The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams is a 1972 novel by Charles E. Sellier Jr.. There is a 1974 film based on the novel, a two-season NBC television series, and a 1982 TV movie. The title character, played by Dan Haggerty, Also-Denver Pyle as Mad Jack Don Shanks as Nakoma John Bishop as Robbie Cartman Bozo (a grizzly bear) as Ben (named after Benjamin Franklin whom Adams revered as a great man)
Dan Haggerty and Ben, 1977. Grizzly Adams (Haggerty) is a woodsman during the frontier era who flees into the mountains after he is 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's closest companion.