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RIP: Fess Parker

RIP: Fess ParkerThe horror genre has been good to a lot of actors over the years, going so far as to launch quite a few careers. Horror fans are amongst the most passionate out there, and we always champion our own even if they spent just a movie or two dabbling with what we love best.

According to Yahoo! News actor Fess Parker, who was best known to fans as television’s “Davy Crockett” and “Daniel Boone”, has passed away due to natural causes at the age of 85 in his Santa Ynez Valley home.

It was Parker’s scene as a terrified witness in the horror classic “Them!” that caught the attention of Walt Disney when he was looking for a “Davy Crockett” star. He chose Parker over another “Them!” actor, James Arness — who became a TV superstar in the long-running “Gunsmoke.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to send out our deepest condolences to Fess’ friends, family, and constituents. Godspeed, good sir!

Uncle Creepy

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Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

  • Gus Bjork

    No disrespect but Fess Parker was still alive?

  • DavidFullam

    Damn. I love his bit in Them, with Arness telling his Doctor “Washington will let you know when he’s well” at the end of the scene. Farewell to the King of the Wild Frontier.

  • The Woman In Black

    Fess made some damn fine wine, too. I’ll have to grab a bottle and drink a toast to the man. RIP!

  • Terminal

    Wow so it worked out for both of them. Parker became Davy Crockett and Arness became Matt Dillon, both of whom are television icons. Good stuff.

    Sad to hear he’s gone. RIP.