The actor, who played both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV, passed away of natural causes, aged 85.
Schwarzenegger was devastated to hear the sad news – because Parker was “inspirational” to him from a young age.
He tells ETOnline.com, “Fess Parker has been a role model and idol of mine since I first saw him on the big screen – he is a true Hollywood legend. As a talented actor and successful businessman, he was an inspirational Californian whose contributions to our state will be remembered forever.
“As we reflect back on a life lived to its fullest, (wife) Maria (Shriver) and I send our thoughts and prayers to Fess’ family, friends and loved ones.”