of when he was a featured player on the show in the late 1970s.
"SNL" also paid tribute to Aykroyd, whose brother is Dan Aykroyd, on Twitter with a post that included a 1979 short film that Aykroyd starred in called "Java Junkie," which sees him play the role of an over-caffeinated character going around town to fix his coffee addiction. The clip ends with a title card that pays tribute to the late actor.
Born on Nov. 19, 1955, Aykroyd began his career with minor roles in "The New Avengers" and "SCTV," according to Deadline. He joined "SNL" as a writer and featured player in 1979 during which time he received an Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Emmy nomination, which was shared with several other writers.
Aykroyd furthered his acting career in the '90s, appearing in "Nothing but Trouble," "Coneheads," and "Justice," lending his voice to "The Blues Brothers" animated series and working alongside his brother writing the 1991 film "Nothing but Trouble." He also created the Canadian series "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal."
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