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Rock ‘n’ roll star Glenn Frey of the Eagles has purchased a Brentwood home at about its asking price of $10.5 million.

Built in 1996, the house has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in slightly more than 8,000 square feet, according to public records. It is on nearly an acre with a pool.

The Mediterranean-style house also has a basement with a theater and a circular driveway, Realtors said.

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Frey, named with the Eagles to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and his wife, Cindy, own another house in the area that is expected to be sold.

They also own a contemporary home on a golf course in Palm Springs. The songwriter-vocalist-guitarist and his wife are known to be golfers.

The Eagles were formed by Frey and drummer Don Henley in 1971. The soft-rock band broke up in 1982 but re-formed in the mid-1990s. Last fall the group, with only two original members--Frey and Henley--embarked on a tour for the second time since 1980.

Among songs associated with the Eagles was the group’s first single, “Take It Easy,” and the hit “Witchy Woman.” The band is also known for the song “Hotel California.”

After the band’s breakup in the early ‘80s, the Grammy-winning Frey, now 53, recorded a number of albums as a solo artist including “No Fun Aloud” (1982), “Strange Weather” (1992) and “Solo Collection” (1995).

He also appeared in such movies as “Jerry Maguire” (1996) and the NBC series “Miami Vice.”

The Eagles’ “Hell Freezes Over” tour in 1994 was one of the highest-grossing tours--at more than $250 million--in pop history. The band’s “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” is one of the biggest selling albums in the United States. And the group’s other albums have consistently sold about 1.5 million records annually since 1980.

Dan Aykroyd, who plays Britney Spears’ father in her new movie “Crossroads,” and his wife, actress Donna Dixon, have listed their Hollywood Hills home of about 20 years for sale at $2.5 million or for lease at $19,950 a month.

The couple briefly put the home on the market two years ago, but then changed their minds. The Aykroyds have a home on the East Coast, where they have been spending more time in recent years.

Built in 1951, the Hollywood Hills estate, on nearly an acre behind gates, was also owned at one time by former Beatle Ringo Starr and at another time by the late Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas.

The house has five bedrooms in about 5,000 square feet. The recently refurbished house also has large public rooms, a country kitchen and a large master suite with a separate office and gym. The grounds include lawns and a pool.

“Dan Aykroyd’s Out There,” a half-hour series about the paranormal, has been in the works and is expected to air on the Sci Fi Channel later this year. Aykroyd also was cast as Kathy Bates’ husband in the upcoming movie “Unconditional Love.”

The actor, 49, was an original member of the “Saturday Night Live” cast. He then starred in the classic movies “The Blues Brothers” (1980) and “Ghostbusters” (1984), which he co-wrote, and “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989).

Barry Sloane of Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills, has the listing, sources said.

Greg O'Connor, who wrote music for such movies as “Get Shorty” (1995) and “Reality Bites” (1994), and is in his seventh season as a composer for the series “Mad TV,” has sold his Sunset Strip-area home for just under $1.3 million and bought a larger home in the hills nearby for about $1.9 million.

The house O'Connor sold has a state-of-the-art sound studio, two master suites and city views overlooking a grassy yard and patio.

The house O'Connor bought is a restored Mediterranean, originally built in 1935. It has three bedrooms, a pool and a gated yard. O'Connor is creating a sound studio in his new home.

O'Connor, a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s music school who completed the scoring for motion pictures and television program at USC in 1990, also composes music for the WB’s “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.”

He was an Emmy nominee for a song on the UPN series “Gary and Mike.” O'Connor also has written songs for the band Chicago and commercial jingles for Starbucks, Sunkist and Gatorade.

Richard Klug of Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills, had the listing on the house O'Connor sold and represented O'Connor in buying his new home.

Jason Beghe, best remembered as Demi Moore’s boyfriend in the movie “G.I. Jane” (1997), has purchased a Nichols Canyon home for about $1.2 million.

The actor, who played a state trooper in “Thelma & Louise” (1991), bought a Spanish-style hillside home with three bedrooms in 3,500 square feet. Built in 1995, the home also has vaulted ceilings, a master suite with a spa and a steam shower, and canyon and city views.

Beghe appeared last year in the TV movie “Three Blind Mice” and the TV series “The Beast” and “Kristin.” In 2000, he was in the series “Resurrection Blvd.” In ’99, he was on “Family Law” and “Dharma & Greg.”

Victor Kaminoff and David Gordon of Coldwell Banker, Sunset, had the listing; Victoria Lockwood, Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills, represented Beghe, sources said.

Roxanne Messina Captor, named last year as executive director of the San Francisco International Film Festival, has put her Santa Monica cottage up for sale at $625,000 or for lease at $3,000 a month.

Captor’s two-bedroom, one-bathroom house, built in 1947, has been remodeled and has hardwood floors, new appliances and a pool.

She started out as a ballerina before turning to stage and film, and was Francis Ford Coppola’s production apprentice before she became a producer-director.

The Juilliard Theater School grad also danced in the films “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982) and “Xanadu” (1980).

Adrian Grant at Prudential John Aaroe, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

Rick Haskins, executive vice president of Lifetime Television and author of the book “Brand Yourself: How to Create an Identity for a Brilliant Career” (Ballantine), has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $650,000 and purchased another home nearby for just under $1.7 million.

His new home is gated and has a tennis court, pool and city views.

Ron Thomas of DBL Realtors, Sunset Strip, represented Haskins in buying and selling; Arleen Ruby and Laurence Leviton of Prudential-John Aaroe, Beverly Hills, had the listing on the house Haskins bought.

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