‘Grizzly Adams’ Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

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Dan Haggerty, best known for his role in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” died from cancer early Friday morning in Burbank. He was 74.

The actor’s manager, Terry Bomar, confirmed the news to Variety.

His daughter, Megan, was using a crowdfunding site to raise money for his fight against “this bear known as cancer,” and had accumulated about $10,500 of the $100,000 goal.

Haggerty played outdoorsman James Capen “Grizzly” Adams, who befriends a bear he raises as a cub, in the 1974 surprise box office hit “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” and the TV series of the same name, which aired on NBC from 1977 to 1978. He later played Adams in another film (1981) and in a 1982 telefilm

He also had small roles on other TV shows, including “Charlie’s Angels” in 1981 and “The Love Boat” in 1983.

Haggerty was arrested in 1985 after selling cocaine to two undercover police officers. His career was further derailed following a 1993 motorcycle accident that almost claimed his life. He returned to his iconic role four years and 18 operations later in “Grizzly Mountain” and its 2000 sequel.

Haggerty most recently appeared in 2013 films “Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan” and “Dead in 5 Heartbeats.”

Aside from Megan, Haggerty’s survivors include his other children, Dylan, Cody, Tracey and Don. A public service will be held in his honor at a yet-to-be-determined date.

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  1. You could tell the man Dan Haggerty was a good man within the character Grizzly Adams, a man who represented good old American ruggedness. He was a man.

    May God have mercy on his soul, and bring him to everlasting light. Amen.

  2. David Reeves says:

    Because of Dan,s tv series grizzly adams i have grown up to love the outdoors,wilderness and the animals i even had the honor and privilege to meet gentle Ben and grizzly adams raccoon i will deeply miss you Grizzly adams a utah true legend and america’s greatest mountain man. David Reeves

  3. Noel ONeill says:

    yes I remember him as a symbol of freedom and everything it represented when Grizzly Adams came on in the early days. I think we all wished we could be Grizzly Adams. I only wish him to rest in peace now and sympathies to his family.

  4. Emilia Bodi says:

    Sad news. I loved that show so much when I was a kid. May he rest in peace.

  5. Jayne says:

    Dan never forgot to be the nicest person in the room. May he rest in peace until we see him again. I’ve never wanted a big o’ warm hug more than I do right now. Godspeed, big man. xoxox

  6. Grizzly Adams was a show we never missed. Despite unfortunate controversies and this fatal scourge of cancer, Dan Haggerty was a giant in more ways than the merely physical. He will be missed, this outdoorsman and nature enthusiast and lover of wildlife. Rest in Peace.

  7. Brenda Hawkins says:

    Prayers goes out to the family and friends of such a good actor. I enjoyed watching it as a child and I would still watch any reruns that might run now.

  8. ooonaughtykitty says:

    I loved that show when I was a kid. :( RIP Dan Haggerty. Say HEY, to David Bowie, and Alan Rickman.

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