Davy Crockett star Fess Parker dead at 85

The actor, who played both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV, made his acting debut in Springfield Rifle in the early 1950s.

He became a Disney favourite later in the decade when he landed the role of frontiersman Crockett in the hit series, which also featured his music hit The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and went on to star in family film favourite Old Yeller.

In the 1960s Parker found TV success as a frontiersman again when he landed the lead in the TV series Daniel Boone – a role he played for six years.

He also produced several episodes of the show.

In 1970, he retired from acting and launched a successful career in real estate.

He returned to TV briefly in 1974 with his own sitcom, The Fess Parker Show but rarely appeared on television after that.