Thursday, March 18, 2010
Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) Is Dead
Fess Parker, an actor who became famous in the 1950s playing Davy Crockett on a television series and later in some Disney-produced movies, has died at his home in California at the age of 85. He was beloved by young people across the country who believed he was "the" original cowboy/frontiersman, and that he was noble, strong, heroic, honest and decent. And that all Americans were. He wore a coonskin hat in the Davy Crockett show, and reproductions soon appeared on the heads of boy children around the nation. He was like a John Wayne type of character for the boomer kids. He also played Daniel Boone in another TV series. He spent his later years owning and operating a winery in the Central Coast of California.