Timothy Treadwell, the Grizzly Man who spent 13 summers living with the bears, was part activist, part actor, and mostly mystery. His dreams of Hollywood stardom never panned out, but you could argue that his life story is something straight out of a movie. Actually, he's been the subject of a few documentaries, the most famous being Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man.
Treadwell's personal life was almost as much of a spectacle as his life onscreen. Once a record-setting underwater diver, he reinvented himself many times. Along the way, he picked up some alter egos, including that of an Englishman raised in an orphanage. Because of this and his dubious motivations for protecting the bears, some have questioned if Treadwell was more con-artist than “eco-warrior."
Who was the real Timothy Treadwell? Unfortunately, there will never be a definitive answer. In October 2003, he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard became the first people in Alaska's Katmai National Park to be mauled to death by bears.