16 August 1925, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. An actor and singer, Parker did some stage work before making his film debut in 1952 in Untamed Frontier, a western starring Joseph Cotton and Shelley Winters. Two years later he appeared as the famous Indian scout-legislator-Alamo defender Davy Crockett, in three episodes of the television series Disneyland. The shows were extremely popular, and the theme, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, written by scriptwriter Tom Blackburn and George Bruns, became a US number 1 hit for Bill Hayes, well known on television himself for Show Of Shows. Subsequently, Parkers own version of the song made the US Top 10. When the big screen version, Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier!, was made in 1955, coonskin caps abounded, nationwide and beyond; the inevitable sequel, Davy Crockett And The River Pirates, was released in 1956. In the same year, Parker starred in Walt Disneys Westward Ho, The Wagons!, which featured...
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