Born Fess Elisha Parker II, the man who inspired an undeniable desire for coonskin caps, grew up in Texas, where he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history. He earned a master's degree in drama at the University of Southern California and began his professional acting career in 1951. In 1954, he was hired by Walt Disney to play Davy Crocket in a television trilogy (1954–1956), which took over the 1950's popular imagination. In 1964, Parker once again pulled on his buckskins to portray frontiersman Daniel Boone in a series which ran for six years. Post-acting years were spent as a businessman and entrepreneur, establishing grand hotels and an award-winning eponymous winery. On of the best-selling wines produced by the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley is the Frontier Red, "made in the same down-to-earth spirit of the frontiersman who tamed this land." No surprise, the label boasts a picture of Fess Parker/Davy Crockett himself–complete with coonskin cap.