Fess Parker

Actor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Fess Parker (1924-2010) talks about his childhood in Texas and his eventual journey to Hollywood after visiting there during his military service in World War II. He discusses his early roles in filmed westerns and his early television roles including Dragnet and Annie Oakley. In 1954, he was hired by Disney to play the lead in Davy Crockett, a limited series. The program was so popular and spawned such a merchandising craze, that Parker's "Crockett" was brought back for two more limited series. After the series ended, Parker worked on many other series as a guest star, before launching into the short lived 1962 series, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In 1964, Parker triumphed as the lead in (and occasional director of) the series, Daniel Boone, which ran for six years. With his success with Daniel Boone, Parker semi-retired and acquired real estate, resorts and wineries. Don Carleton conducted the interview at Parker's inn in Los Olivos, CA on July 24, 2000.

"It's been a formula that I've used most of my life: ignorance plus optimism."

Highlights
Fess Parker on starring in Daniel Boone
12:13
Fess Parker on his early TV appearance on an episode of Dragnet
01:52
Fess Parker on meeting Walt Disney and being cast in Davy Crockett
08:32
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences; on his education and military service; on starting his acting career

Chapter 2

On beginning his acting career; on getting cast and starring in Davy Crockett

Chapter 3

On starring in Davy Crockett (cont.)

Chapter 4

On the merchandising of Davy Crockett

Chapter 5

On the merchandising of Davy Crockett, his work on My Little Margie , and live television.

Chapter 6

On various television roles; on starring in Daniel Boone

Chapter 7

On his retirement, hotel ownership, advice to aspring actors, and fan mail
Shows

Daniel Boone

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Fess Parker on starring in Daniel Boone
12:13

Davy Crockett

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Fess Parker on meeting Walt Disney and being cast in Davy Crockett
08:32

Dragnet

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Fess Parker on his early TV appearance on an episode of Dragnet
01:52
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Walt Disney

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Fess Parker on meeting Walt Disney and being cast in Davy Crockett
08:32

Jack Webb

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Fess Parker on his early TV appearance on an episode of Dragnet
01:52

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