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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Douglas Fairbanks Quotes:

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

Don Juan: Marriage is like a beleaguered city. Those that are out want to get in; those that are in want to get out.

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

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Performed most of the stunts in his films himself. He was an excellent athlete and used his physical abilities to his best advantage. However, there were instances when a stuntman was used (as proved by outtakes from The Gaucho (1927)), as these types of stunts were deemed too risky for the star.

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