Fess Parker, TV's Iconic Davy Crockett, Dead at 85

Actor also starred in Old Yeller, Daniel Boone before leaving showbiz to launch winery and resort

By Marcus Errico Mar 18, 2010 7:32 PMTags
Fess ParkerNBCU Photo Bank via AP Images

The King of the Wild Frontier is gone.

Fess Parker, the strapping star who played Davy Crockett in the hugely popular Disney television show of the 1950s, died today of natural causes at age 85, his family announced.

The actor, whose classic roles also included the son-consoling dad in Old Yeller and another 'coonskin cap-favoring frontiersman in NBC's Daniel Boone, had retired from showbiz in the 1970s and founded a hugely successful winery and resort in Santa Barbara.

He was 85.


Remember some of the other actors who have left us this year in our Fallen Stars gallery.