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TV Entertainers Who Passed Away in 2016

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We lost some beloved people during 2016.

All we can do now is honor their memories, remember what they brought to us through their talent and allow them to live on forever through their wonderful work.

1. In Memorium To all of the people who have entertained us on television throughout the years and ended their struggle this year, we honor you. 2. Pat Harrington, Jr. August 13, 1929 - January 6, 2016. Harrington is forever in our hearts as Schneider, the handyman from the apartment building on One Day at a Time from 1977-80, despite the fact his career was more far-reaching than that. 3. David Bowie January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016. Bowie starred in movies such as Labyrinth and The Hunger, as well as TV shows Dream On and The Hunger, but it was his musical library that brought to live many scenes in both movies and on TV that will continue to remind us every day of Bowie's many talents.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Boogens (1981)

Cynicism isn’t hard to come by in the horror genre; any Italian cannibal or home invasion flick will satiate your desire for an outlook on man’s worst transgressions. Conversely, it’s even harder to find a film with such a buoyant feel that is at odds with the terror on display. Well, folks, may I present to you The Boogens (1981), an endearing charmer of a subterranean monster movie. By the time it’s over, you may want to give it a big old hug.

Released by Jensen Farley Pictures in September (with Paramount buying up the TV rights) on a budget of $600,000 Us, The Boogens did nothing to impress critics. However, a certain Stephen King loved the hell out of it, and his praise would grace the advertising as it did with his accolades of The Evil Dead (1981). (A King blurb held a lot of truck in those days.
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Christopher Lombardo Celebrates Canada Day with 3 Backwoods Canadian Horror Films

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[Guest author Christopher Lombardo of Really Awful Movies celebrates Canada Day by looking back at three backwoods Canadian horror films.] In the ’70s, Canadian tax loopholes spurred growth in domestic horror films, providing a more reliable low-cost means of recouping one’s investment in a frequently fickle business. A few, like Martin Scorsese’s favorite The Changeling, were critical darlings, while the bulk of them were regarded as cheap government-funded trash. A prominent Canadian critic famously called Cronenberg’s Shivers “an atrocity, a disgrace to everyone connected with it” in a jeremiad titled “You Should Know How Bad This Film Is. After All, You Paid for It.”

Luckily, for those of us invested in such things artistically if not financially (unless you count our tax dollars), we got gems such as Happy Birthday to Me, My Bloody Valentine, Black Christmas (1974), and many others.

The “tax shelter” era, in addition to straight-ahead slashers, also gave us lesser-known films that exposed class divisions—punishing urban interlopers who lacked the necessary survival skills to thrive in the wilderness.
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Dan Haggerty obituary

American actor who starred as the bushy-bearded, animal-loving woodsman in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The bushy-bearded, burly actor Dan Haggerty, who has died from cancer of the spine aged 73, went from working on films as an animal trainer and stunt performer to starring as the gentle frontier woodsman in the popular 1970s television series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.

In the sentimental, wholesome programme, he played James Capen Adams, who leaves his home and family, and flees to the Rocky Mountains after wrongly being accused of a murder. Struggling to survive in a cabin in the wilderness, the woodsman befriends an orphaned grizzly bear he names Ben, after Benjamin Franklin, and other “critters” – raccoons, owls, deer, rabbits, hawks, badgers and cougars. His solitary existence is relieved by occasional visits from the old trader Mad Jack (Denver Pyle) and Nakoma (Don Shanks), a Native American who watches over him.
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Dan Haggerty, Star Of "Grizzly Adams", Dead At Age 74

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Dan Haggerty, who found fame as Grizzly Adams, has died from cancer at age 74. Adams had been playing bit parts in films until he was cast as the title character in "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", a 1974 low budget family film that went on to gross the (then) sizable sum of $45 million. The show was spun off as an NBC TV series a few years later. It lasted two seasons but made Haggerty synonymous with the role of a character who was loosely based on a real-life adventurer. Adams was a mountain man who encountered larger-than-life adventures. Although Haggerty continued to work fairly steadily in the ensuing years, he was relegated largely to low-budget and straight-to-video projects. Nevertheless, his name and that of Grizzly Adams remain pop culture icons of the 1970s. Click here for more.  
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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

Dan Haggerty, who brought to life the titular frontiersman in the 1974 film and subsequent TV series "Grizzly Adams," died after battling cancer at the age of 74.

In "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," Haggerty's woodsman flees into the wilderness to escape a wrongful murder charge. He befriends and cares for a bear cub, who remains Grizzly's best friend, even after maturing into full size.

Before starring in the show, Haggerty worked as an animal handler and stuntman in Hollywood. He guest starred in shows including "CHiPs," "Charlie's Angels," and "The Love Boat." His last movie credit was a cameo in the 2013 movie "Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan."

Haggerty suffered from cancer of the spine, which was discovered by doctors during surgery for back pain. He is survived by five children.

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Dan Haggerty, 'Grizzly Adams' Star, Dead at 74

Dan Haggerty, 'Grizzly Adams' Star, Dead at 74
Dan Haggerty, best known for playing mountain man Grizzly Adams in both a TV series and on film, died Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 74. The actor's manager, Terry Bomar, confirmed his passing to ABC News.

Haggerty first starred as James Capen "Grizzly" Adams in the 1974 film The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which was based on the life of a real outdoorsman and grizzly bear trainer who resided in California in the 1800s. The movie finds the protagonist heading into the mountains and bonding with animals
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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Passes Away at 74

'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Passes Away at 74
It's been a rough week for the entertainment industry, with several beloved icons passing away in just a few short days, such as Angus Scrimm, David Bowie, David Margulies and, just yesterday, Alan Rickman. Today, ABC News has confirmed the passing of another beloved entertainer, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty, who passed away early this morning at the age of 74. The actor's manager confirmed his client's passing, after a long battle with cancer.

Dan Haggerty was born Gene Jajonski on November 19, 1941, in Pound, Wisconsin, raised by a family who ran a wildlife animal attraction. During his childhood, he helped raise wild animals such as a black bear that performed tricks, before moving to Southern California to pursue acting. While pursuing his acting career, he was also a bodybuilder on Muscle Beach in Venice, California, which lead to his first film role in 1964's Muscle Beach Party.
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Dan Haggerty, ‘Grizzly Adams’ Star, Dies at 74

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Dan Haggerty, ‘Grizzly Adams’ Star, Dies at 74
Dan Haggerty, the famous ’70s actor who played Grizzly Adams in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” died Friday morning of cancer, a rep for Haggerty told TheWrap. He was 74. Doctors discovered the cancer after Haggerty had surgery for back pain. “All the awards pale in comparison to his huge laugh and wonderful sense of humor that made everyone laugh with him,” his manager Terry Bomar said in a statement to TheWrap. “He would light up any room he entered. He loved life, loved his family, loved his friends and fans. The last words I heard him say were.
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‘Grizzly Adams’ Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

‘Grizzly Adams’ Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74
Dan Haggerty, best known for his role in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” died from cancer early Friday morning in Burbank. He was 74.

The actor’s manager, Terry Bomar, confirmed the news to Variety.

His daughter, Megan, was using a crowdfunding site to raise money for his fight against “this bear known as cancer,” and had accumulated about $10,500 of the $100,000 goal.

Haggerty played outdoorsman James Capen “Grizzly” Adams, who befriends a bear he raises as a cub, in the 1974 surprise box office hit “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” and the TV series of the same name, which aired on NBC from 1977 to 1978. He later played Adams in another film (1981) and in a 1982 telefilm

He also had small roles on other TV shows, including “Charlie’s Angels” in 1981 and “The Love Boat” in 1983.

Haggerty was arrested in 1985 after selling cocaine to two undercover police officers. His career
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Grizzly Adams' Dan Haggerty Dead at 74

Grizzly Adams' Dan Haggerty Dead at 74
Dan Haggerty, best known for playing the title role in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, has died. He was 74.

Per TMZ, the actor had been battling cancer for several months.

Haggerty played James “Grizzly” Adams, a mountain man whose best friend was a bear he raised from a cub, in the short-lived NBC series, which aired in the late 1970s.

He guest-starred on ChiPs and Charlie’s Angels, in addition to other film roles and voiceover work. Haggerty also appeared in the series-related movies Grizzly Mountain and Escape to Grizzly Mountain.

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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty has died. Haggerty lost his battle to cancer Friday morning at age 74, People confirms.Haggery's rep and friend of 20 years Terry Bomar told People Haggerty was diagnosed with cancer in his spine in August after experiencing back pain in July. "He fought hard," Bomar said. "He had a great Thanksgiving, he had a great Christmas with his family." Bomar added that Haggerty was visited by his close friends and family in the hospital in his final days. On the NBC series, the actor played Grizzly Adams, a mountain man who
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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty has died. Haggerty lost his battle to cancer Friday morning at age 74, People confirms.Haggery's rep and friend of 20 years Terry Bomar told People Haggerty was diagnosed with cancer in his spine in August after experiencing back pain in July. "He fought hard," Bomar said. "He had a great Thanksgiving, he had a great Christmas with his family." Bomar added that Haggerty was visited by his close friends and family in the hospital in his final days. On the NBC series, the actor played Grizzly Adams, a mountain man who
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'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

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Famous '70s TV star Dan Haggerty -- who played Grizzly Adams -- died from cancer early Friday morning ... TMZ has learned.  Haggerty died after battling cancer for the last few months. Sources close to Dan's family tell us doctors discovered the cancer after he had surgery for back pain.  Haggerty starred in the 1977 hit TV show "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" as the lovable mountain man whose Bff was a grizzly bear.
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Grizzly Adams: Agency Reps Franchise for Development

First there was the 1974 feature film, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, starring Dan Haggerty as Bostonian turned mountain-man James "Grizzly" Adams, with Don Shanks as Nakoma. James Adams is loosely based on real-life conservationist, John Capen Adams. NBC adapted the successful film as a TV series, also starring Haggerty and Shanks, with the addition of Denver Pyle as Mad Jack. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams ran on NBC from 1977 to 1978, until it was cancelled. In 1982, NBC brought fans closure with a two-hour TV movie -- featuring the series cast -- The Capture of Grizzly Adams.

Deadline reports that Abrams Artists Agency now represents all licensing, publishing, TV, film, and multimedia rights for the Grizzly Adams franchise. Continue on for more details. Read More…
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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Promises Double Features, Vintage Trailers, Tarantino Films & No Digital. Ever.

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Promises Double Features, Vintage Trailers, Tarantino Films & No Digital. Ever.
Quentin Tarantino’s passion for the New Beverly Cinema began when he was just another kid showing up for the nightly double feature. It grew when he found success as a filmmaker and began to subsidize owner Sherman Torgan to the tune of $5,000 per month to keep the place open. Ultimately Tarantino bought the building and now he’s taking over the whole theater from Torgan’s son Michael. Tarantino has grand plans to curate a program of films he is confident will please fellow cinefiles and give him an excuse to showcase his voluminous collection of film prints and trailers.

His first move: Jettisoning the digital projector that Michael installed. When the L.A. institution reopens in October after three months of renovations and a thorough cleaning of the onetime porno palace, the New Beverly will have a unique mission: All 35mm prints, all the time. “The big thing
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Grizzly Adams Star's Wife Dies After Motorbike Tragedy

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Grizzly Adams Star's Wife Dies After Motorbike Tragedy
Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty had to pull the plug on his wife's life support system after medics told him she "was gone" after a freak motorbike accident left her with extensive brain stem damage and massive internal bleeding.

The actor was golfing in Florida on 10 August when he heard of the tragedy from his pregnant daughter, and flew home to Los Angeles to be with Samantha, his wife of over 20 years, and their family.

She had been riding back from a dinner date without a helmet when she hit a deer and was thrown from her bike, according to American publication the Globe.

The 53-year-old was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles but medics insisted nothing could be done for her.

Haggerty tells the tabloid, "The doctors told me the bad news. The Sam we loved was gone. They were keeping a fragile shell of her alive.

"It was the hardest, most heartbreaking decision I've ever had to make, to tell the doctors to let my beautiful Sam slip away into her long sleep. I wept like a child."

And Haggerty, who himself spent days in a coma after a bike accident in 1991, fears his wife's death will overshadow the birth of his daughter Megan's son - his first grandchild.

He adds, "I know he'll look like his grandmother and that will probably break my sore heart all over again."

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