Dan Haggerty

Daniel Francis Haggerty (November 19, 1941[1] [2] – January 15, 2016) was an American actor who is best known playing the title role in the film and television series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.[3][2]

Dan Haggerty
Dan Haggerty at F.I.S.T premier 1978 cropped
Haggerty in 1978
Daniel Francis Haggerty

November 19, 1941
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
or Pound, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedJanuary 15, 2016 (aged 74)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Years active1959–2016
  • Diane Rooker
    (m. 1959; div. 1984)
  • Samantha Haggerty
    (m. 1984; died 2008)

Early life

Haggerty's birthplace is given by some sources as Pound, Wisconsin, or as Los Angeles, California, by others, and his birth year has been alternately reported as 1941 [2][4][5][6] His parents separated when he was 3.[2] Haggerty grew up in a family that owned and operated a small wild animal attraction where he helped raise wild animals, including a black bear that performed tricks. After high school, he pursued an acting career.

Acting career

Haggerty was cast in a small non-speaking role as a bodybuilder in the 1964 film Muscle Beach Party and also as a bodybuilder in Girl Happy. These were followed by appearances in various biker and wildlife films such as Easy Rider, Angels Die Hard, The Adventures of Frontier Fremont, and Terror Out of the Sky.

His experience with animals also brought him work as an animal trainer and handler in films produced by Walt Disney Studios. Additionally, Haggerty also worked as a stuntman on the television series Tarzan, and as set builder on various other projects. He directed white tigers, wolverines, eagles and wild boar in When the North Wind Blows and worked with bears, foxes and hawks in the 1997 film Grizzly Mountain.

Haggerty portrayed the character Grizzly Adams[7] 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 of the same name which ran from 1977 to 1978, and Haggerty became known to movie-goers for his portrayal of nature-loving James Capen "Grizzly" Adams.

Haggerty appeared briefly in David Carradine's film Americana and provided a fighting dog for the production. In the film, he not only played the role of the dog's trainer, but also assisted in set design and the restoration of a broken down carousel, which figured prominently in the film.[8] He assisted in building the motorcycles featured in the film Easy Rider,[9] and had a bit part as a hippie in that film, as well as stunt work and supporting roles in numerous low-budget biker films of the era. He also starred in the 1989 film Spirit of the Eagle.

Haggerty continued to work as both an actor and infomercial spokesman. One of his endorsements was for the Pap-Ion Magnetic Inductor (PAP-IMI), a device alleged to have health benefits. He had only been hired as a spokesperson and was found not to be part of the fraud that later embroiled the manufacturer.[10]

Haggerty played lead roles in the films Repo Jake (1990), Elves (1990), Grizzly Mountain (1995),[11] and Escape to Grizzly Mountain (2000). He was also featured as a character in Al Franken's novel, Why Not Me?.

Haggerty starred in the television film Condominium (1980), which also starred Barbara Eden, Ralph Bellamy and Stuart Whitman. Haggerty played a hydraulics expert trying to warn residents that their Florida condos were about to be demolished in a approaching hurricane. He was also on "Charlie's Angels", season 5 episode 5, called "Waikiki Angels" as "Bo Thompson" that aired January 4, 1981. He guest starred on The Love Boat in 1983 ("World's Greatest Kisser"). He cameoed as an attorney in Terror Night (1987) with John Ireland and Cameron Mitchell, starred in Night Wars (1988) as a Vietnam veteran who is a psychologist dealing with nightmares of his fellow veterans, and appeared in horror films such as Elves and the Linda Blair film The Chilling in 1989. In Big Stan (2007), he played Tubby, and appeared as a lumberjack foreman in Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013). Haggerty has also done several voice-overs and can also be seen in music videos by Hank Williams, Jr. and Rogues of the Empire.

Prior to his death, Haggerty appeared on the U.S. television show American Pickers in its episode "California Kustom", which aired February 25, 2013.

Personal life

Haggerty was married twice. He married Diane Rooker in 1959. They were 17 and had a wedding chapel in Las Vegas called Silver Slipper Hotel. Haggerty and Diane had two daughters, Tracey and Tammy. They divorced in 1984, after which Haggerty married Samantha Hilton.[12] Haggerty and Samantha had two sons named Dylan and Cody and one daughter named Megan. They were married until Samantha's death following a motorcycle accident on August 10, 2008.[12][13]

Haggerty lived on a small ranch in Malibu Canyon with an assortment of wild animals that he had tamed at birth or rescued from injury.[2] In 1977, his beard caught fire from a careless patron carrying a flaming cocktail.[2] Trying to put the flames out, Haggerty received third-degree burns on his arms.[2] Production on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams television series was halted while Haggerty recovered.[14] In 1991, Haggerty was again hospitalized after a motorcycle accident left him in a coma, recovering with no aftereffects.[12]


Haggerty was diagnosed with spinal cancer after undergoing back surgery, when a tumor on his spine was discovered in August 2015.[15][16] He died of spinal cancer on January 15, 2016, in Burbank, California.[17][18]

Selected filmography



  1. ^ "'Grizzly Adams' star Dan Haggerty dies at 74". WFXT (FOX). January 15, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Grimes, William (January 15, 2016). "Dan Haggerty, Who Played Grizzly Adams, Dies at 73". The New York Times. The New York Times Company.
  3. ^ "Dan Haggerty". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Day, Patrick Kevin (Jan 16, 2016). "Dan Haggerty". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. ^ "'Grizzly Adams' star Dan Haggerty dies at 74". WFXT (FOX). January 15, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ Leovy, Jill (January 15, 2016). "Actor Dan Haggerty, TV's 'Grizzly Adams,' dies at 73". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  7. ^ (via Google Books)Barris, George; Fetherston, David (December 16, 2008). Barris Cars of the Stars. MotorBooks International. pp. 78–. ISBN 9780760332221. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Carradine, David. Endless Highway. (1995) Journey Publishing.
  9. ^ "Hollywood Star Walk: Dan Haggerty". Los Angeles Times. June 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "Miracle Machines: The 21st-Century Snake Oil". The Seattle Times. December 26, 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-08-16.
  11. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (1997-10-31). "Grizzly Mountain (1997) Film Review; Time Out to Stop the Bad Guys From Paving a Mountain Paradise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  12. ^ a b c L.A. Gil (January 15, 2016). "Samantha Haggerty Grizzly Adams' Dan Haggerty's wife". Daily Entertainment News. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "Grizzly Adams Star's Wife Dies After Motorbike Tragedy". IMDb. August 21, 2008.
  14. ^ Beebe, Lloyd (2005). Wilderness Trails And A Dream: The Story Behind the Olympic Game Farm, Third Edition. Forks, WA: Olympic Graphic Arts, Inc. p. 161. ISBN 0-615-12878-5.
  15. ^ Access Hollywood Staff (January 15, 2016). "'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies At 74". Access Hollywood. NBCUniversal Television Distribution. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "'Grizzly Adams' Actor Dan Haggerty Dead At 74 After Cancer Fight". Los Angeles, CBS Local. January 15, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  17. ^ Lustig, Jonah; Wilkins, Vanessa (January 15, 2016). "Actor Dan Haggerty Has Died At 74". ABC News. ABC. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  18. ^ Leopold, Todd (January 15, 2016). "Dan Haggerty, 'Grizzly Adams' star, dies at 74". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  19. ^ Abducted (1986) on IMDb

External links

4th People's Choice Awards

The 4th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1977, were held in 1978. They were broadcast on CBS.

Cheyenne Warrior

Cheyenne Warrior is a 1994 American film written by Michael B. Druxman, directed by Mark Griffiths, and stars Kelly Preston, Dan Haggerty and Pato Hoffmann. The film follows the struggle of a widowed, pregnant woman who is stranded at a trading post during the American Civil War.

Condominium (film)

Condominium is a 1980 American two-part, four-hour made-for-television disaster film starring Barbara Eden, Dan Haggerty, Steve Forrest and featuring an all-star supporting cast: Ana Alicia, Richard Anderson, Ralph Bellamy, Larry Bishop, MacDonald Carey, Dane Clark, Linda Cristal, Elinor Donahue, Don Galloway, Pamela Hensley, Arte Johnson, Jack Jones, Dorothy Malone, Mimi Maynard, Lee Paul, Nehemiah Persoff, Nedra Volz, Carlene Watkins and Stuart Whitman. The film is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by John D. MacDonald.Condominium was originally broadcast on HBO on April 6 and 7, 1980, and then broadcast commercially seven months later in syndication on November 20 and 21, 1980 as part of Operation Prime Time, a syndicated block of television programming offered to mostly American independent stations.

Elves (film)

Elves is a 1989 American horror film directed by Jeffrey Mandel and starring Dan Haggerty, Deanna Lund, and Ken Carpenter.


Haggerty is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ancer L. Haggerty (born 1944), American jurist on the U.S. District Court

Ben Haggerty (born 1983), better known by his stage name Macklemore, American rapper and musician

Dan Haggerty (1941-2016), American bodybuilder, animal trainer, and actor

Don Haggerty (1914–1988), American film actor

Frank Haggerty (1876–1962), American college sports coach

Gareth Haggerty (born 1981), British rugby league player

James, Jim, or Jimmy Haggerty, multiple people

Joan Haggerty (born 1940), Canadian novelist

Mike Haggerty (born 1945), American football player

Pat Haggerty (died 1994), American football official in the NFL

Pat Haggerty (born 1944), former member of the Texas House of Representatives from El Paso

Patrick E. Haggerty (born 1914), Texas Instruments co-founder

Ray Haggerty (born 1923), Canadian politician; served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Roy Haggerty (born 1966), Canadian-American scientist; professor and administrator at Oregon State University

Hex (1973 film)

Hex is a 1973 American horror film filmed on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation starring Keith Carradine, Dan Haggerty, Gary Busey, Hillarie Thompson and Christina Raines (billed as Tina Herazo). The film was initially publicized under the title Grass Land. According to Phil Hardy's The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies, Hex "crosses elements of the bike film with those of the post-western and the supernatural tale... The film scarcely succeeds in welding its disparate elements together, but still makes a distinctive, atmospheric impression."

John "Grizzly" Adams

John "Grizzly" Adams (also known as James Capen Adams and Grizzly Adams) (1812–1860) was a famous California mountain man and trainer of grizzly bears and other wild animals he captured for menageries, zoological gardens and circuses.

In the 1970s the motion picture The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams starring Dan Haggerty was released. An NBC TV series of the same name starring Haggerty followed.

Motocross Kids

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Naza (artist)

Naza is Maria Nazareth Maia Rufino McFarren (born 19 April 1955 in Santa Cruz do Piauí, Piauí) is a Brazilian painter, best known for her abstract paintings of officials, celebrities, and endangered species.

She attended elementary school in Santa Cruz do Piauí and Picos, and high school in Fortaleza. She started university in Teresina. In 1976, she moved to Brasilia, where she began painting professionally. The same year she moved to Recife, where she lived for five years. It was here that Naza began developing her style, and made his first solo exhibition. Also in Recife, she had her daughter, Guiomar Rufino Lins e Silva in 1979.

In 1982, started working for the Bank of Brazil and took the job in the city Picos. While living in that city, Naza always traveled to make presentations and painting portraits in Fortaleza, Brazil, Recife, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. In Picos, she met and married Stuart McFarren, an American, and moved to the United States. First they went to Saint Thomas, and then to Dalton, Ohio. From there, she went to live for three years at Fort Kobbe, a U.S. military base in Panama. In Panama she was hired to paint portraits of high society in the country. Among her clients were General Noriega and his family.

It was in Panama at Gorgas Hospital, that her son, Daniel McFarren, was born, in 1987. She moved to Arlington, Virginia, in 1988. The current phase of the artist is the result of research while living in Arlington. The painting "Losing the Fear of Red", was a cornerstone and a major shift in her artistic direction.

In 1990, she moved to Barbados, where she lived a few months. Already separated, she moved with her two children to Fayetteville, North Carolina. There, she spent three years working as an artist, as a teacher of Portuguese to the U.S. Army, and art teacher for Fayetteville Technical Community College.

In 1993, she moved to the city of Boca Raton, Florida, where she opened a studio (Naza Art Studio) at Palmetto Park Road.

She became intensely involved with the local community. She was an active member of several local organizations, including, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Women in Visual Arts, Boca Raton Professional Artists Guild, American Pen Women, Soroptimists International.In 1998, the journalist Suzane Jales wrote and published the book "O Figurativo Abstrato de Naza (Abstracted Realism by Naza).

Naza moved to Deerfield Beach in 2003, and in 2005, began to create clothes and other products inspired by her paintings.

Her art was at the mansion of Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, attended by several celebrities, including Debbie Gibson, David Carradine and Dan Haggerty.

Since December 2007, the artist has lived most of the year in Brazil, where her clothes are being manufactured.In 2013 Kjetil Breien Furuseth opened the first Naza Art & Fashion store, in Porto de Galinhas, Ipojuca, PE, Brazil.

Naza is also a resident of Bthe USA and Brazil, by the year.

Pap-Ion Magnetic Inductor

Pap-Ion Magnetic Inductor (PAP-IMI or Papimi) is an electromagnetic "energy medicine" device manufactured in Athens. It was invented by Panos Pappas, a Greek mathematician and retired professor. Certain studies have linked the device with benefits towards prostate hypertrophy and plant growth.

It has been described as "potentially dangerous" as it may be used in place of valid medical therapies, and "a major health fraud".It is illegal for use in the United States due to lack of Food and Drug Administration approval. Health Canada has issued a recommendation for the public to avoid use of these risky, unlicensed devices, and has ordered the Canada Border Services Agency to seize them upon attempted import into the country. Actor Dan Haggerty has appeared in commercial endorsements for the device, although there is no evidence he was aware of the legal and ethical problems associated with it at the time he agreed to endorse it. Although importation of the device to the US is illegal, a number of machines were imported under fraudulent descriptions.

Pound, Wisconsin

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Puss in Boots (1999 film)

Puss in Boots is an animated direct-to-video movie, created in 1999 by Phil Nibbelink. It is based on the story Puss in Boots.

The film features the voices of Judge Reinhold, Dan Haggerty, Michael York, and Vivian Schilling.

Repo Jake

Repo Jake is a 1990 American action film directed by Joseph Merhi and starring Dan Haggerty, Dana Bentley, Steve Hansbourgh, Paul Hayes, Walter Cox, Steve Wilcox, and Robert Axelrod.

The Adventures of Frontier Fremont

The Adventures of Frontier Fremont (known in the U.K. as Spirit of the Wild) is a 1976 film starring Dan Haggerty.

It was one of the better Sunn Classic Pictures. Fremont (Dan Haggerty), of 19th-century St. Louis, gives up his job as a tinsmith in favor of a life in the mountains. Here he becomes friends with the animals and with other like-minded frontiersmen. Denver Pyle, a veteran Sunn Classics performer, co-stars as "the old mountaineer." The Adventures of Frontier Fremont stars, Haggerty, Pyle and Don Shanks; all three appeared In the TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams and Fremont, just as Adams in the TV series, protects his family, the animals, from those that wish to harm them.

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams is a 1974 independent feature film inspired by a 1972 historical fiction novella written by Charles E. Sellier Jr.. The film's popularity led to an NBC television series of the same name. The title character, played by Dan Haggerty, was loosely based on California mountain man James "Grizzly" Adams (1812-1860).

The film and TV series portrayed the fictional Grizzly Adams as a frontier woodsman who fled into the mountains after he was wrongly accused of murder. While struggling to survive, Adams saves an orphaned grizzly bear cub he adopts and names Ben. The bear, while growing to its huge adult size, becomes Adams' closest companion. Consistently kind and gentle, Adams discovers and demonstrates an uncanny ability to gain the trust of most of the indigenous wildlife of the region, and he helps, sometimes rescues, takes in and tames many species. Originally a hunter, with his learned affection for wildlife Adams resolves never to harm another animal whenever possible. In the television series, Adams had two human friends, an old mountain man trader named "Mad Jack" played by Denver Pyle who was often featured with his mule ("Number Seven"), and a Native American by the name of "Nakoma" played by Don Shanks. Adams, Mad Jack, and Nakoma helped myriad mountain visitors while protecting wildlife at the same time.

NBC aired the series finale on February 21, 1982 by way of a two-hour TV movie called The Capture of Grizzly Adams where a bounty hunter used Adams' daughter, who was not seen or mentioned since the 1974 film, in a kidnap-extortion ploy to lure the fugitive mountain man back to civilization. In the end Adams proves his innocence.

The Tender Warrior

The Tender Warrior is a 1971 film directed by Stewart Raffill and starring Dan Haggerty and Charles Lee. It was Raffill's debut feature as director.

Thom Pace

Thomas Michael Pace (born January 13, 1949 in Boise, Idaho) is an American singer-songwriter, who is best known for the song "Maybe", which became the theme of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

The song started out as a medley titled "Wear The Sun In Your Heart/Maybe." Pace had originally intended the song "Maybe" for the film The Snow Tigers, but ultimately it became the theme song of the Sunn Classic Pictures film and TV series, The Life And Times Of Grizzly Adams, both of which were loosely based on a biography written by Charles E. Sellier. The program starred Dan Haggerty as James Capen Adams, whom the film and series both said had fled from false murder charges into the mountains and forest nearby. The made-for-television film The Capture Of Grizzly Adams, which also starred Haggerty and also featured "Maybe" as its theme, finally showed Adams successfully clearing his name.

Another version, the theme from an album that Pace recorded and released during the 1970s, was released as a single in Europe. "Maybe" went to number one in Germany and stayed there for nine weeks. Pace received the "Goldene Europa" Award, Germany's version of the Grammy Award for Best Song of 1980. The song also reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart and #23 in the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.

He also wrote and composed, often in collaboration with Maria Hegsted, songs for other films including the NBC "Movies of the Week" Vestige Of Honor and Can You Feel Me Dancing, in addition to such feature films as Night Of The Comet and State Park.

Pace remains involved with music, and he now lives in North Idaho.

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