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Fess Parker

Biography

Actor who have starred seeing that TV’s Davy Crockett so when Daniel Boone from 1964-1970. He proved helpful being a radio operator within the Sea Corps during Globe Battle II after getting turned down through the Navy because he was as well tall. He in addition has possessed wineries. Me wedded Marcella Belle Rinehart in 1960 plus they got two kids who subsequently provided him 11 grandchildren. He performed in an bout of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour hosted by Hitchcock himself.

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Full Name Fess Parker
Date Of Birth August 16, 1924
Died March 18, 2010, Santa Ynez, California, United States
Place Of Birth Fort Worth, TX
Height 1.96 m
Profession TV Actor
Education University of Texas at Austin, Hardin–Simmons University, University of Southern California
Nationality American
Spouse Marcella Belle Rinehart
Children Ashley Allen Rinehart, Fess Elisha Parker III
Awards Texas Medal of Arts Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Most Outstanding New Personality, Emmy Award for Best New Personality
Movies Old Yeller, The Great Locomotive Chase, Westward Ho the Wagons!, Hell Is for Heroes, The Light in the Forest, Them!, The Jayhawkers!, The Hangman, Alias Jesse James, Battle Cry, The Kid from Left Field, Smoky, Untamed Frontier, Climb an Angry Mountain, Thunder Over the Plains, Dragonfly Squadron, Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider, American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story, Daniel Boone
TV Shows Daniel Boone, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Davy Crockett
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1Acting mentor and friend of Darby Hinton.
2In order for Buddy Ebsen to offer him dance lessons, he exchanged guitar lessons with Parker.
3Owns and operates a winery: Fess Parker Winery P.O. Box 908 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd. Los Olivos, CA 93441-9999 (800) 841-1104 [1997]
4Attended the funeral of longtime best friend, Buddy Ebsen, when the actor passed away in 2003.
5Best remembered by the public for his starring role as the title character in Daniel Boone (1964).
6Met Buddy Ebsen when the two were under contract at Disney in 1954.
7Was the only actor to appear in every episode of Daniel Boone (1964).
8Interviewed about the beginnings of his career and his "Davy Crockett" experiences in the book "Wild Wild Westerners" by Tom Weaver (BearManor, 2012).
9Fess Parker had eleven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
10Wanted to be cast opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Bus Stop" but could not overcome Walt Disney's disapproval.
11He was a major supporter of the Republican Party and once considered running for the senate in Nevada. He was a close friend of President Ronald Reagan, who in 1985 asked him to become his ambassador to Australia.
12Longtime friend of Ronald Reagan.
13Passed away on his wife's 82nd birthday.
14Appeared as an uncredited extra in Man on a Tightrope (1953). He is seen for a few seconds near the end of the movie as a U.S. GI sitting in a jeep guarding the border.
15Has two children, Fess Elisha III (Fess Parker) and Ashley Allen Rinehart.
16Parker talks about the beginnings of his career and the movie Them! (1954) in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland, 2010) by Tom Weaver.
17Best remembered by the public as Disney's Davy Crockett.
18To one generation of television fans he will always be Davy Crockett. To the next generation he will be the one and only Daniel Boone.
19Song "King of the Wild Frontier" was Number 1 on the "Hit Parade" for 16 weeks. Parker was paid $150. (source: interview with Fess Parker in the SF Chronicle, "Datebook" ("Pink") section, November 12, 2006).
20Walt Disney would not let Parker out of his contract, so he had to turn down a part in The Searchers (1956).
21At the time he was famous in France for his Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone roles, French distributors found they had to rename him - on posters, in TV programmers...etc. - for the French audience/ Public, into "Fier" Parker. One must know that "fesse(s)", in French, means "buttocks, bottom", whereas "fier" means "proud" ; a more becoming name for someone embodying American "Heroes"...
22Retired from Hollywood in 1973; among his successful California businesses are an ocean-front resort in Santa Barbara; a 21-room inn in Los Olivos; and an award-winning winery.
23Discovered by Adolphe Menjou who was a guest artist at the University of Texas while Fess was a student. Menjou helped him with formal introductions when he first got to Hollywood.
24Parker was named a Disney Legend in 1991.
25Played college football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX in the 1940s before transferring to the University of Texas-Austin.
26Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin - BA '50


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fess Parker Show1974TV ShortFess Hamilton
Climb an Angry Mountain1972TV MovieSheriff Elisha Cooper
Daniel Boone1964-1970TV SeriesDaniel Boone
The Red Skelton Hour1970TV SeriesDavy Crockett
Smoky1966Clint Barkley
Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider1966Daniel Boone
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesHerman Sitwell
Destry1964TV SeriesClarence Jones
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1963TV SeriesSheriff Ben Wister
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington1962-1963TV SeriesSen. Eugene Smith / Senator Eugene Smith
Hell Is for Heroes1962Sgt. Pike
Death Valley Days1954-1962TV SeriesReverend Joel Todd / Curt Morrison
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesJonathan West
The Jayhawkers!1959Cam Bleeker
Alias Jesse James1959Davy Crockett (uncredited)
The Hangman1959Sheriff Buck Weston
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV Series
The Light in the Forest1958Del Hardy
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesPvt. Linus Powell
Old Yeller1957Jim Coates
Westward Ho, the Wagons!1956John 'Doc' Grayson
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1954-1956TV SeriesDavy Crockett / John 'Doc' Grayson
The Great Locomotive Chase1956James J. Andrews
City Detective1955TV SeriesTony
Battle Cry1955Pvt. Speedy
The Bounty Hunter1954Wild Cowboy at Finale (uncredited)
My Little Margie1954TV SeriesThe All American
Them!1954Alan Crotty
Annie Oakley1954TV SeriesLes Clinton - The Texas Sandman / Tom Conrad - Newspaper Publisher
Dragonfly Squadron1954Texas Lieutenant (uncredited)
Stories of the Century1954TV SeriesGrat Dalton
Dragnet1954TV SeriesOfficer Harkness
Thunder Over the Plains1953Kirby
Island in the Sky1953Fitch's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
The Kid from Left Field1953McDougal
Take Me to Town1953Long John (uncredited)
Man on a Tightrope1953Checkpoint Soldier (uncredited)
Springfield Rifle1952Jim Randolph (uncredited)
Untamed Frontier1952Clem McCloud
No Room for the Groom1952Cousin Ben (uncredited)
Harvey1950Leslie--Chauffeur (voice, uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Robot2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Disney Family Album1985TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Back to the Future1985performer: "THE BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT" 1954
Daniel Boone1964-1970TV Series performer - 4 episodes
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Westward Ho, the Wagons!1956lyrics: "I'm Lonely My Darlin'" / performer: "The Ballad of John Colter", "Wringle Wrangle"
The Great Locomotive Chase1956performer: "Dixie", "Tenting On The Old Camp Ground", "Pappy Was A Railroad Man", "Roll Jordan Roll", "A Rebel I Will I Be Until I Died"
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentary performer: "Bang! Went Old Betsy"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Daniel Boone1968-1970TV Series 5 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Daniel Boone1968TV Series producer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Old Yeller': Remembering a Classic2002Video documentary short special thanks
A Conversation with Fess Parker2001Video documentary short thanks
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth2001TV Movie documentary grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Daniel Boone from Daniel Boone
James May's Road Trip2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Directed by Norman Foster2006Video documentary shortHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Alamo Mania2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
'Old Yeller': Remembering a Classic2002Video documentary shortHimself
A Conversation with Fess Parker2001Video documentary shortHimself
Disney Through the Decades2001Video documentary shortHost - 1950's
The De la Peña Diary2000Video documentaryHimself
Best Doggone Dog in the West: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Old Yeller'1997Video documentary shortHimself - Host
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Disney Family Album1985TV Series documentaryHimself / Davy Crockett
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood's Talking1973TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Andy Williams Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Today1964-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The London Palladium Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHimself
What's This Song?1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Startime1959TV SeriesHimself
The Juke Box Jury1956-1959TV SeriesHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1954-1957TV SeriesHimself / James J Andrews
The Ed Sullivan Show1956-1957TV SeriesHimself
Disneyland, U.S.A.1956Documentary shortHimself - as Davy Crockett
The George Gobel Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The Tin Pan Alley Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years2005Documentary shortHimself / Davy Crockett (uncredited)
Biography1994TV Series documentaryDavy Crockett in 'Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier'
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah1986Video shortDavy Crockett
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1961-1980TV SeriesJim Coates / Del Hardy / James J. Andrews / ...
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates1956Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier1955Davy Crockett

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986Golden BootGolden Boot Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsMost Outstanding New Personality


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#Quote
1I left the business after 22 years. It was time to leave Hollywood. I came along at a time when I'm starting out with Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Sterling Hayden and Gregory Peck. Who needed a guy running around in a coonskin cap?
2I guess you could call me plain. I don't go in for show. There isn't anything I want too much, except to be a good actor.
3There have been several turning points in my life, but the most important one came the day I stepped before the cameras as Davy Crockett. The way I look at things, a man's life story isn't his alone, but it belongs to a lot of people who have influenced him and done things for him that he can never repay.


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