'Davy Crockett' star Fess Parker dies at 85

This Oct. 23, 1965 file photo shows "Daniel Boone" star Fess Parker, left, and his stand-in Carol Lynton. Parker died of natural causes at his Santa Ynez home on Thursday, March 18, 2009. He was 85.

March 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Davy Crockett" and "Daniel Boone" star-turned-developer and vintner Fess Parker has died. He was 85.

Parker died Thursday morning of natural causes at his Santa Ynez home near the Fess Parker Winery, according to a family spokesperson. His death comes on the 84th birthday of his wife of 50 years, Marcella.

Parker starred as frontiersman Davy Crockett in the 1950s and Daniel Boone in the late 1960s television show.

He later became a developer along California's central coast and grew grapes for prize-winning wines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.