Parker, Fess Elisha Jr.
Born: Aug 16, 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
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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