Fess Parker, Star Of 'Davy Crockett,' Remembered Fess Parker, the start of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, in the 1950s and '60s has died. He was 85. He later became a developer along California's central coast and grew grapes for prize-winning wines.
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Fess Parker, Star Of 'Davy Crockett,' Remembered

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Fess Parker, Star Of 'Davy Crockett,' Remembered

Fess Parker, Star Of 'Davy Crockett,' Remembered

Fess Parker, Star Of 'Davy Crockett,' Remembered

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Fess Parker, the start of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, in the 1950s and '60s has died. He was 85. He later became a developer along California's central coast and grew grapes for prize-winning wines.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

Unidentified Group: (Singing) Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free. Raised in the woods so he knew every tree, killed him a bear when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT")

D: a hunter-politician who always had his trusty rifle, Old Betsy, at his side.

PARKER: Said Old Betsy will reach.

(SOUNDBITE OF GUNSHOTS)

SIEGEL: Parker went on to play the dad in "Old Yeller," and he put on the cap again a few years later to play Daniel Boone on television.

: When he come home, his politicking was done, why the Western march had just begun. So, he packed his gear and his trusty gun, and let out a-grinning to follow the sun. Davy, Davy Crockett, leading the pioneer.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT")

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