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Fairbanks, Douglas,

1883–1939, American movie actor, b. Denver. From 1901 to 1914, Fairbanks appeared on stage in light comedies. In 1915 he began making movies, becoming the swashbuckling hero of his day in such films as The Mark of Zorro (1921), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922), and The Thief of Bagdad (1924). He was married (1920–35) to Mary PickfordPickford, Mary,
1893–1979, American movie actress, b. Toronto, Ont. In 1909 she began working with D. W. Griffith. Specializing in playing young girls, she was dubbed "America's Sweetheart.
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, and together with Charlie ChaplinChaplin, Charlie
(Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin), 1889–1977, English film actor, director, producer, writer, and composer, b. London. Chaplin began on the music-hall stage and then joined a pantomime troupe.
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 and D. W. GriffithGriffith, D. W.
(David Llewelyn Wark Griffith), 1875–1948, American movie director and producer, b. La Grange, Ky. Griffith was the first major American film director. He began his film career as an actor and a scenario writer in 1908 with the Biograph Company.
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 they formed United Artists studio.


See biographies by R. Hancock and L. Fairbanks (1935), R. Schickel (1974), and J. Vance and T. Maietta (2008).

His son,

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1909–2000, was also an actor.


See his autobiography (1988).

Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman
BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, U.S.
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
EducationDenver East High School

Fairbanks, Douglas


(real name, Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman). Born May 23, 1883, in Denver, Colo.; died Dec. 12, 1939, in Santa Monica, Calif. American motion-picture actor.

Fairbanks acted in the theater from 1909 to 1914 and made his debut in motion pictures in 1915. He appeared in such films as Double Trouble (1915) and American Aristocracy (1918). He performed the roles of an energetic and optimistic hero or a devil-may-care swashbuckler in such films as Wild and Woolly (1917), Reaching for the Moon (1917), A Modern Musketeer (1918), The Mark of Zorro (1920), Robin Hood (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924), The Black Pirate (1926), and The Private Life of Don Juan (1934). In 1917, Fairbanks began producing his own films; he later became a founder, with his wife (the actress Mary Pick-ford), D. W. Griffith, and C. S. Chaplin, of the United Artists Corporation.


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