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Timothy Treadwell


Environmentalist who also documented his existence one of the Alaskan bears and worked to market their welfare, until 1 fired up him. He was a discouraged acting professional when in 1989 he previously an epiphany, loaded his hand bags, and spent another 13 years coping with bears. In the center of the assault on him by a new bear his sweetheart fired up the camera, documenting the sound, although lens cap remained on. He was among five children given birth to to Val and Carol Dexter of Long Isle, NY. His tale became the main topic of Werner Herzog’s documentary, Grizzly Man.

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Full Name Timothy Treadwell
Date Of Birth April 29, 1957
Died October 6, 2003, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States
Place Of Birth New York
Profession Activist
Education Bradley University, Connetquot High School
Nationality American
Parents Carol Dexter, Val Dexter
Siblings Vikki Pless
TV Shows The Grizzly Man Diaries
Star Sign Taurus

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1While at college, he claimed to be an orphan from Australia.
2Auditioned for the role of Woody on ''Cheers (1982-1993)'' and was a final contender but ultimately lost to Woody Harrelson.
3According 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.
4A video camera captured the sounds of their last moments, indicating that Treadwell was attacked first.
5A 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.
6A 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.

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The Grizzly Man Diaries2008TV Series documentaryHimself (2008)
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