Fess Parker's Height
6ft 6in (198.1 cm)
American actor known for the TV series Daniel Boone and films such as films like Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, Old Yeller, Hell is For Heroes, The Light in the Forest, The Hangman, Springfield Rifle and Battle Cry. In a 1955 news article he was quoted saying: "I'm six feet five. The real Crockett? Well, as nearly as I can make out, he was a little under six feet."
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Average Guess (4 Votes)
6ft 5.88in (197.8cm)
said on 6/Jul/17
Rob, how likely is 6ft5?
Editor Rob: a chance of course, he did claim it...but did he round down? You could see a 6ft 5.5 mark for him and maybe he went low rather than round up?
Scott said on 23/May/17
He almost never stood straight, but when he did he was a solid three inches taller than Buddy Ebsen in the Davy Crockett movies. He didn't look a full two inches taller than Jeff York, however, in Davy Crockett and the River Pirates.
Canson said on 28/Dec/16
Editor Rob said on 14/Aug/16
I found an early quote with Fess claiming to be 6ft 5...
said on 25/Apr/16
Rob, who do you think was taller in their prime Parker or Walker?
Editor Rob: can be hard telling guys this size apart at times.
Sam said on 7/Mar/16
Parker for sure pulls off looking a solid 6'6" next to the recently added 6'3" Buddy Ebsen.
SHORTY said on 16/Jan/16
It would've been interesting to see a film or t.v. show that featured both Fess Parker and Clint Walker, another 6'6" actor.
Shadow2 said on 30/Oct/15
Yes, I agree with jervis, there's always a clear three inches between Buddy and Fess, especially in personal appearance photos they did while not in their "Davey Crockett" costumes. Buddy often claimed he was over 6' 3" (and that Fess was not 6' 6") but the various images show otherwise. Rob, how are we going with a page for Buddy Ebsen, definitely a 6' 3" but no taller. I look forward as well to pages on Robert Reed (6' 2.5") and Mike Connors (6' 1.5"). Thanks.
jervis said on 23/Aug/15
Clear 3 inches on 6ft3 Ebsen.If Ebsen was 6ft3 then Parker was an easy 6ft6.
Sam said on 25/Jun/15
I remember watching them and knowing about Arness's height but not Parker's so I was shocked that it had such a towering guy in another role.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Feb/15
Rob can you add a photo and TV series Daniel Boone films like Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, The Light in the Forest, The Hangman, Springfield Rifle and Battle Cry and also add an entry for Dorothy McGuire, also from Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, Friendly Persuasion and Gentleman's Agreement etc..
marcus said on 31/May/14
Saw a Disney Show on Youtube with Buddy Epsen and Fess Parker talking about their Davy Crocket show. Buddy said that when the show began in 1954 he was 6'3 and 1/4" and Fess was 6'5 and 1/2"
VC said on 24/May/14
I guessed Fess is somewhat 6'5 because Jim Arness may be listed at 6'7 because he was listed with shoes. My opinion is Jim is actually 6'6. Most tall chaps in Hollywood are measured with shoes so an inch here & there is pretty common.
Ian C. said on 17/Feb/14
I'll tell you the truth, daddy cool, you may have got me there with superior research. And good for you.
said on 28/Nov/13
There's quite a difference between Arness and Parker in "Them" movie.
Parker is tho wearing slippers in this scene and he allways slouched in his movies. I truly believe Parker was a legit 6'6 guy. An inch shorter than Arness.
Ian C. said on 5/Aug/13
Fess Parker never looked an inch less than six foot six. You can see him in a bit part in the giant ant movie Them where he stands next to James Arness (credibly listed at six foot seven), and there is little difference between them. Or you can see him in the Adventures of Davy Crockett with Buddy Ebsen (six foot three),and Parker is easily three inches taller. When he stands with Steve McQueen in Hell Is for Heroes, he looks like a tree.
Gary said on 26/Aug/12
I think how a shot is framed automatically calls attention to the height of people. Unless a lead man can give being shorter an edge, as Cagney did, we lend more focus and more pure rooting to the taller actor. Victor Mature knew this and blew up at directors who positioned him either with taller actors or ones standing on higher ground. John Wayne began to see, as he got older and was less the romantic interest, that his being "the big man" ensured the continuance of his stardom, so he wore lifts. So from the audience's viewpoint this is understandable, and the actor is thinking in business terms.
Shaun said on 10/Feb/12
They certainly don't make em like they used to!
Shaun said on 10/Feb/12
Good call Rob, if he was eye to eye with Napier must be this.
AZmink said on 24/Aug/11
We went to his hotel in Santa Barbara and saw him and then to his winery in the late 90's I believe. He was 6'6" and a very nice and friendly man. I will always remember him as an American Hero from the Walt Disney movies, Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett.
mstock said on 17/May/11
Fess Parker was every bit of 6'6". Buddy Ebsen was 6'3" and he was at least 3-4 inches taller. Ed Ames is at least 6'3" and Fess was at least 3 inches taller maybe 4". He was about 4" taller than George Sanders who was the same height as John Wayne. Robert Logan is a true 6'3" and again Fess was "AT LEAST" 3" taller.
Yes,Fess Parker was at least 6'6" tall. And he was a great actor and person
Clay Siwell said on 21/Jan/11
Fess Parker was a great actor and his height had nothing to do with his success. We live in a superficial world filled with shallow people. Fess new this and that is why he never focused on his height at least that is what I got from our conversation.
Shadow2 said on 6/Dec/10
Rob, thanks for upgrading Fess. Almost every contributor on this page is unanimous that Fess was a legit 6'6" during his movie and TV career. But typical of the humble man he was during his lifetime, Fess never emphasized his height to others.
There is a 1954 science fiction classic called "Them" (giant ants on the rampage) where Fess appears in one of his very first roles, coincidentally in a scene with fellow extremely tall actor (and future TV legend) 6'7" James Arness.
Sam said on 18/Nov/10
Fess was 6 ft 6 in, when he was young. 6 ft 5 in, later in life. FACT.
Shadow2 said on 2/Nov/10
Further to The Jayhawkers, in several scenes Fess was paired with legit 6'6" Don Megowan so as to divert attention from Fess towering over everyone else in the cast. Megowan was one of the actors who played the Creature from the Black Lagoon in those movies. Henry Silva and Leo Gordon, both 6'2", looked short next to Fess. Even legit 6'4" Jeff Chandler seemed to be at times three inches shorter than Fess. In one scene Fess is barefoot and still looks 6'6" alongside one of his co stars.
larry said on 3/Apr/06
Frank2 - Sorry about the late reply. "Camping out" with slaves... er, I mean: GRADUATE STUDENTS in Montana now. Oh, post DIVORCE ire, huh! :-) Dan Daily?! That's a SCREAM!!! And Daily was a dancer too (unlike Jeff). Yep: saw a screening of the new THE ALAMO IN San Antonio with my daughter. OK, it was more historically accurate AS FAR AS ANYONE KNOWS. It didn't play well in San Antonio EXCEPT with the historians BECAUSE (in this version) David Crockett was taken alive, then executed. I liked it, BUT I like the John Wayne movie too (even though I know some of the history was dubious). Of course I grew up with Fess Parker (all 6'5" plus) swinging away at the end! But Billy Bob did (IMO) a good job of portraying the man BEHIND the bigger than life legend. BTW: "Col" Crockett NEVER believed his own BS - he was supposed to have been a funny guy. He also was probably about 5'10" to 6' tall in real life. Don't know HOW tall Billy Bob Thornton is. In MY opinion as a South Texan AND a history buff the best movie version was THE LAST COMMAND with Sterling Hayden, Richard Calson, and Ernest Borgnine. Just to kind of stay on topic the heights of the main participants in the battle of The Alamo are NOW thought to be:
David Crockett - 5'11", 180 pounds
William Travis - 6'0", 170 pounds
James Bowie - 6'1", 190 pounds (though much thinner at the time of his death)
James Bonham - 6'2", 185 pounds
Santa Anna - 5'10", 175 pounds (yes, he was described as that height many times)
larry said on 2/Apr/06
Thank you Frank2! :-) a 6'3" cross-dresser? Must have looked like Tugboat Annie!!! The Thimblerig character Conreid played played was based on a historical character: James Erastis Stewart. He was played by Denver Pyle in John Wayne's THE ALAMO. SUPPOSEDLY he was an ancestor of ours. But EVERYONE in Texas claims they had an ancestor who died at the Alamo! :-) If they'd had that many men they would have won!
Frank2 said on 1/Apr/06
Jeff Chandler was 6'3". (not in heels! Hahahahahaha!) Buddy Ebson was also 6'3". I met him on the set of The Beverly Hillbillies. Hans Conreid was a good friend of my family and I saw him frequently. He was about 6'2". And for those who still think Danny Thomas was nearly 6', please check out one of the episodes of Make Room For Daddy where Conreid played Danny's Uncle Tonoose and you'll see quite clearly that Thomas was just 5'10" Conreid is a good four inches taller.
I'd say that Fess Parker was closer to 6'6". He wasn't much shorter than James Arness in Them.
larry said on 1/Apr/06
That movie was called THE JAYHAWKERS. Fess looked 2-3 inches taller than Jeff Chandler, but how tall was Jeff Chandler? Where's Frank2? Also Fess looked at least 2" taller than Budy Ebsen and Hans Conreid in the DAVY CROCKETT series. Weren't they both 6' 2 or 3"?