Actor Dan Haggerty Has Died at 74

PHOTO: Pictured in this undated photo is Bozo the Bear as Ben and Dan Haggerty as James Grizzly Adams in the TV show "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" in the episode, "A Bears Life." Frank Carroll/Getty Images
Pictured in this undated photo is Bozo the Bear as Ben and Dan Haggerty as James 'Grizzly' Adams in the TV show "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" in the episode, "A Bear's Life."

Dan Haggerty, who fans know as Grizzly Adams, died early Friday morning at the age of 74 from cancer, ABC News has confirmed with the actor's manager Terry Bomar.

Haggerty starred as Grizzly Adams in the 1974 film "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" and the subsequent TV series of the same name, which ran from 1977 to 1978.

"Dan Haggerty, a beloved Father and friend, has died at 4:30 this morning at St Joseph Hospital in Burbank, CA, surrounded by his family that loved him. He had fought a long hard battle with cancer of the spine that was discovered in August of this year," Bomar wrote in a press release.

He continued, "All the awards pale in comparison to his huge laugh and wonderful sense of humor that made everyone laugh with him. He would light up any room he entered. He loved life, loved his family, loved his friends and fans."

The actor, who was originally from Wisconsin, then went on to appear in several films and TV shows, including "Charlie's Angels" in 1981 and "The Love Boat" in 1983.

Some of Haggerty's most recent projects included an appearance in "Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan" and "Dead in 5 Heartbeats," both released in 2013.