- NAME: Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Producer
- BIRTH DATE: May 23, 1883
- DEATH DATE: December 12, 1939
- EDUCATION: Colorado School of Mines, East Denver High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Denver, Colorado
- PLACE OF DEATH: Santa Monica, California
- Originally: Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman
- AKA: Douglas Elton Ullman
- AKA: Douglas Elton Thomas Ulman
- AKA: Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
- AKA: Douglas Fairbanks
- AKA: Douglas Elton Ulman
- AKA: Douglas Ulman
- AKA: Douglas Ullman
- AKA: Elton Thomas
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Silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (1883–39) teamed up with his wife, Mary Pickford; Charlie Chaplin; and D.W. Griffith to launch United Artists in 1919.
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Fairbanks often played swashbuckling heroes in his films, including Zorro in 1920's The Mark of Zorro. The following year, he played Comte d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1921). One of his most well-regarded films, The Thief of Bagdad, was released in 1924. Two years later, he achieved another wave of success with The Black Pirate.
By the end of the decade, however, Fairbanks's career had begun to fade. In 1929,
he co-starred with Pickford in a film adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. By the time this movie was made, however, Fairbanks's relationship with Pickford had begun to crumble—and their dissolving union wasn't helped by the fact that their movie proved to be a commercial disappointment.
Fairbanks and Pickford, Hollywood's once-beloved couple, parted ways in 1933, officially divorcing three years later. With his career also at an end by this time, Fairbanks made his final film appearance in The Private Life of Don Juan (1934). While separated from Pickford, he had become involved with Lady Sylvia Ashley. He married Lady Ashley in March 1936.
After marrying for the third time, Fairbanks retired from acting. He died of a heart attack on December 12, 1939, at the age of 56, at his home in Santa Monica, California.
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