Fess Parker Net Worth

June 16, 2023
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Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was born on the 16th August 1924, in Fort Worth, Texas and died on the 18th March, 2010 in Santa Ynez, California, USA. He was an actor and winemaker as well as resort owner. He is probably best known for creating the image of Davy Crockett in the television series under the same name (1955 – 1956). Fess Parker had been active in the entertainment industry from 1950 to 2007. His winery, named The Fess Parker Winery, belongs to the group of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

How much was the net worth of Fess Parker? Reportedly, at the time of his death his wealth was as much as $20 million.


Fess Parker Net Worth $20 Million


To begin with, Fess Parker grew-up near San Angelo, where his father had a farm, then during World War II Parker served in the USA Navy. In 1950, he graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. Then he moved to California and studied drama at the University of Southern California, with the aim of acquiring a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies.

In the early 1950s Parker played his first roles in movies, including “Harvey”(1950) by Henry Koster, “No Room for the Groom”(1952) and “Take Me to Town” (1953) both by Douglas Sirk, “The Kid from Left Field” (1953) by Harmon Jones, “Dragonfly Squadron”(1954) by Lesley Selander as well as many other films. He was under contract with the Walt Disney Studios and became known for his roles in the Disney TV series “Davy Crockett” (1954-1956), and the films developed from it – “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” (1955) and “Davy Crockett and the River Pirates” (1956). Moreover, Walt Disney made him the star of the feature films “The Great Locomotive Chase” (1956), “Old Yeller” (1957) and “The Light in the Forest” (1958). The Walt Disney Company appointed him as a Disney Legend in 1991. In the television series “Daniel Boone” (1964 – 1970) Parker played the historical figure of the pioneer and adventurer, of which he directed several episodes, and also worked as the producer. Overall, acting increased the total size of Fess Parker’s net worth considerably.

However, it must be said that Parker had some other engagements, too. In the 1970s, Fess Parker withdrew from the film business and became a real estate agent and hotelier. From the late 1980s, he worked in California as a winemaker at the family-owned wineries in Los Olivos in Santa Ynez Valley, producing several award winning wines. In reference to his film role of Davy Crockett, he chose as the logo of the company a golden raccoon hat. Parker was a long time friend of Ronald Reagan, whose property was near Parker’s wineries. He represented Reagan in an official mission in Australia in 1985.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor and winemaker, Parker married Marcella Belle Rinehart in 1960, and the couple had two children. He died from natural causes at home in Santa Ynez, California at the age of 85. According to his wishes, Parker rests at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in California, USA.

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