Monday, January 18, 2016

11 Things You Didn’t Know About the Man Behind Grizzly Adams

11 Things About Dan Haggerty
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While many were saddened by the news this week that actor Dan Haggerty died this week, many others were wondering “who is Dan Haggerty?” and to tell them that he was the man who acted in the TV series, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, didn’t help much. However, the man was a lot more than a big friendly man with a beard.

He Wasn’t Born in Hollywood
While everyone gets the date of his birthday correct (November 19, 1941) some sources will claim that Haggerty was born Daniel Francis Haggerty and grew up in Hollywood. However, more agree, including IMDB, that Haggerty was actually born Gene Jajonkski and grew up Pound, Wisconsin.

He Was a Lover of Animals
One the best things about The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams was that the hero was friend to many animals and they in turn respected him. This wasn’t far from his real life. His family once owned and operated a wildlife attraction where he helped in raising wild animals. He even taught a black bear to do tricks for the audiences that came by. Years later in Hollywood, Haggerty served as animal trainer for Walt Disney Studios working on films such as Lt. Robin Crusoe (1966) and Monkeys, Go Home (1967).

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