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
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.