Fairbanks, Douglas


Fairbanks, Douglas

biographical name


Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate.—Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

(born May 23, 1883, Denver, Colo., U.S.—died Dec. 12, 1939, Santa Monica, Calif.) U.S. film actor. Fairbanks was a Broadway star by 1910, noted for his exuberance and physical agility. He made his film debut in The Lamb (1915). As cofounder of United Artists (1919), he produced and starred in such films as The Mark of Zorro (1920), Robin Hood (1922), and The Thief of Baghdad (1924). His films were so popular that he was called the “King of Hollywood” in the 1920s. His 15-year marriage to Mary Pickford ended in 1935. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (b. Dec. 9, 1909, New York, N.Y., U.S.—d. May 7, 2000, New York City), Fairbanks's son by his first wife, was a debonair leading man in U.S. and British films, including Catherine the Great (1934), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), and State Secret (1950). In the 1960s he hosted and sometimes acted in the British TV drama series Douglas Fairbanks Presents.


Fairbanks, Douglas orig. Douglas Elton Ulman

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