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Fess Parker

Fess Parker

(1924 – 2010)

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Fess Parker

Fess Parker
(1924 – 2010)

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Fess Parker

(1924 – 2010)
About Fess
This is a tribute to Fess Parker. Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his 1950s portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and his late 1960s portrayals of Daniel Boone. He was also known as a wine maker and resort owner-operator.
Fess Parker was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up on a small farm outside San Angelo. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II. He joined to become a pilot, but was turned down for being too tall at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) to fill such a position.
After being discharged, he was stabbed in the chin by a drunken driver during a post-collision argument. Fess Parker required many months of rehabilitation, and
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was unable to participate in sports to the extent he desired.
Fess Parker graduated from the University of Texas on the G.I. Bill in 1950 with a history degree. Still having a year left on his G.I. Bill he then moved to California, where he studied drama at the University of Southern California seeking a master's degree in theater history. However minor acting jobs soon obstructed that objective.
Fess Parker began his show-business career by summer 1951 when he had a $32-a-week job as an extra in the play Mister Roberts, although he is credited with the voice of Leslie, the chauffeur, in the 1950 film Harvey. Within months, he was on location with a minor part in Untamed Frontier with Joseph Cotten and
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Shelley Winters.
Fess Parker became a contract player with Warner Brothers appearing in small roles in several films such as Springfield Rifle (1952), Island in the Sky, The Bounty Hunter and Battle Cry. In 1954, he appeared as Grat Dalton in the Jim Davis western anthology Stories of the Century in the episode The Dalton Brothers.
There is an interesting story from Fess Parker himself. When the Walt Disney Company was looking for an actor to play Davy Crockett, they originally considered James Arness for the title role. Fess Parker had recently graduated to a contract weekly actor, but listened to his agent, so he appeared instead in a B movie called Them!, that required only one day's work. He had a
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small scene in the movie, that of a pilot put into an insane asylum after claiming his plane had been downed by giant flying insects. Arness appeared in a larger role in the same film.
It was during a screening of this film that Walt Disney looked past Arness and discovered Fess Parker. Disney was impressed by Fess Parker's portrayal of a man who was unswerving in his belief in what he saw despite the forces of authority against him. Fess Parker was asked to drop by the Disney Studio. When he did, he brought his guitar, met Walt, sang a song, and then said his goodbye. A couple of weeks later he was told that he had been selected over Arness and several other actors considered for the role, including Buddy
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Ebsen who eventually played Crockett's friend, George Russell.
Disney's portrayal of Crockett in three episodes depicted his exploits as frontiersman, congressman, and tragic hero of the Alamo, in what has been called the first television miniseries though the term had not yet been coined. Davy Crockett was a tremendous hit with children, and led to a merchandising frenzy for coonskin caps and all things Crockett.
Fess Parker became a contract star for Disney appearing in many films such as The Great Locomotive Chase, Old Yeller, and Westward Ho, The Wagons! but complained they were all pretty much the same role. Disney refused to loan out Parker for roles outside of that persona, such as The Searchers
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and Bus Stop.
Fess Parker passed away at the age of 85, of natural causes, March 18th 2010. This is a memorial dedicated to his life and his career.
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On 19th Mar 2010
Star Twine
wrote:
My dear friend Fess, you were the kindest man I have ever known in my life. You were a true man in every sense of the word. I Loved you and Marcy both so much. To be around you was magical, just to see the love and respect between you, I never wanted to leave! My heart is with Marcy, Eli, and Ashley at this time. Farewell for now my friend, with much love. Star
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Fess Parker

This is a tribute to Fess Parker. Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his 1950s portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and his late 1960s portrayals of Daniel Boone. He was also known as a wine maker and resort owner-operator.
Fess Parker was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up on a small farm outside San Angelo. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II. He joined to become a pilot, but was turned down for being too tall at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) to fill such a position.
After being discharged, he was stabbed in the chin by a drunken driver during a post-collision argument. Fess Parker required many months of rehabilitation, and...

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