Charles Sellier, creator of the novel and television series “The Life and Time of Grizzly Adams” and a producer of Christian films, died unexpectedly in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, on Monday, Jan. 31. He was 67.
Sellier produced “In Search of Noah’s Ark,” “Mark Twain’s America” and dozens of other family-friendly films and TV shows, many with religious themes.
But he was best known for creating mountain man Grizzly Adams, played by Dan Haggerty in the NBC series that ran for two seasons from 1977-78. The character, whom Sellier introduced in 1972 novel “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” was loosely based on an actual 19th century trapper. A 1974 film of the same name was also based on Sellier’s book.
The “Grizzly Adams” series was a production of Park City-Utah-based Sunn Classic Pictures, founded by Sellier, and Sellier wrote many episodes of the show.
Haggerty also starred in 1982 telepic “The Capture of Grizzly Adams,” while other actors portrayed the characters in later TV movies.
At the time of his death, Sellier was prexy-CEO of Grizzly Adams Prods., which produces and markets family-oriented and faith based films, TV series and documentaries.
Sellier personally wrote and produced more than 30 feature films and 230 TV shows during a four-decade career, and 11 of his theatrical pics are among the 100 top-grossing independent films, with six of those releases ranked in the top 25, the company said.
Sellier had recently entered into a agreement with San Diego’s Passmorelab to convert 500 library titles to 3D for 3D TV broadcasting and Blu-ray 3D DVD distribution.
Sellier was a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the WGA and a the National Religious Broadcasters Assn.
In 1980, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on a children’s show “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
The family requests that Sellier’s life be remembered through donations to his passion, the ABC Foodbank. Contributions can be mailed in care of Grizzly Adams Productions P.O. Box 298, Baker City, OR 97814.