Haggerty died Friday morning in a Burbank, California, hospital surrounded by his family, said his manager, Terry Bomar.

With his long hair, full beard and 6-foot-1 build, Haggerty seemed born to play Adams, who was based on a 19th-century frontiersman.

Haggerty said he got the job after another actor didn’t work out.

A producer saw him in a movie and asked his secretary – who happened to be Haggerty’s wife – if he was available.

How would you like to be Grizzly Adams?” Haggerty recalled.

Haggerty started his career in beach pictures and biker flicks.

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