Actor David Ackroyd is no relation to comedian Dan Aykroyd, despite the misguided (and misspelled) efforts of certain TV "experts" to link the two. Since the mid-1960s, Ackroyd has worked steadily as a stage, film and TV performer. Having toiled as a regular or semi-regular on such daytime dramas as Another World and Secret Storm, Ackroyd moved on to nighttime serial work in 1979 as the first Gary Ewing on CBS' Dallas (a role later played by Ted Shackleford). The following year, he appeared in his first theatrical film, Mountain Men (1980). David Ackroyd's weekly TV-series characterizations have included Frederich Bhaer on 1979's Little Women and Dr. Boyer on 1984's AfterMASH.