Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
Grizzly Adams is the main character from The Life and Times
of Grizzly Adams, a 1974 film. Produced by Sunn Classic Pictures, the
movie spawned a television series of the same name in 1977. The title
character was loosely based on an actual trapper, James Adams.
Grizzly Adams is a woodsman who fled into the mountains when he was
wrongly accused of murder. While struggling to survive, Adams discovers an
orphaned grizzly bear cub whom he takes in and calls Ben. The bear,
despite his huge adult size, becomes Adams' closest companion. Adams has
an uncanny link to most of the indigenous wildlife of the region, who have
no fear of him. In return, he resolves never to harm another animal
In the television series, Adams has two human companions, an old trader
named Mad Jack and a Native American named Nakoma. Together, they help
various visitors while protecting the wildlife. The series is also notable
for its theme song, "Maybe" by Thom Pace, which is a wistful
ballad about the hope for peace in a land of rugged beauty with bears.
The series concluded with a 1982 TV movie called The Capture of Grizzly
Adams where a bounty hunter used Adams' hitherto unknown daughter to draw
him back to civilization. In the end, Adams proves his innocence.
Dan Haggerty portrayed Grizzly in the initial movie and series, as well
as in the 1982 followup. Two subsequent projects, not well known, starred
other actors in the main role and were not produced by Sunn.