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Davy Crockett actor dies aged 85; world newsbulletin.

FESS PARKER, who launched a craze for coonskin caps while playing famous American pioneers Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, has died of natural causes. He was 85.

"Fess Parker has been a role model and idol of mine since I first saw him on the big screen - he is a true Hollywood legend," said California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said Parker was "a longtime friend to Ronnie and me... He will be greatly missed".

The first instalment of Davy Crockett was broadcast in 1954. The 6ft-6in Parker was quickly embraced by youngsters as the man in a coonskin cap who stood for the spirit of the American frontier.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 20, 2010
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