Skip to comments.'Davy Crockett' Star Fess Parker Dies
Posted on 03/18/2010 12:26:36 PM PDT by Borges
Fess Parker -- who played Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone -- has died of natural causes ... a rep confirms with TMZ.
Parker -- who also starred in "Old Yeller" -- owned the DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara and the Wine Country Inn & Spa in Los Olivos, CA.
Parker married Marcella Rinehart in 1960. They had two kids.
He was 85.
Wonder if he was related to Uncle Fess(ter)?
I always wondered why he wanted to kill a “bar”. (I know, just kidding!)
Farewell, and rest in peace.
Old Yeller would make any American kid cry. The Yearling, too.
The Great Locomotive chase was one of my favorite books and movies growing up. I wonder if its available on DVD.
Here ya go...
Not in Texas, where our state board of education is insisting on keeping him in the textbooks, despite a few who would like to replace him with Che Gueverra.
And our kids study Texas history, where they get even more Davy, two different years.
And I guess someone should repost Davy Crocketts words, considering what is happening in Congress as we speak:
“I bark at no man’s bid. I will never come and go, and fetch and carry, at the whistle of the great man in the White House no matter who he is.”
Well, the person in the White House today is hardly a “great man” (more like a insignificant little punk), but some congress persons in his party need to read Davy’s words...
I had the record, the cap and my own version of "Old Betsy". It's awe inspiring to see a rifle he, the real Davey Crocket, actually owned on display inside the chapel at the Alamo.
Approaching 200 posts-I’ll say. My love of Indian moccassins and fringed, buckskins coats can be traced to American icons like Davey Crockett, Dan’l Boone and Fess Parker
Never missed ‘Daniel Boone’ when I was a young boy. ‘Rebecca’ was the perfect gal, (until I first viewed The Donna Reed Show).
$11.99 NEW on Amazon..
Thank you, Mr. Parker. RIP
I don’t know that person. Never heard the name before and I doubt it’s someone that a large percentage of people have.
I don’t discount his/her death, but I don’t think it’s a big enough name to count for the three.
Aw gee . . . Rest In Peace, Sir.
Clint Walker ( Cheyenne - and another good guy off screen as well ) was in the Dirty Dozen. Everybody’s getting the big guys confused.
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The Box Tops are known for “The Letter” (”send me a ticket for an airplane...”)
“#1 Record” by Big Star contains In the Street, it was the the theme of “That 70s show”.
Albert Salmi was a strange case, no previous record or anything, an acting coach. Aaccording to the daughter the wife was dying and the two of them spent the last week of their lives drinking and perhaps sharing her prescription meds. Possible mercy killing, but obviously fueled by the junk they had consumed during that week. The daughter said she knew they were acting strange, but did not think they had gone that far over the edge. I feel odd even discussing this on a thread about Mr. Parker as he was so NOT like that.
My parents bought me a replica of Betsy when I was 5, it shot corks. I still have it, although I have to keep it out of sight as it seems to “scare” some people.(Of a certain political persuasion.)
If you are really interested in Danial Boone era American history I strongly recommend a book called “The Frontiersman” by Alan Eckert. It is a biography of Simon Kenton a contemporary of Boone who actually ran with him a bit. (save his life twice, in fact) He was the quintessential frontiersman and his life was literally a thrill a minute. The book reads like an Indiana Jones movie, non stop adventure and every line in the book is true. The book is labeled historical fiction BUT, Eckert takes everything in the book from historical sources, even the dialogue. (from diaries and such). Non-fiction narrative would be a better description as it read like a novel. The portrait of noble Tecumseh the Indiana Chief and his insane medicine man brother is haunting. Kenton and Tecumseh had a two decade battle going on. Trust me, if you like frontier history you will love this book and probably want to explore the series it is a part of.
Well, sounds like a very successful person.
Not an icon though and not someone who nearly everyone of a certain age would instantly recognize.
Ol Yeller was a really good movie but like Shennadoa just
too darn sad for me
Loved Davy Crockett,Fess was really good in it
R.I.P. Fess Parker
I shall open a bottle of his very fine chardonnay and toast my hero of the 50’s. RIP.
Merline Olsen and Corey Haim died in successive days.
Merlin died over a week ago. Not really part of the latest “3” unless you like stretching.
Me too. And I loved the shows, knew all the words to the songs and spent a lot of time doing battle with imaginary redcoats. Well ok the neighbor kids weren’t imaginary, only their redcoats were.
whatever. it’s not that important.
I`ve still got the Mad Magazine spoof of King of the River
Pretty darn good adventure movie.
I miss old tv. When I go back and see some of these programs, I am astonished by the scripts since they use vocabulary the general population today would not understand. It’s amazing. No, they weren’t realistic all the time, but they were much better written. Route 66 in particular is a revelation.
Gotta love the golden coon skin cap logo on his wine bottles.
And some fine wines as well.
However, my favorite Fess parker film:
My husband and I always glance at each other to see who is going to tear up first, then one of us will start to snicker if the other one cries and we finally end up with both of us laughing so hard we are crying. Never fails.
Great guy. Met him years ago when he was coming off his plane. My Dad took us over and he was terrific.
I stay at The Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara and love it.
Rest in Peace, kind sir.
Who you calling old, punk? /S LOL
And gen x ers who had good parents as well..I loved that Guy (and Danny Boone and Davy Crockett as a kid)!
This is very sad for me...
I also grew up with Fess Parker, and especially loved the Daniel Boone series. (Daniel and Mingo were great together.)
Fess Parker was such a gracious man with a humility that is seldom seen in celebrities today.
We’re losing all those special people that have made living in our country a joy and a blessing.
That was very insightful and well said.
Sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in peace Fess Parker.
Rest with the Lord good friend...
RIP, Mr. Parker. You are one of my favorites.
“Be sure you are right ...” (you know the rest of it).
Nobody where I work was old enough to know who he was :(
61 in November. I know exactly what you mean. End of an era... our era.
I thought it was Clint Howard...er..maybe Cliff Klaven.
Ballad of Davey Crocket, by Fess Parker his ownself.
His Land is Biggest His Land is Best.
And here it is:
Chardonnay for Davey Crockett/Daniel Boone? Maybe a shot of a product of Kentucky or Tennessee would be more appropriate.
On the same Christmas morning Santa brought me the coonskin cap, he also left me a Tommy Gun.
They actually went quite well together.
It was actually Fess Parker who just passed away. :) Below is a link to his winery.