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Douglas Fairbanks

Douglas Fairbanks
Personal information
Birth nameDouglas Elton Thomas Ullman
Birth dateMay 23, 1883
Place of birthDenver, Colorado,
United States
Date of deathDecember 12, 1939(age 56)
Death placeSanta Monica, California,
United States
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1915 1934
SpouseAnna Beth Sully (1907 1919)
Mary Pickford (1920 1936)
Sylvia Ashley (1936 1939)
ChildrenDouglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1909 2000)

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Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (May 23, 1883 December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro.

An astute businessman, Fairbanks was a founding member of United Artists. Fairbanks was also a founding member of The Motion Picture Academy and hosted the first Oscars Ceremony in 1929. With his marriage to Mary Pickford in 1920, the couple became Hollywood royalty with Fairbanks constantly referred to as "The King of Hollywood", a nickname later passed on to actor Clark Gable.

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