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Parker, Fess Elisha Jr.

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Born: 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors

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1925 - Born on August 16th in Fort Worth, Texas.

1950 - Graduated from University of Texas at Austin.

1952 - A former college athlete at the University of Texas, Fess studied Drama in the early fifties and debuted in 'Springfield Rifle'.

1954 - When Walt was looking for an actor to play the part of Davy, he screened the Sci-fi movie 'Them!' with James Arness.

1955 - Fess became an instant celebrity when 'Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier' debuted.

1956 - The craze ended almost as fast as it started, and Fess was typecast.

         - Walt Disney would not let Parker out of his contract, so he had to turn down a part in The Searchers.

1957 - Fess appeared in other Disney movies dealing with the early years of Davey and also in non-Crockett parts such as 'Old Yeller'.

1959 - Unable to achieve the success that he had gained as Crockett, his career had leveled off.

1960 - Married Marcella Rinehart and they had two children.

1964 - Fess tried the frontiersman role once again with the TV series "Daniel Boone".

1973 - Retired from Hollywood; among his successful California businesses are an ocean-front resort in Santa Barbara; a 21-room inn in Los Olivos; and an award-winning winery.

1991 - Parker was named a Disney Legend.

1997 - Owns and operates a winery: Fess Parker Winery.

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