The star of “Davy Crockett” and “Daniel Boone,” Fess Parker has passed away at 85 years of age.
His portrayal of frontiersman Davy Crockett was a phenomenon.
Davy Crockett lunch boxes, toy Old Betsy rifles and buckskin shirts and caps filled the stores. The show’s theme song, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was a hit song.
But Parker was a trailblazer in the courtroom. After his “Daniel Boone” television show went into syndication, Parker sued Fox Studios for a share of the net profits.
According to Parker, his suit went on for 10 long years and cost him more than $350,000. Once the case was scheduled for a trial the studio settled, but his 19 year career as an actor abruptly ended.
He used his money wisely and became a developer along California’s central coast built a successful hotel and also founded a prize-winning winery.