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    February 2010
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    Fess Parker, the actor who helped launch the Davy Crockett craze in the 1950s by playing the famed frontiersman in numerous Disney productions, died Thursday of natural causes, his rep confirms to TMZ. He was 85. Born in Texas, Parker was perfectly suited to play Crockett, and kids around the country clamored to get their hands on coon skin caps because of him.

    Parker played the character in a popular TV series and later a pair of feature-length films. He portrayed Crockett from his days as a Tennessee lawmaker to his death at the Battle of the Alamo.

    He also starred in the beloved film 'Old Yeller' as the father and other Disney hits like 'The Great Locomotive Chase' and 'Westward Ho!'


    Later in his career, he even played Crockett's fellow pioneer Daniel Boone.

    In 1970, Parker retired from acting, but in 1974 re-entered TV land with his own short-lived sitcom, 'The Fess Parker Show.'

    He later found success in real estate and the wine business, having started the Fess Parker Family Winery and Vineyards in Los Olivos. At the winery, you can also buy coon skin caps.

    He is survived by Marcella Belle Rinehart, his wife of 60 years, and their two children.
    Source: http://www.popeater.com/2010/03/18/f...crockett-star/

    I wanted to cry when I heard this. He was amazing as Davey Crockett in the old Disney films :frown:
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    I'll be honest, I don't know who he is; but I do have a coonskin hat, so feel I feel a loss for my fallen brethren. :saddowns:
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    I used to have a coonskin hat when I went down to San Antonio to visit The Alamo, my dog tore it up unfortunately, (:argh:) and I can't find a store that sells them near me.

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    Facepunch Babysitter
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    July 2009
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    His coonskin cap is going to be worth a fortune now.

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    February 2010
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    Shit, now I want one of those hats.
    However, I still think the Ushanka is more badass.
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    Mr Jazz
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    January 2009
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    My dad told me earlier today about him dying. Fess Parker was my dad's childhood hero :gonk:
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    daniel boone was a man
    now hes a deaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad man
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    April 2009
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    That makes me want one of those hats...
    His legacy will live on