Fess Parker, an American icon
Actor Fess Parker of Santa Barbara, California, has been called “An American Icon.” His portrayal of frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone impacted millions of young viewers in the late 1950’s and 60’s who eagerly rushed out to don coonskin caps and mimic the “King of the Wild Frontier.”
Originally from Texas, Fess Parker moved to California to complete academic work on his Masters degree in drama at the University of Southern California. Parker began acting professionally in 1951 as a stage performer in the national company of Mister Roberts. In 1954, Walt Disney signed Parker to play the title role in Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. Parker began filming his network television series, Daniel Boone in 1964. The series spent six years as one of highest rated shows of its time. Parker not only starred in the series, but co-produced and directed. Parker continued to star in numerous box office hits for Disney, Paramount and Warner Brothers’ Studios, while laying the foundation for his second career as a real estate developer.
The Parker Family operates two hotels, The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara, which he jointly developed with Hilton Hotels, and the Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn & Spa located in Los Olivos.