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Fess Parker

Guru Casper BN-ZERO 2011/08/16 22:27:29
RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1924
Fort Worth Tarrant County Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 2010
Actor. Born Fess Elisha Parker, Junior in Fort Worth Texas, the son of Fess Parker, Senior, at twenty he joined the US Navy but was deemed too tall at almost six and a half feet to qualify as a pilot. Upon discharge, he attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene where he played college football before transferring to the University of Texas, Austin, earning a BA in history. After a move to USC, he picked up a voice role as the driver in the now classic film "Harvey." He didn't appear in another film for two years, but then was in three separate films in 1952 and another four in 1953, most of which were uncredited. In 1954 he appeared in feature films such as "Them!" and "Battlecry" as well as branching out, appearing in almost a dozen television series including one of his twin signature roles, that of Davy Crockett, for which he returned for seven episodes of "The Wonderful World of Disney" over the next two years. He signed a contract with Disney appearing in films such as "The Great Locomotive Chase," in 1956 and "Old Yeller" in 1957. Apparently jealous of their wildly popular star, Disney refused to loan him out to other studios so as not to tarnish his persona. By 1959, his popularity had leveled off, and he found that he was unable to regain the success he had has Crockett. He made guest appearances on a number of television series such as "Death Valley Days" and "General Electric Theatre." He attempted another series of his own, starring in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" in 1963 for only one season. In 1964 he returned to the frontier in the second of his signature roles, Daniel Boone, in a series of the same name which ran for six seasons. In 1974, after a failed television series, "The Fess Parker Show," he retired from the screen and with an eye for real estate development, he built his first resort hotel, Fess Parker's Double Tree Resort, in Santa Barbara in 1986. In 1987, he established Fess Parker's Winery and Vineyard winning several awards for producing fine wines. He was named a Disney Legend in 1991 and in 2003, he received the Texas Cultural Trust's Texas Medal of Arts. He and his wife of 50 years, Marcella, raised two children Write your opinion here...


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  • Ssgtwaldo 2011/08/17 11:42:46
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Ssgtwaldo
    +6
    Still watch DB on Saturdays on RFDTV ! He was one of the better men in Hollywood... RIP

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  • Lawmanky 2011/08/18 15:43:22
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Lawmanky
    +2
    A great individual and one of my childhood favorites.
  • OzSurfer 2011/08/18 00:13:37
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    OzSurfer
    +3
    Wow! I've always loved the Daniel Boone show but I didn't know he had such an amazing history. Thanks! wow ive loved daniel boone history
  • Guru Ca... OzSurfer 2011/08/18 00:14:32
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    your welcome
  • Charu ∞ijm♥∞ 2011/08/17 21:38:27
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +4
    He was one of my favorites! I still watch Daniel Boone reruns Saturdays on the RFD channel....takes me back to a simplier time, my childhood.
    Thank you Casper for sharing this. :) {{{{HUGS}}}}
  • Guru Ca... Charu ∞... 2011/08/17 21:59:49
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    your welcome
  • Charu ∞... Guru Ca... 2011/08/17 22:10:01
  • Matt 2011/08/17 17:24:06
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Matt
    +4
    In 1954, this was state of the art special effects from "Them" !

    1954 art effects Them Fess Parker
  • Guru Ca... Matt 2011/08/17 17:29:07
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +3
    lol
    yes
    Them a favorite of mine
    ty
  • Charu ∞... Matt 2011/08/17 21:40:08
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +3
    I really like that movie.....I don't know about you but the movies then scared me more than the others now. Nowadays they merely gross me out with all the blood and violence.
  • Matt Charu ∞... 2011/08/18 04:13:03 (edited)
    Matt
    +3
    How about Tabunga, the tree monster ?
    tabunga tree monster Tabunga tree monster
    Or the creature from the black lagoon ? tabunga tree monster creature black lagoon Creature Black Lagoon
  • Charu ∞... Matt 2011/08/18 04:33:07
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +2
    YES they all scared me....lol...I can remember laying on the sofa with strep throuat when i seen Tabunga and I could not scream! My parents rolled....lol
  • johnnywoo 2011/08/17 15:57:33
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    johnnywoo
    +3
    I loved him in the movie,Them,he was sooooo funny!
  • K-ZOOMI-----0 2011/08/17 15:48:18
    RIP Fess Parker
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    +2
    I only remember him from the only movie I saw of his:
    "The Great Locomotive Chase".
  • Guru Ca... K-ZOOMI... 2011/08/17 16:59:12
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +3
    thanks
    he did movies also,my generation thinks of him as Davy Crockett and/or Daniel Boone
  • Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWC... 2011/08/17 15:05:04
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWCM~JLA
    +5
    Mr. Fess Parker........Truely a gentleman and class act......Walt Disney recognized him for his charisma and his talent.....a very deep comforting voice yet gentle as a lamb.......Truely a class act.....He will live forever in our hearts and minds and hopefully will still entertain families for years to come......One of the greatest.....right up there with Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and John Wayne in my opinion.....a wonderful and great man......50 years with the same woman pretty much confirms that.....
  • Guru Ca... Deere G... 2011/08/17 16:59:58
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +3
    thank you!
  • Deere G... Guru Ca... 2011/08/17 17:02:49
    Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    You're very welcome....and thank you for a great tribute to Mr. Parker...
  • Guru Ca... Deere G... 2011/08/17 17:03:30
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +3
    your welcome
  • Ssgtwaldo 2011/08/17 11:42:46
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Ssgtwaldo
    +6
    Still watch DB on Saturdays on RFDTV ! He was one of the better men in Hollywood... RIP
  • Charu ∞... Ssgtwaldo 2011/08/17 21:41:42
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +4
    I watch DB too! :)
  • Tom 2011/08/17 10:32:58
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Tom
    +5
    Every week we would crowd the small black and white set to see Daniel Boone.
  • Rachael Helms - BN01 2011/08/17 07:10:49
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Rachael Helms - BN01
    +5
    I saw a few of his Davy Crockett movies growing up and liked them a lot.
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2011/08/17 06:00:12
    RIP Fess Parker
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +4
    Greeat American
  • wtw 2011/08/17 03:22:21
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    wtw
    +4
    Loved the guy as a kid1
  • Guru Ca... wtw 2011/08/17 17:01:06
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +3
    thanks,me too!
  • miller51550 2011/08/17 02:59:34
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    miller51550
    +4
    One of my favorite stars when i WAS A KID.
  • Guru Ca... miller5... 2011/08/17 17:01:20
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    thanks,me too!
  • miller5... Guru Ca... 2011/08/17 17:16:09
    miller51550
    +3
    I have many of his movies and series on DVD that I have collected in my twilight years.

    Amazes me as to how simple,yet complex some of these old series and movies were compared to the TECHIE ones of today.
  • Guru Ca... miller5... 2011/08/17 17:26:37
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    true artists work with what they got,techie special effects can be awesome,but do you like the characters?or ,enjoy the plot? are still more relevant factors than techie gimmicks
  • Dawn Jacquelyn 2011/08/17 02:28:05
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Dawn Jacquelyn
    +3
    I had a huge crush on him as Davy Crockett! I was a tomboy; my mother bought me a Davy Crockett fringed jacket :)
  • Guru Ca... Dawn Ja... 2011/08/17 17:01:42
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    cool
    thanks
  • mwg0735 2011/08/17 02:12:22
  • Guru Ca... mwg0735 2011/08/17 17:02:00
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    thank you
    yes
  • Dagon 2011/08/17 01:31:55
  • FeedFwd ~POTL 2011/08/17 00:28:03
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    +3
    Things were different then and not all of the change since then has been an improvement.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2011/08/17 00:16:57
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    themadhare ~IJM
  • goblue1968 2011/08/16 23:44:11
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    goblue1968
    +3
    I watched the Davy Crockett series religiously every Sunday (pun intended). As a matter of personal trivia fact, when I was in California to visit my daughter last summer, we spent a couple of days at the Fess Parker resort in Santa Barbara.
  • Guru Ca... goblue1968 2011/08/16 23:45:21 (edited)
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    cool
    ty
  • Pet Rock Whisperer 2011/08/16 23:41:35
    RIP Fess,thanks for entertaining us
    Pet Rock Whisperer
    +3
    Loved the show Daniel Boone when I was a kid.
  • Guru Ca... Pet Roc... 2011/08/16 23:47:26
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    me too
    thanks

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