Fess Parker, who became known to ‘50s TV as Davy Crockett, passed away at the age of 85.
According to family spokesperson Sao Anash, Parker died of natural causes at his home in Santa Ynez Valley, California, while celebrating the 84th birthday of his wife, Marcella.
He was still coherent and talking to his family members before his life went out.
Parker can be fondly recalled by baby boomers as their TV hero, after playing the roles of American heroes and frontiersmen, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. His Davy outfits, such as the coonskin cap, Old Betsy rifle and frontiersman outfit, became the fad during his era.
“Fess Parker has been a role model and idol of mine since I first saw him on the big screen-he is a true Hollywood legend,” says California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “As a talented actor and successful businessman, he was an inspirational Californian whose contributions to our state will be remembered forever.”
Parker retired from show business after 22 years in the industry, and he later turned to real estate together with his wife. He also put up a wine refinery business, which is considered one of the most successful ventures currently established in California (and the United States) today.
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