Job Actor * Winemaker * Resort owner-operator
Years active 1950-2007
Top Roles Pvt. Speedy, Sheriff Buck Weston, Davy Crockett, Voice of Leslie the Chauffeur, Sgt. Pike
Top GenresWestern, Drama, War, Comedy, Family, Action
Top TopicsDisney, Book-Based, Civil War
Top Collaborators (Producer), , , (Director)
Shares birthday with Ann Blyth, Mae Clarke, Glenn Strange  see more..

Fess Parker Overview:

Actor, Fess Parker, was born Fess Elisha Parker Jr. on Aug 16, 1924 in Fort Worth, TX. Parker died at the age of 85 on Mar 18, 2010 in Santa Ynez, CA .

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On October 22, 1991, Parker received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

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Fess Parker Quotes:

Jim Coates: Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.


Davy Crockett: I'm half-horse, half-alligator and a little attached with snapping turtle. I've got the fastest horse, the prettiest sister, the surest rifle and the ugliest dog in Texas. My father can lick any man in Kentucky... and I can lick my father. I can hug a bear too close for comfort and eat any man alive opposed to Andy Jackson.


Chief Red Stick: Why you no kill me?
Davy Crockett: Maybe because of another law. We have trouble living up to it, but it ain't bad for red man or white man: thou shall not kill.


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Fess Parker Facts
Discovered by Adolphe Menjou who was a guest artist at the University of Texas while Fess was a student. Menjou helped him with formal introductions when he first got to Hollywood.

Parker talks about the beginnings of his career and the movie Them! (1954) in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland, 2010) by Tom Weaver.

At the time he was famous in France for his Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone roles, French distributors found they had to rename him - on posters, in TV programmers...etc. - for the French audience/ Public, into "Fier" Parker. One must know that "fesse(s)", in French, means "buttocks, bottom", whereas "fier" means "proud" ; a more becoming name for someone embodying American "Heroes"...

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