This Day in Texas History: Fess Parker Dies

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This Day in Texas History: Fess Parker Dies

This Day in Texas History:

Fess Parker Dies

March 19, 2010

Fess ParkerOn this day in 2010, Fess Parker, who portrayed both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, died at the age of 85.

Parker, born August 16, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas, was tapped to play the part of Davy Crockett by Walt Disney in 1954, which catapulted him into the national limelight. He had numerous roles in both film and plays prior to being discovered by Disney.

His film credits include the voice of Leslie the chauffeur in Harvey, Them!, Springfield Rifle, Island in the Sky, The Bounty Hunter, Battle Cry, Old Yeller, The Searchers with John Wayne and Bus Stop with Marilyn Monroe.

After his acting career, Parker devoted a great deal of time to operating the Fess Parker Family Winery and Vineyards in Los Olivos, California. The location includes over 1,500 acres of vineyards, a tasting room and visitor center where they are known for selling the coon skin hats Parker made famous in the 50s.

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