Fess Parker, who played Crockett in 1954, and Boone between 1964 and 1970, jokes that Boone must have been the first person in the Witness Protection Program because he had the same coonskin cap as Crockett and the same buckskin suit, just a different name.
Parker considers his portrayal of Boone to be more mature than his Crockett, in part because there were only five hours of Crockett filmed compared to 165 Boone episodes.
But while Boone was a long-running series, Parker says it was almost canceled in the first season due to low ratings.
In fact, the show was only saved from the chopping block after co-star Ed Aames appeared on Johnny Carson and threw a tomahawk into the crotch of a cardboard cutout, creating the longest laugh in television history.
The first two seasons of Daniel Boone will be released on DVD this Tuesday (Sept. 26).
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