Terry Bomar. The Life and Times of Dan Haggerty. The Man Who Made Grizzly Adams Famous. “The Preacher, the Pirate, and the Pagan”. New Life, 2013.
The TV show “Grizzly Adams” was inspired by James Cappen “Grizzly” Adams who lived in the 19th century. The TV show was so popular that actor Dan Haggerty was the third more recognizable American, even more recognizable than President Jimmy Carter.
Haggerty appeared in “Marlboro Man” commercials and Western movies. He was imprisoned seven years for counterfeiting and admits was was involved in loan sharking, violent enforcer for a motorcycle gang, grand larceny, grand theft, and drugs. His life would change as an actor. He would appear in a Christian faith film “The Book of Ruth” after “Grizzly Adams”.