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Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Name in Native Language: "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr." (English/EN)
Actor / Officer (armed Forces) / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 12/09/1909 († 90, 05/07/2000) | New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr., (December 9, 1909 – May 7, 2000) was an American actor, producer and decorated naval officer of World War II. He is best known for starring in such films as The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Gunga Din (1939) and The Corsican Brothers (1941). He was the son of actor Douglas Fairbanks and was once married to Joan Crawford. ()
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Although he appeared in approximately 100 movies or television shows, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. never really intended to take up acting as a career. However, the environment he was born into and the circumstances naturally led him to be a thespian.The son of future silent era swashbuckling idol Douglas Fairbanks (born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman) and Beth Sully, the daughter of a very wealthy cotton mogul, was born in 1909 and soon proved a gifted boy. To the end of his life he remained a multi-talented, hyperactive man, not content to appear in the 100 films mentioned above. Handsome, distinguished and extremely bright, he excelled at sports (much like his father), notably during his stay at the Military Academy in 1919 (his role in Claude Autant-Lara's "L'athlète incomplete" illustrated these abilities). He also excelled academically, and attended the Lycéee Janson de Sailly in Paris, where he had followed his divorced mother. Very early in his life he developed a taste for the arts as well and became a painter and sculptor.Not content to limiting himself to just one field, he became involved in business, in fields as varied as mining, hotel management, owning a chain of bowling alleys and a firm that manufactured popcorn. During World War II he headed London's Douglas Voluntary Hospital (an establishment taking care of war refugees), was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's special envoy for the Special Mission to South America in 1940 before becoming a lieutenant in the Navy (he was promoted to the rank of captain in 1954) and taking part in the Allies' landing in Sicily and Elba in 1943. A fervent Anglophile, Fairbanks was knighted in 1949 and often entertained Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in his London mansion, "The Boltons".His film career began at the age of 13 when he was signed by Paramount Pictures. He debuted in Stephen Steps Out (1923), but the film flopped and his career stagnated despite a critically acclaimed role in Stella Dallas (1925). Things really picked up when he married Lucille Le Sueur, a young starlet who was soon to become better known as Joan Crawford. The young couple became the toast of the town and good parts and success followed, such as Fairbanks' role as the hapless partner of Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar (1931), a favorably reviewed turn as the villain in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), or more debonair characters in slapstick comedies or adventure yarns.The 1930s were a fruitful period for Fairbanks, his most memorable role probably being that of the British soldier in Gunga Din (1939); although it was somewhat of a "swasbuckling" role, Fairbanks made a point of never imitating his father.After World War II, his star waned and, despite a moving part in Ghost Story (1981), he did not appear in a major movie. Now a legend himself, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. left this world with the satisfaction of having lived up to the Fairbanks name at the end of a life nobody could call "wasted". He died on 7May 2000 inNew York City, New York, the result of a heart attack.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Knight Commander of The Order of The British Empire Legionnaire of Legion of Merit Legion of Honour Silver Star Order of the Southern Cross Commander's Cross of The Order of Merit of The Federal Republic of Germany Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Movies with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Actor(105)

2009 Endgame
as Himself (Archive Footage)2008 Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies
as Himself (archive footage)2001 Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
as himself1987 Hollywood Uncensored
as Eli Camperdown1986 Strong Medicine
as Himself (archive footage)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as himself1983 The Mikado
as himself1982 The Gondoliers
as himself1982 H.M.S. Pinafore
as himself1982 Iolanthe
as himself1982 Patience
as himself1982 Princess Ida
as himself1982 Ruddigore
as himself1982 The Sorcerer
as himself1982 Trial By Jury
as himself1982 Cox and Box
as Edward Charles Wanderley1981 Ghost Story
as himself1980 From Raquel with Love
as Malcolm Philpott1980 The Hostage Tower
as Rex Willoughby1972 The Crooked Hearts
as Millionaire1968 Red and Blue
as Himself - Host1954 The Awakening
as The Genie1953 The Genie
as Donald 'Don' Drake1951 Mister Drake's Duck
as Dr. John Marlowe1950 State Secret
as The O'Flynn1949 The Fighting O'Flynn
as Colonel Ladislas Karolyi Teglas / The Duke1948 That Lady in Ermine
as Sinbad1947 Sinbad the Sailor
as Charles II1947 The Exile
as Lucien Franchi / Mario Franchi1941 The Corsican Brothers
as Bill O'Brien1940 Angels Over Broadway
as Jim Logan1940 Safari
as Keith Brandon1940 Green Hell
as David 'Davie' Gillespie1939 Rulers of the Sea
as Sgt. Thomas Ballantine1939 Gunga Din
as John Randolph1939 The Sun Never Sets
as Daniel 'Dan' Brewster1938 Joy of Living
as Richard Carleton1938 The Young in Heart
as Chick Kirkland1938 Having Wonderful Time
as Jim Trevor1938 The Rage of Paris
as Rupert of Hentzau1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
as Ricky Morgan1937 Jump for Glory
as John Beverley aka Barnabas Barty1936 The Amateur Gentleman
as Tony Seymour1936 Accused
as Rodolphe1935 Mimi
as Tony Woodward1935 Man of the Moment
as Grand Duke Peter1934 The Rise of Catherine the Great
as Joe Martin1934 Success at Any Price
as Lieutenant Fred Digby1933 Captured!
as Bill Keller1933 Parachute Jumper
as Fred Blake1933 The Narrow Corner
as Joseph Sheridan1933 Morning Glory
as Charles 'Chick' Miller1932 Union Depot
as Baron Nikita 'Nikki' Krasnoff1932 Scarlet Dawn
as Scott 'Scotty' McClenahan1932 It's Tough to Be Famous
as James 'Jimmy' Russell1932 Love Is a Racket
as Larry O'Brien1931 I Like Your Nerve
as himself1931 The Stolen Jools
as Jack Ingleside1931 Chances
as Joe Massara1931 Little Caesar
as Douglas 'Doug' Scot1930 The Dawn Patrol
as Billy Bear1930 The Way of All Men
as Norman Overbeck1930 Little Accident
as Dick Rollins1930 One Night at Susie's
as Jay Rountree1930 Party Girl
as Henry1930 Outward Bound
as Gil1930 Loose Ankles
as Douglas Stratton1929 Fast Life
as Gil Jordan1929 Our Modern Maidens
as Wyn1929 The Careless Age
as Ambrose in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number1929 Show of Shows
as Clem Rogers1928 The Power of the Press
as Chris Miller1928 The Barker
as Vernon Keith1928 Dead Man's Curve
as Steve1928 The Toilers
as Jeffry Merrick1928 A Woman of Affairs
as Jeff Sanford1927 Man Bait
as Jerry Croker-Kelley1927 Women Love Diamonds
as Triton1926 The American Venus
as Sonny Galloway1926 Padlocked
as Sandy1925 The Air Mail
as Richard Grosvenor1925 Stella Dallas
as Chess Weymer1925 Wild Horse Mesa

TV Shows/Series with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Actor(11)

Movies with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Crew(19)

Production/Producer1958 Chase a Crooked Shadow
Production/Executive Producer1956 The Silken Affair
Production/Producer1955 Police Dog
Production/Producer1953 The Genie
Production/Producer1951 Mister Drake's Duck
Production/Casting1950 Night and the City
Writing/Writer1949 The Fighting O'Flynn
Production/Producer1949 The Fighting O'Flynn
Writing/Writer1947 The Exile
Production/Producer1947 The Exile
Production/Associate Producer1940 Angels Over Broadway
Production/Producer1937 Jump for Glory
Production/Producer1936 The Amateur Gentleman
Production/Producer1936 Accused
Crew/Additional Dialogue1932 Scarlet Dawn

Full Name: Douglas Fairbanks
Born: Thursday, 12/09 1909 (December) in New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Sunday, 05/07 2000 (May) in New York City (aged: 90)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Collegiate School, Harvard-Westlake School
Employer: Warner Bros.
Spouses (current/former): Joan Crawford, Mary Lee Epling
Children: Daphne Nancy Beth Fairbanks, Victoria Susan Fairbanks, Melissa Louise Fairbanks
Mother: Anna Beth Sully
Other names for Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Douglas Elton Ulman Fairbanks Jr."
"Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr."
"Douglas Fairbanks Jnr."
"Doug Fairbanks"
"Douglas Fairbanks junior"
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. frequently works together with these people:
Alexander Faris (12x, Crew)
Loretta Young (12x, Actress)
W.S. Gilbert (11x, Crew)
Arthur Sullivan (10x, Crew)
Edward G. Robinson (7x, Actor)
Spencer Tracy (7x, Actor)
Dave Heather (7x, Crew)
Charlie Chaplin (6x, Crew)
Cary Grant (6x, Actor)
Darryl F. Zanuck (6x, Crew)
Ernest Haller (6x, Crew)
Nanette Fabray (5x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:12352, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 12/31/2021