Parker had a rather successful run in the movies too, appearing in such classics as 'Old Yeller,' 'The Kid From Left Field,' and the killer ants flick 'Them!,' which still freaks me out today. A lot of the films/shows that Parker appeared in were Disney films. He also starred in the short-lived TV version of 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington' and episodes of 'Burke's Law' and 'The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.'
For the past several years, Parker had his own winery and wine label and hotel in Santa Barbara. After the jump, the theme songs to 'Davy Crockett' and 'Daniel Boone.'
The 85-year-old actor portrayed the famous character on both the big and small screen, with additional roles in TV's 'Daniel Boone,' from 1964-70, 'Old Yeller' and 'Westward Ho!'
Parker leaves behind his wife of 60 years and two children.
For more on the career of Fess Parker, visit PopEater.
Finally, season 4 of Alfred Hitchcock Presents is on DVD. I say finally because this season contains one of my favorite episodes of any TV series ever, "Man with a Problem," with Elizabeth Montgomery, Gary Merrill, and Peter Mark Richman. It has a great twist ending (you can watch it here). I have to start buying this show on DVD.
The Golden Age of Television DVD is a Criterion Collection set and includes some great live TV episodes, including "Marty," "Days of Wine and Roses," "The Comedian," "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "No Time For Sergeants," "A Wind from the South," and "Bang The Drum Slowly." Also comes with extensive commentaries and interviews and a booklet.
I know we all have our favorite shows that we buy on DVD, but I can't understand how anyone - anyone - would want to buy Gene Simmons' Family Jewels on DVD. Do buyers of these sets actually pop them into the DVD player and watch them over and over?
The Burke's Law sets continue with those annoying "Season/Volume" packages, but the last season of the Odd Couple season 5 set contains all of the episodes and completes the series.
- Bones - Season 3
- Burke's Law - Season 1, Vol. 2
- Charmed - Complete Series
- Daniel Boone - Season 6
- Death Note - Box Set 1
- Doctor Who - Season 4 and The Infinite Quest
- The Dog Whisperer - Celebrity Edition
- Fairly Oddparents - Season 6, Vol. 1
- Gene Simmons' Family Jewels - Season 3
- Hannah Montana - Season 1
- Hawaii Five-O - Season 5
- McHale's Navy - Season 4
- Monty Python's Flying Circus - Collector's Edition Megaset
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 - 20th Anniversary (Regular set)
- The Odd Couple - Season 5
- SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 5, Vol. 2
- Star Trek - Season 3 Remastered
New TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.
- Animaniacs - Vol. 3
- Daniel Boone - Season 4
- Lovejoy - Season 1
- Perry Mason - Season 2, Vol. 1
- Picket Fences - Season 1
- Pinky and the Brain - Vol. 3
- The Powerpuff Girls - Season 1
- Reno 911: The Movie
- Silver Spoons - Season 1
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Season 3, Vol. 1
On either August 25 or 26, depending on which of these links you want to believe, TV Land will be airing a Daniel Boone marathon, a series about the legendary frontiersman that aired in the late 60s and featured Fess Parker in the titular role. The series, apparently, is getting a two-week trial run during which it will replace the A-Team on the schedule. The A-Team will then return to the schedule on September 11. If you want to catch the show my advice to you would be to watch TV Land because I'm sure they'll mention it at some point. Their Web site sure as heck doesn't seem to have anything about it.
While the marathon news is somewhat vague, what I can tell you for certain is that the first and second seasons of the series will both be released on DVD September 26.
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