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Watch: Great Disney Doc, 'Walt: The Man Behind the Myth'

While flipping through stations late last night, we stumbled across this really fantastic documentary on the life of Walt Disney over at CNBC called Walt: The Man Behind the Myth. It premiered earlier this year and occasionally airs late at night, but the good news is that it's also on YouTube split up into eight different parts. All the great stories about Walt Disney are in here -- most of which are told by his family members and close friends. Some of the best parts, though, are in the beginning, when we journey back to the early 1920s as we learn the real story behind Walt's rise in the world of animation. From his first failed animation studio out of a garage to who really came up with the name Mickey Mouse (originally named Mortimer Mouse), there are some...

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Fess Parker obituary

Rugged Texan actor best known for his roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone

The actor Fess Parker, who has died aged 85, was a quintessential westerner, a tall, rugged, Texas-born athlete turned actor, famous for his portrayals of two frontiersmen, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, as well as sheriffs, cowboys and ranchers. He greatly appreciated the commercial rewards of these two title roles, and went on to become a successful businessman.

The Walt Disney studio was the first in Hollywood to move wholeheartedly into television, and had the bright idea of combining three episodes of the Davy Crockett series Parker had made for them in 1954 into a feature. The result, Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955), spawned the craze for coonskin hats and became a box-office hit on the back of its singalong theme. Bill Hayes's recording of The Ballad of Davy Crockett topped the charts for three months,
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