Fess Parker, the actor best known for his lead role in the first television miniseries, Davy Crockett, died Thursday, March 18, 2010. Produced by Walt Disney, Davy Crockett was a huge hit with kids and unleashed a merchandising bonanza, especially replicas of the popular coonskin cap Parker wore as Crockett. The actor also starred in the Disney film, Old Yeller. Parker would eventually retire to run a winery and resort. Parker was 85.
I only recently discovered Parker because a local channel that is part of RTV, the Retro Television Network, has been airing episodes of Parker's NBC series, Daniel Boone (1964-1970). I have to admit that the strapping Parker has been making quite an impression on me as the firm, but fair and larger-than-life frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Rest in peace, Mr. Parker. I hardly knew you, and I won't miss you... thanks to the magic of reruns.