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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Disney Legend #27: Fess Parker

The 27th inducted Disney Legend was Fess Parker. Mr. Parker was just about ready to give up his acting career when he was asked to audition for the role of a lifetime- Davy Crockett.

Walt Disney enthusiastically chose Mr. Parker for the role, which catapulted Fess to superstardom. Every young boy in the 1950's wanted to be just like Fess Parker and he decided to be a role model of the highest order. His appearances at DISNEYLAND and personal attention to his fans made him a favorite of kids everywhere.

After his Disney career ended, Fess took a similar role as Daniel Boone. When his Hollywood career began winding down, Mr. Parker began investing in real estate, buying a winery, which he ran until he passed away in 2010. He also began the development of a theme park in Santa Clara that eventually opened as Marriott's Great America in 1976.

In 2005, Fess was honored with a window in Frontierland at DISNEYLAND, a rare and exclusive honor.