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article imageCanadian native Dan Ackroyd's latest gig on right side of the law

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By W. Mark Dendy
Jan 28, 2014 in Entertainment
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Jackson - If you thought Canada's own Dan Ackroyd was just a "wild and crazy guy" that hangs with the likes of Steve Martin and Garret Morris, boasting about their great bulges, think again.
Original "Saturday Night Live" funny guy, Ackroyd, has 95 credited acting roles, including "The Blues Brothers" and "Ghostbusters." Last week, he added yet another role to his long resume. This one is a pistol packing deputy sheriff.
No, this is not a acting role. On Friday, Jan. 24, Ackroyd, was sworn in as a member of the Hinds County, Mississippi Sheriff Department's reserve unit, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
The 61-year-old actor was no stranger to law enforcement (the good side of it). Ackroyd had served two law enforcement agencies in Louisiana the Jackson paper reported.
Ackroyd was filming Get on Up, a James Brown biopic, in Mississippi when he submitted a request to join the Hinds County reserve unit.
The actor who played Elwood Blues, alongside the late John Belushi, where he was running from the law, hopes to use his stardom to put Hinds County "on the map" and raise money for a department in a state which ranks last in median family income.
Ackroyd's wife is from neighboring state Tennessee.
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