Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fess Parker starred in first TV miniseries

Davy Crockett was the first miniseries in the history of television though the term had not yet been coined. It aired on ABC in five episodes of the Disneyland series, with Fess Parker, who died today, in the title role and Buddy Ebsen as George Russell. The series was filmed in color at the Gatlinburg, Tennessee entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The first three episodes were edited together as the 1955 theatrical film, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

Fess Parker became a contract star for Disney and appearing in many films such as The Great Locomotive Chase, Old Yeller, and Westward Ho, The Wagons!, but complained they were all pretty much the same role. Parker was a featured star at the grand opening of Disneyland on July, 17 1955. For all his work with Disney, he was honored in December 2004 with his own tribute window on a facade in the park's Adventureland section.

Leading an expedition through an unfinished Disneyland.

Riding down Main Street, USA with Walt Disney.

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