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Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Fess Parker, best known for playing Daniel Boone in a 1960s television series, died Thursday at his home near Santa Barbara, California, his publicist said. He was 85.
Parker followed his acting career with successful hotel and winery ventures around Santa Barbara.
A statement issued by his family did not reveal the cause of death.
Parker is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marcella, their son and daughter, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild who "spent a great deal of time with Fess in his final months and weeks," the statement said.
A native of Texas, Parker served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before graduating from the University of Texas-Austin in 1950.