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Dan Haggerty in 1978
November 19, 1941 |
|Years active||1959 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Diane Rooker (1959–1984)
Dan Haggerty (born 19 November 1941) is an American actor.
He is best known as Grizzly Adams in the title role of the 1974 Sunn Classic Pictures feature, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. From this feature film evolved the NBC television series which ran from 1977 to 1978, and Haggerty became known to nature-loving movie-goers for his portrayal of John "Grizzly" Adams.
"Grizzly Adams" was Haggerty's first starring role in a film, followed by the title role of Jacob Fremont in Sun's The Adventures of Frontier Fremont. Haggerty excels in animal pictures because of his natural ability handling many types of animals.
Haggerty began acting as a Siberian Tiger trapper in "When the North Wind Blows" and has accumulated quite a list of screen credits including Grassland, Wild Country, Tender Warrior, Easy Rider, King of the Mountain, Hex, Desperate Women, Terror Out of the Sky, The Other Side of the Mountain, The Chilling, Spirit of the Eagle', and Ordinary Killer.
Haggerty, a former animal trainer, stunt expert and animal handler for a Tarzan feature and the Tarzan (TV series), directed white tigers, wolverines, eagles and wild boar in When the North Wind Blows and worked with bears, foxes and hawks in My Side of the Mountain.
In The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, one of Haggerty's co-stars was a 500-pound grizzly bear named Ben. The real-life Adams and his bear lived in the mid-1800s and accompanied each other through the trials and adventures of the western mountain wilderness.
That, in turn, led to the film, The Capture of Grizzly Adams which stars Haggerty as the legendary mountain man who risks his freedom to return to civilization and prevent authorities from sending his daughter (Sydney Penny) to an orphanage. The world premiere aired on NBC.
Haggerty also starred in the leading role of Condominium, which also stars Barbara Eden, Ralph Bellamy and Stuart Whitman. Haggerty played a hydraulics expert trying to warn residents that their Florida condos are about to be demolished in a forthcoming hurricane. In Abducted, he is a contemporary mountain man bringing a problem son to awareness. Haggerty starred in Nightmares as a Vietnam vet who is a psychologist dealing with nightmares of his fellow veterans. Haggerty co-starred in Harder than Diamonds, The Chilling, and he cameos as an attorney in Terror Night with Alan Hale, Jr. and Aldo Ray. Haggerty has also done several voice-overs and can also be seen in music videos by Hank Williams, Jr. and Rogues of the Empire. Recently, he stars as a detective in An Ordinary Killer.
Currently, Haggerty is working on a new Grizzly Adams-type film and TV series, A Legendary Wind and a book on his life. He also is a celebrity spokesman for Young Adventurers, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps special-needs kids and is producing a TV show about the charities they serve called Be Someone‘s Hero! In 2003 Haggerty launched a "signature series" furniture line marketed worldwide. Haggerty has been the spokesperson for several corporations including Angel Flights SE; Nestea, Ralston Purina, WheatChex and Del Monte Foods. Most of his appearances are for various charities, including orphanages, the Special Olympics, Battered and Abused Children, and Dan Haggerty's Celebrity Ski Fest, Say No To Drugs, held in Snow Valley near Los Angeles.
He recently appeared on the American TV show American Pickers.
- Received his "Star" on Hollywood Blvd. in 1994.
- Awarded the Dove Foundation's "Diamond Seal of Approval" for over 1 million family videos sold.
- Awarded the Harley-Davidson "Humanitarian of the Year" Award in 1986.
- Awarded "The People's Choice Award" for most popular actor in 1980.
- Awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
- Awarded a "Star" in Kanab, Utah - "Hollywood of the West" in 2009
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