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Birth information

16 August 1924 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Death information

18 March 2010 Santa Ynez, California, USA

Given Name

Fess Elisha Parker Jr.

Nickname

Fessbo

How tall is Fess Parker?

1.97 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Marcella Rinehart

Life Story of Fess Parker

A former college athlete at the University of Texas, Fess studied drama in the early fifties and debuted in Springfield Rifle (1952). He made only a handful of movies until he was signed by Walt Disney to star in the "Davy Crockett" series. When Walt was looking for an actor to play the part of Davy, he screened the sci-fi movie Them! (1954) with James Arness. When he saw Fess in a scene, he chose him over Arness and Fess became an instant celebrity when "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" debuted in 1955. His appeal with children was enormous with the coon-skinned hat, the #1 hit song "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett", The Davy Crockett Bubble Gum Cards and Comic Books. But the craze ended almost as fast as it started in 1956, and Fess was typecast. Fess appeared in other Disney movies dealing with the early years of Davey and also in non-Crockett parts such as Old Yeller (1957). By 1959, unable to achieve the success that he had gained as Crockett, his career had leveled off. He made guest appearances on a number of television shows, but his attempted return to television in the series Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1962) was not successful. Unable to procure the rights to...

Publications and Magazines about Fess Parker

William R. Chemerka Fess Parker: TV's Frontier Hero. 2011

Biographical movies about Fess Parker

A Conversation with Fess Parker 2001

What movies did Fess Parker play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Daniel Boone (1968) ,
Directors Filmography
Daniel Boone (1970) ,
Actors Filmography
The Forsaken Westerns (2018) Charles Marion Russell, The Fess Parker Show (1974) Fess Hamilton, Climb an Angry Mountain (1972) Sheriff Elisha Cooper, Daniel Boone (1970) Daniel Boone, The Red Skelton Hour (1970) Davy Crockett, Smoky (1966) Clint Barkley, Burke's Law (1964) Herman Sitwell, Destry (1964) Clarence Jones, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1963) Sheriff Ben Wister, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1963) Sen. Eugene Smith / Senator...

Birth information

16 August 1924 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Death information

18 March 2010 Santa Ynez, California, USA

Given Name

Fess Elisha Parker Jr.

Nickname

Fessbo

How tall is Fess Parker?

1.97 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Marcella Rinehart

Life Story of Fess Parker

A former college athlete at the University of Texas, Fess studied drama in the early fifties and debuted in Springfield Rifle (1952). He made only a handful of movies until he was signed by Walt Disney to star in the "Davy Crockett" series. When Walt was looking for an actor to play the part of Davy, he screened the sci-fi movie Them! (1954) with James Arness. When he saw Fess in a scene, he chose him over Arness and Fess became an instant celebrity when "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" debuted in 1955. His appeal with children was enormous with the coon-skinned hat, the #1 hit song "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett", The Davy Crockett Bubble Gum Cards and Comic Books. But the craze ended almost as fast as it started in 1956, and Fess was typecast. Fess appeared in other Disney movies dealing with the early years of Davey and also in non-Crockett parts such as Old Yeller (1957). By 1959, unable to achieve the success that he had gained as Crockett, his career had leveled off. He made guest appearances on a number of television shows, but his attempted return to television in the series Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1962) was not successful. Unable to procure the rights to...

Publications and Magazines about Fess Parker

William R. Chemerka Fess Parker: TV's Frontier Hero. 2011

Biographical movies about Fess Parker

A Conversation with Fess Parker 2001

What movies did Fess Parker play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Daniel Boone (1968) ,
Directors Filmography
Daniel Boone (1970) ,
Actors Filmography
The Forsaken Westerns (2018) Charles Marion Russell, The Fess Parker Show (1974) Fess Hamilton, Climb an Angry Mountain (1972) Sheriff Elisha Cooper, Daniel Boone (1970) Daniel Boone, The Red Skelton Hour (1970) Davy Crockett, Smoky (1966) Clint Barkley, Burke's Law (1964) Herman Sitwell, Destry (1964) Clarence Jones, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1963) Sheriff Ben Wister, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1963) Sen. Eugene Smith / Senator...

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Fess Parker in Ein Schuß und 50 Tote (1959)

Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin - BA '50

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Harry Carey Jr., Eddie Firestone, John Lupton, Don Megowan, Fess Parker, Kenneth Tobey, etc.

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Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, and Henry Silva in Der Herrscher von Kansas (1959)

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Clem Bevans and Fess Parker in Davy Crockett und die Flusspiraten (1956)

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