When someone sees a coon-skinned cap anywhere, there is a good chance that their first thought is the King of the Wild Frontier, Davy Crockett. The man that brought this memorable character to life, Fess Parker, passed away this past Thursday of natural causes at the age of 85.
Disney’s Davy Crockett was a three part mini-series in the 1950’s that told of the great feats of this historic character. While Fess Parker is known mainly for the title role in this series, he was also in several other Disney creations, including “The Great Locomotive Chase”, “Old Yeller”, and “Westward Ho the Wagons!”.
There are a few tributes to Fess Parker in his most popular role, the first appropriately being in Frontierland in Disneyland, where he has his name on a window along with Davy Crockett’s. You can also find his hand prints in front of the Chinese Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.