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Dan Haggerty in 1978
November 19, 1941 |
Pound, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Years active||1959 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Diane Rooker (1959–1984)
Dan Haggerty (born November 19, 1941) is an American actor.
Haggerty 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 movie-goers for his portrayal of nature-loving James Capen "Grizzly" Adams.
Haggerty's film debut was a non-speaking role as muscle man "Biff" in the 1964 film Muscle Beach Party. His other films included Easy Rider (1969), Angels Die Hard (1970), Tender Warrior (1971), Bury Me an Angel (1972), Hex (1973), Superchick (1973), When the North Wind Blows (1974), The Adventures of Frontier Fremont (1976), Terror Out of the Sky (1978), King of the Mountain (1981), The Chilling (1989), One Man War (1990), Spirit of the Eagle (1991), Grizzly Mountain (1997) and An Ordinary Killer (2003).
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.
Haggerty starred in the TV miniseries Condominium (1980), 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. He also appeared in the horror film Elves (1989). In Abducted, he played a contemporary mountain man bringing a problem son to awareness. Haggerty starred in Night Wars as a Vietnam vet who is a psychologist dealing with nightmares of his fellow veterans. Haggerty co-starred in Harder than Diamonds and The Chilling. He cameoed as an attorney in Terror Night with Alan Hale, Jr. and Aldo Ray. He starred as a detective in An Ordinary Killer (2003). He played a lumberjack foreman in Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013). He has appeared on the American reality TV show American Pickers. In Big Stan (2007), he played Tubby.
- 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