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Fess Parker Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Children

Fess Parker Quick Info
Height 6 ft 5½ in
Weight 100 kg
Date of Birth August 16, 1924
Zodiac Sign Leo
Date of Death March 18, 2010

Fess Parker was an American actor, singer, winemaker, and resort owner-operator who is known for playing the titular role in the miniseries Davy Crockett as well as in the action-adventure series Daniel Boone. In addition to that, he was also cast in several films including Untamed FrontierHell Is for Heroes, The Kid from Left FieldThe Light in the Forest, Thunder Over the Plains, Old Yeller, The Great Locomotive ChaseDavy Crockett and the River PiratesDaniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider, Smoky, The HangmanThe Jayhawkers!, Climb an Angry Mountain, and Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

Born Name

F. E. Parker Jr.

Other Names

Fess Elisha Parker Jr., Fessbo

Fess Parker as Daniel Boone in the television program 'Daniel Boone'
Fess Parker as Daniel Boone in the television program ‘Daniel Boone’ (NBC Television / eBay / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on August 16, 1924.

Died

On March 18, 2010, Fess Parker died of natural causes at the age of 85 in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County, California, United States.

Resting Place

Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California, United States

Sun Sign

Leo

Born Place

Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States

Residence

He resided in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County, California, United States.

Nationality

American

 

Education

Fess Parker got enrolled at the Hardin–Simmons University (HSU) located in Abilene, Texas (with assistance from the G.I. Bill) and was an active member of the H-SU Players Club. In 1947, he transferred to the University of Texas at Austin as a history major and continued his pursuits in drama. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1950 with a degree in history.

After graduating, he still had a year remaining on his GI Bill benefits so he went on to study drama at the University of Southern California and pursued a master’s degree in theater history.

Occupation

Actor, Singer, Winemaker, Resort Owner-operator

Family

  • Father – Fess Elisha Parker (Later added the initial “E.”) (Tax Assessor)
  • Mother – Mackie Allen Parker

Genre

Soundtrack

Instruments

Vocals

Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he had a net worth of $20 Million.

Build

Average

Fess Parker and Sandra Warner as Eugene and Pat Smith in the television program 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'
Fess Parker and Sandra Warner as Eugene and Pat Smith in the television program ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’ (Milburn McCarty Associates (Public Relations) / eBay / Public Domain)

Height

6 ft 5½ in or 197 cm

Weight

100 kg or 220.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Fess Parker dated –

  1. Jane Howard (1956) – In September 1956, he started going out with Jane Howard but the duo parted ways the same year in November.
  2. Marcella Belle Rinehart (1960-2010) – On January 18, 1960, Fess Parker got married to Marcella Belle Rinehart and they had 2 children – a son named Fess Elisha Parker III and a daughter named Ashley Allen Rinehart.

Race / Ethnicity

White

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Towering height

Fess Parker as seen while smiling in a still in 1968
Fess Parker as seen while smiling in a still in 1968 (NBC Television / eBay / Public Domain)

Fess Parker Facts

  1. He grew up on a farm in Tom Green County near San Angelo.
  2. During his younger years, he changed his name from ‘F. E. Parker Jr.’ to ‘Fess Elisha Parker Jr.’ after choosing the middle name himself. He selected his middle name to be ‘Elisha’ because it sounded rhythmic and matched his middle initial.
  3. In the latter part of World War II, Fess Parker enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the hope of becoming a pilot. However, he was disqualified because he was too tall at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m). After that, he tried to become a radioman gunner but was found too large to fit comfortably into the rear cockpit. Eventually, he was transferred to the United States Marine Corps as a radio operator and shipped out to the South Pacific shortly before the war ended and was discharged in 1946.
  4. Alongside Kathleen Crowley, Jeff York, Sebastian Cabot, George Reeves, and David Stollery, Fess Parker co-starred as John ‘Doc’ Grayson in the Western film Westward Ho the Wagons! in 1956.
  5. He was stabbed in the neck by the other driver during an argument following an automobile collision.
  6. In 1991, he was named a Disney Legend.
  7. Fess Parker was friends with Ronald Reagan, Darby Hinton, and Buddy Ebsen.
  8. He received the Texas Cultural Trust’s “Texas Medal of Arts Award” in 2003.

Featured Image by NBC Television / eBay / Public Domain

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