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Fess Parker (I) (1924–2010)


A former college athlete at the University of Texas, Fess studied drama in the early fifties and debuted in Springfield Rifle (1952). He made only a handful of movies until he was signed by Walt Disney to star in the "Davy Crockett" series. When Walt was looking for an actor to play the part of Davy, he screened the sci-fi movie Them! (1954) with ... See full bio »

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Known For

Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone Daniel Boone
(1964-1970)
Old Yeller
Old Yeller Jim Coates
(1957)
The Great Locomotive Chase
The Great Locomotive Chase James J. Andrews
(1956)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sen. Eugene Smith / Senator Eugene Smith
(1962-1963)

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 1974 The Fess Parker Show (TV Short)
Fess Hamilton
 1972 Climb an Angry Mountain (TV Movie)
Sheriff Elisha Cooper
 1964-1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Daniel Boone
- Israel and Love (1970) ... Daniel Boone
- How to Become a Goddess (1970) ... Daniel Boone
- Bringing Up Josh (1970) ... Daniel Boone
- The Homecoming (1970) ... Daniel Boone
- Noblesse Oblige (1970) ... Daniel Boone
 1966 Smoky
Clint Barkley
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Herman Sitwell
- Who Killed WHO IV? (1964) ... Herman Sitwell
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
Clarence Jones
- Destry Had a Little Lamb (1964) ... Clarence Jones
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Sheriff Ben Wister
- Nothing Ever Happens in Linvale (1963) ... Sheriff Ben Wister
 1962-1963 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
Sen. Eugene Smith / Senator Eugene Smith
- The Lobbyist (1963) ... Senator Eugene Smith
- High Society (1963) ... Sen. Eugene Smith
- To Be or Not to Be (1963) ... Sen. Eugene Smith
- Kid from Brooklyn (1963) ... Sen. Eugene Smith
- Citizen Bellows (1963) ... Sen. Eugene Smith
 1962 Hell Is for Heroes
Sgt. Pike
 1954-1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Reverend Joel Todd / Curt Morrison
- Miracle at Whiskey Gulch (1962) ... Reverend Joel Todd
- The Kickapoo Run (1954) ... Curt Morrison
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jonathan West
- Aftermath (1960) ... Jonathan West
 1959 The Jayhawkers!
Cam Bleeker
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Davy Crockett (uncredited)
 1959 The Hangman
Sheriff Buck Weston
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1958 The Light in the Forest
Del Hardy
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Pvt. Linus Powell
- Turn Left at Mount Everest (1958) ... Pvt. Linus Powell
 1957 Old Yeller
Jim Coates
 1956 Westward Ho, the Wagons!
John 'Doc' Grayson
 1954-1956 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Davy Crockett / John 'Doc' Grayson
- Along the Oregon Trail (1956) ... John 'Doc' Grayson
- Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1955) ... Davy Crockett
- Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race (1955) ... Davy Crockett
- Davy Crockett at the Alamo (1955) ... Davy Crockett
 1956 The Great Locomotive Chase
James J. Andrews
 1955 City Detective (TV Series)
Tony
- Hearts and Flowers (1955) ... Tony
 1955 Battle Cry
Pvt. Speedy
 1954 The Bounty Hunter
Wild Cowboy at Finale (uncredited)
 1954 My Little Margie (TV Series)
The All American
- The All American (1954) ... The All American
 1954 Them!
Alan Crotty
 1954 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
Len Clinton - The Texas Sandman / Tom Conrad - Newspaper Publisher
- Annie and the Texas Sandman (1954) ... Len Clinton - The Texas Sandman
- Annie and the Mystery Woman (1954) ... Tom Conrad - Newspaper Publisher
 1954 Dragonfly Squadron
Texas Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Grat Dalton
- The Dalton Gang (1954) ... Grat Dalton
 1954 Dragnet (TV Series)
Officer Harkness
- The Big Winchester (1954) ... Officer Harkness
 1953 Island in the Sky
Fitch's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
 1953 The Kid from Left Field
McDougal
 1953 Take Me to Town
Long John (uncredited)
 1953 Man on a Tightrope
Checkpoint Soldier (uncredited)
 1952 Springfield Rifle
Jim Randolph (uncredited)
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Clem McCloud
 1952 No Room for the Groom
Cousin Ben (uncredited)
 1950 Harvey
Leslie - Chauffeur (voice, uncredited)
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Other Works:

Recordings (notable singles): "Ballad of Davy Crockett" [from Disney film Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955); "Wringle Wrangle" [from Disney film Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956)) ] See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 6 Articles | See more »


Height:

6' 5½" (1.97 m)
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Personal Quote:

There have been several turning points in my life, but the most important one came the day I stepped before the cameras as Davy Crockett. The way I look at things, a man's life story isn't his alone, but it belongs to a lot of people who have influenced him and done things for him that he can never repay. See more »

Trivia:

He was a major supporter of the Republican Party and once considered running for the senate in Nevada. He was a close friend of President Ronald Reagan, who in 1985 asked him to become his ambassador to Australia. See more »

Nickname:

Fessbo

Star Sign:

Leo

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