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Date of Birth 29 April 1957Long Island, New York, USA
Date of Death 6 October 2003Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA  (bear attack)
Birth NameTimothy Dexter

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Timothy Treadwell was born on April 29, 1957 in Long Island, New York, USA as Timothy Dexter. He is known for his work on Grizzly Man (2005) and Late Show with David Letterman (1993). He died on October 6, 2003 in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.

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A self-proclaimed "eco-warrior," Treadwell became famous for trekking to Alaska's Katmai coast to commune with grizzly bears. He would routinely get up close to the bears to chant "I love you" in a high-pitched, sing-song voice. The mauled and partially-eaten bodies of Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were found near their campsite.
A veteran of 13 summers of camping among the Katmai grizzly bears, Treadwell was co-author of "Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska", made numerous films about grizzlies and other Alaskan wildlife, maintained an extensive web site about grizzlies, and was the subject of documentaries by the Discovery Channel and Dateline NBC. Treadwell said he decided to devote himself to saving grizzlies after a drug overdose, which inspired him to give up drugs, study bears and establish a non-profit bear-appreciation group called Grizzly People.
A video camera captured the sounds of their last moments, indicating that Treadwell was attacked first.
According to his book, Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska, his mission to protect bears began after he survived a near-fatal heroin overdose in the late 1980s. He confesses in his book that his drug addiction grew from his alcoholism, and after that experience, he knew he needed to do something with his life that was meaningful. A lover of all animals since he was a child, he traveled to Alaska to watch bears at the urging of a close friend. He wrote that after his first encounter with a wild bear, he knew he had found his calling in life. He attributed his recovery from drug and alcohol addictions entirely to his relationship with bears.
Auditioned for the role of Woody on ''Cheers (1982-1993)'' and was a final contender but ultimately lost to Woody Harrelson.
His ashes were sprinkled in Katmai National Park near Kaflia Bay.
While at college, he claimed to be an orphan from Australia.

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