Douglas Fairbanks

Actor, Screenwriter and Producer Douglas Fairbanks

Full Name: Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman
Profession: Actor, Screenwriter and Producer

United States of America

Biography: Douglas Fairbanks starting acting on stage as a teenager, and worked his way to Broadway before establishing himself in silent films in 1915.

He worked in a variety of genres, but became famous for his work in swashbuckling adventures such as "The Mark of Zorro"; "The Three Musketeers"; and "Robin Hood". He retired from acting in 1934, shortly after the introduction of 'talkies'.

He co-founded United Artists with Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith in 1919. He was among the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in 1927.

He was married three times, most notably to "America's Sweetheart", Mary Pickford, from 1920 to 1936. He had one child, actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. with his first wife, in 1909.

Born: May 23, 1883
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: December 12, 1939 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

Historical Events

  • 1919-02-05 Hollywood film studio United Artists founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D. W. Griffith
  • 1920-11-27 "The Mark of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film
  • 1924-03-18 Silent film classic "The Thief of Bagdad" based on One Thousand and One Nights, starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Raoul Walsh is released