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1883 - 1939
The actor Douglas Fairbanks began at an amateur theater at the age of 12 and continued his career during the school time.
His family moved to New York in 1900 and Douglas Fairbanks attended Harvard. After that he travelled through Europe and earned his first money with different jobs.
He made his stage debut on Broadway with "Her Lord and Master" in 1902 and five years later he left the world of theater in order to get married with a daughter of an industrialist. From this marriage comes the actor Douglas Fairbanks jr.. When his father-in-law lost his fortune at the stock exchange, Douglas Fairbanks returned to the theater.
He went to Hollywood in 1915 and worked for D.W. Griffith. His first three movies were directed by Christy Cabanne - "The Lamb" (15), "Martyrs of the Alamo" (15) and "Double Trouble" (15). Already one year later he founded his own production company and had first successes with "The Half-Breed" (16), "Manhattan Madness" (16), "The Matrimaniac" (16), "The Americano" (16), "Down to Earth" (17) and "A Modern Musketeer" (17).
During a Liberty Bond Tour in 1917 he met actress Mary Pickford. He fall in love with her and they got married in 1920. They also founded together with Charles Chaplin and D.W. Griffith the United Artists company.
Doublas Fairbanks became a superstar of cinema in the 20's who had a
huge fan community as a romantic hero and who impressed the audience
with artistic abilities. Most of his stunts he practised in person.
The sound film did no longer offer him work. After the movies "Reaching for the Moon" (30), "Mr. Robinson Crusoe" (32) and "The Private Live of Don Juan" (34) he retired and became a private person. Unfortunately he had only five more years to live before a heart attacked ended his life.
Douglas Fairbanks belonged to the 36 foundation members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1928 and he became the first president. He got posthumous an Honowary Award in 1940.
Douglas Fairbanks was not only an actor, but also produced a lot of
his movies and he wrote scripts with his pseudonym Elton Thomas. He directed
two movies - "Arizona" (18) and "Around the World in 80 Minutes" (31).
Other movies with Douglas Fairbanks: