fess parker who played davy crockett died today "Davy Crockett" Star Fess Parker Dies at 85 - ABC News LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fess Parker, the actor best known for playing American folk heroes Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, has died at the age of 85, a family spokeswoman said on Thursday. Parker, who became a successful winery owner and real estate developer after retiring from Hollywood in the 1970s, died at his home outside Santa Barbara, California, of natural causes, the spokeswoman said. "He passed away this morning," the spokeswoman, Sao Anash, told Reuters. "He was 85 and it was old age, actually. His body just sort of shut down. He had been at home under hospice care for the past few months. Anash said Parker's son, Eli, and daughter, Ashley, were at his side. Parker was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in San Angelo, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin before entering show business. He was a contract player for Warner Brothers, appearing in mostly small roles before landing the part of Crockett, the "King of the Wild Frontier" who famously died defending the Alamo in 1836. The show aired in the mid-1950s. During the 1960s, Parker played Boone, another historic American frontiersman, in the NBC television series of the same name. Parker retired from acting to concentrate on his business ventures, ultimately opening a luxury hotel on the Santa Barbara waterfront and a winery bearing his name.