Douglas Fairbanks Overview:

Legendary actor, Douglas Fairbanks, was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman on May 23, 1883 in Denver, CO. Fairbanks died at the age of 56 on Dec 12, 1939 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles County, CA.


Florid, mustachioed, ever-cheerful, athletic American actor, one of the biggest stars of the Hollywood silent era, and its swashbuckler par excellence, doing all his own spectacular stunts against equally spectacular sets. When sound came, his time was over. Married to Mary Pickford (second of three) from 1920 to 1936. Father of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (by first wife). Died from a heart attack. Awarded a special Oscar in 1939.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Douglas Fairbanks's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #1 on Apr 30, 1927. In addition, Fairbanks was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1984. Fairbanks was never nominated for an Academy Award. However he won one Honorary Award in 1939 (Commemorative Award) - recognizing the unique and outstanding contribution of Douglas Fairbanks, first President of the Academy, to the international development of the motion picture.

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The Cohen Media Group and Kino Lorber have released a magnificent silent movie double feature on Blu-ray, featuring the legendary . THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1921) and THE IRON MASK (1929) are on this Region A disc, and the sources for both films are from recent major restorations. Alex... Read full article

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars?? The One and Only

By Lea Stans on Dec 17, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars?? The One and Only With his endless energy, impressive athletic skills, muscular physique, and winning smile, was the all-American role model that the early 20th century needed. His films were good, clean, old-fashioned fun... Read full article

Quote: Jr. on Ernst Lubitsch

By KC on Jan 27, 2019 From Classic Movies

He never forgot that dialogue should complement, not replace, what is essentially a visual medium. - Jr., about Ernst Lubitsch Quote Source... Read full article

Happy Birthday : Five Swashbuckling Facts

By KC on May 23, 2016 From Classic Movies

Image Source Though he is mostly only remembered by classic movie fans today, actor, producer and studio owner was one of the most important and influential figures of early Hollywood. He was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, presented at the or... Read full article

Safari (1940) with Jr.

By Orson DeWelles on May 12, 2016 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! It’s a Safari of Love! Burning sands . . . burning lips! It’s night-time on the glamorous Nile! Let?s back the truck up for a moment before looking at this week?s picture, 1940?s Safari with Jr. and Madeleine Carroll.? It?s again a good exercise to ... Read full article

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Douglas Fairbanks Quotes:

Don Juan: Lovely little girl!
Leporello: She'd look awful by daylight.
Don Juan: Well, who wants to see her by daylight?

Don Cesar de Vega: My father always said, "When you are in the right, fight; when you are in the wrong, acknowledge it."

Don Cesar de Vega: My father always said, "When life plays a trick on you, play a trick on the trick."

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