Fess Parker

Actor, Singer, Real estate developer
With his lanky frame, humble demeanor and ruggedly boyish face, actor Fess Parker was for many Americans the personification of pioneer myths, thanks to his famous film and television portrayals of Davy Crockett and ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1924 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Fess Parker Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Is For Heroes 1961 (Movie)

Sergeant Pike (Actor)

Alias Jesse James 1958 (Movie)

Davy Crockett (Actor)

The Hangman 1958 (Movie)

Sheriff Buck Weston (Actor)

The Jayhawkers 1958 (Movie)

Cam Bleeker (Actor)

The Light in the Forest 1958 (Movie)

Del Hardy (Actor)

Old Yeller 1957 (Movie)

Jim Coates (Actor)

The Great Locomotive Chase 1956 (Movie)

James J Andrews (Actor)

Westward Ho the Wagons! 1956 (Movie)

John "Doc" Grayson (Actor)

Battle Cry 1955 (Movie)

Speedy (Actor)

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates 1955 (Movie)

Davy Crockett (Actor)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955 (Movie)

Davy Crockett (Actor)

My Little Margie 1951 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Them 1954 (Movie)

Crotty (Actor)

Climb an Angry Mountain (TV Show)

Actor

Daniel Boone (TV Show)

Actor

Davy Crockett (TV Show)

Actor

No Room for the Groom (Movie)

Cousin Ben (Actor)

Smoky (Movie)

Clint (Actor)

Springfield Rifle (Movie)

Jim Randolph (Actor)

Untamed Frontier (Movie)

Clem McCloud (Actor)
Music (1)

Westward Ho the Wagons! 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Biography

With his lanky frame, humble demeanor and ruggedly boyish face, actor Fess Parker was for many Americans the personification of pioneer myths, thanks to his famous film and television portrayals of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Originally a dependable contract player for Warner Bros., Parker was discovered by Disney Studios and starred in the three-part miniseries, "Davy Crockett" (ABC, 1954-55), which became a huge hit with children. Two film roles as the rugged frontiersman followed in 1955-56 before playing the title role in the iconic series, "Daniel Boone" (NBC, 1964-1970), which forever cemented Parker's Hollywood legacy.

Relationships

Fess Parker

Son

Marcella Rinehart

Wife
Married from January 18, 1960 until his death on March 18, 2010

Ashley Rinehart

Daughter

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

University of Texas

Austin , Texas 1960

Milestones

1974

Final film or TV appearance was the unaired pilot of "The Fess Parker Show"

1972

Made TV-movie debut in "Climb an Angry Mountain"

1964

Played the title role in the NBC series, "Daniel Boone"

1962

Starred in the TV version of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (ABC)

1957

Played the father in the Disney classic, "Old Yeller"

1956

Starred as John 'Doc' Grayson in film, "Westward Ho the Wagons!"

1956

Reprised film role of Doc Grayson' in the TV version, aired as part of "Walt Disney" on ABC

1954

Played the title role in a series of Disney programs, "The Adventures of Davy Crockett" (ABC)

1954

Discovered by Walt Disney while acting in the B movie, "Them!"

1952

Made feature film debut in "Untamed Frontier"

1952

Had a small role in the western, "Springfield Rifle," starring Gary Cooper

1951

Made stage debut in the national company of "Mister Roberts"

1950

Credited as the voice of Leslie, the chauffeur, in the film "Harvey"

Served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II

Bonus Trivia

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After being discharged from the Marie Corps, Parker was stabbed in the chin by a drunken driver during a post-collision argument. Parker required many months of rehabilitation.

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After his acting career, Parker dedicated his time to operating the Fess Parker Family Winery and Vineyards in Los Olivos, CA. The winery is owned and operated by Parker's family, and has produced several different types of award-winning wines.

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