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Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Biography

Son of the famous silent professional who starred within the Prisoner of Zenda. In 1947, he made an appearance in Sinbad the Sailor, and in 1981, he made an appearance in Ghost Tale. He once proved helpful as a Wall structure Street clerk with a hardware shop. One of is own earliest movies was Stephen Techniques Out. Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin inspired him to keep performing early in his profession. He married celebrity Joan Crawford in 1929, but their romantic relationship finished after her affair with professional Clark Gable. He wedded Mary Pickford after divorcing his first wife.

Quick Facts


Full Name Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Date Of Birth December 9, 1909
Died May 7, 2000, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Denver, CO
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Vera Shelton, Mary Lee Eppling, Joan Crawford
Children Daphne Fairbanks, Melissa Fairbanks, Victoria Fairbanks
Parents Douglas Fairbanks, Anna Beth Sully
Awards Legion of Merit, War Cross for Military Valor, Legion of Honour, Croix de guerre 1939–1945, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Order of the British Empire
Movies Gunga Din, The Prisoner of Zenda, Little Caesar, The Young in Heart, Ghost Story, Sinbad the Sailor, The Rage of Paris, The Corsican Brothers, Stephen Steps Out, Our Modern Maidens, The Dawn Patrol, A Woman of Affairs, Morning Glory, The Rise of Catherine the Great, Having Wonderful Time, Angels Over Broadway, Joy of Living, The Exile, Union Depot, Parachute Jumper, Scarlet Dawn, That Lady in Ermine, Green Hell, Love Is a Racket, Loose Ankles, The Power of the Press, The Barker, State Secret, Outward Bound, Mister Drake's Duck, The Life of Jimmy Dolan, I Like Your Nerve, Success at Any Price, Rulers of the Sea, The Hostage Tower, The Amateur Gentleman, Chase a Crooked Shadow, The Narrow Corner, The Forward Pass, It's Tough to Be Famous, Jump for Glory, Man of the Moment, Women Love Diamonds, The Sun Never Sets, Accused, The Crooked Hearts, Wild Horse Mesa, The Air Mail, One Night at Susie's, The Fighting O'Flynn, The Jazz Age
TV Shows Douglas Fairbanks Presents
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
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#Fact
1 His second wife Mary Lee, to whom he was married for almost 50 years, had been the first wife of A&P heir Huntington Hartford.
2 He was offered the role of Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) but turned it down, as he did not want to be seen as aping his father Douglas Fairbanks' performance in Robin Hood (1922).
3 His knowledge of French was so good that he played in French-language films in the early talkie era made in Hollywood for French consumption.
4 Westridge--his California Spanish-style estate--was sold to Steven Spielberg.
5 In addition to publishing two volumes of autobiography--"The Salad Days" (1988) and "A Hell of a War" (1993)--he collaborated with Richard Schickel on the illustrated survey of both he and father Douglas Fairbanks called "The Fairbanks Album" (1975) and Jeffrey Vance with a critical study/biography of Fairbanks Sr., ultimately published as "Douglas Fairbanks" (2008).
6 He was announced to star in the first film for Fairbanks-International, his father's new company, in 1939, entitled "The Californian," but plans were canceled following the death of his father, Douglas Fairbanks He received the news that his father was weakening while shooting night scenes for Safari (1939), but by the time he arrived his father had already passed away.
7 Had eight grandchildren from his three daughters with Mary Lee Eppling.
8 A heavy drinker.
9 He was awarded three Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6318 Hollywood Blvd., for Radio at 6710 Hollywood Blvd. and for Television at 6661 Hollywood Blvd.
10 Interviewed in "Talking to the Piano Player: Silent Film Stars, Writers and Directors Remember" by Stuart Oderman (BearManor Media).
11 Host of an entertaining introductory film shown to visitors of the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C.
12 Brother-in-law of Hal Le Sueur.
13 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 196-197. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
14 Was awarded the British Distinguished Service Cross, the French Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre with Palm for his services during World War II.
15 Had three daughters with Mary Lee Eppling; Daphne Nancy-Beth Fairbanks (born April 8, 1940), Victoria Susan Fairbanks (born 1942) and Melissa Louise Fairbanks (born October 25, 1947).
16 His father, Douglas Fairbanks, was his best man at his marriage to Mary Lee Eppling.
17 He held the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit with V for valor in combat device from the U.S. government for his combat service in PT boats and gunboats.
18 He had a lifelong, cultivated interest in international affairs. In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him a special envoy to South America.
19 Cousin-in-law of Owen Crump.
20 Nephew of Robert Fairbanks, John Fairbanks.
21 Cousin of Lucile Fairbanks.
22 Created an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1949
23 His death was reported on the front page of the Times in London and Buckingham Palace expressed its condolences on his demise
24 Interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in same crypt with father, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
B.L. Stryker 1989 TV Series White
Strong Medicine 1986 TV Movie Eli Camperdown
Ghost Story 1981 Edward Wanderley
The Love Boat 1979-1981 TV Series Elliott Banning / Elliot Norman / Elliott Norman
The Hostage Tower 1980 TV Movie Malcolm Philpott
Kingdom of Gifts 1978 The Proud King (voice)
The Art of Film 1976 TV Series Narrator
The Crooked Hearts 1972 TV Movie Rex Willoughby
The Legend of Robin Hood 1968 TV Series King Richard
Red and Blue 1967 Short The Nillionaire
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series Mr. Otis
The Bruce Forsyth Show 1966 TV Series
Dr. Kildare 1964 TV Series Dr. Robert Devlin
The Red Skelton Hour 1964 TV Series Colonel Nigel Fitztitely
The United States Steel Hour 1962-1963 TV Series Host
The DuPont Show of the Week 1962 TV Series Hans Harben
Route 66 1962 TV Series Charles Clayton
Rheingold Theatre 1953-1956 TV Series Kurt 'Scarface' Remo / Hank / The Genie / ...
Faccia da mascalzone 1956
Destination Milan 1954
The Last Moment 1954 George Griffin
The Red Dress 1954 Narrator
Thought to Kill 1954 Narrator
Three's Company 1954 Narrator / Anthony (segment "The Scream' story)
The Triangle 1953 Francois Villon (segment "A Lodging for the Night")
The Genie 1953 The Genie (segment "The Genie")
Sure As Fate 1951 TV Series Guest
Mister Drake's Duck 1951 Donald 'Don' Drake
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1950 TV Series John Deacon January
The Great Manhunt 1950 Dr. John Marlowe
The Fighting O'Flynn 1949 The O'Flynn
That Lady in Ermine 1948 Colonel Ladislas Karolyi Teglas / The Duke
The Exile 1947 Charles Stuart (Charles II)
Sinbad, the Sailor 1947 Sinbad
The Corsican Brothers 1941 Lucien Franchi Mario Franchi
Angels Over Broadway 1940 Bill O'Brien
Safari 1940 Jim Logan
Green Hell 1940 Keith Brandon
Rulers of the Sea 1939 David Gillespie
The Sun Never Sets 1939 John Randolph
Gunga Din 1939 Ballantine
The Young in Heart 1938 Richard Carleton
Having Wonderful Time 1938 Chick Kirkland
The Rage of Paris 1938 Jim Trevor
Joy of Living 1938 Dan
The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 Rupert of Hentzau
When Thief Meets Thief 1937 Ricky Morgan
Accused 1936 Tony Seymour
The Amateur Gentleman 1936 John Beverley aka Barnabas Barty
Man of the Moment 1935 Tony (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
Mimi 1935 Rodolphe
Success at Any Price 1934 Joe Martin
The Rise of Catherine the Great 1934 Grand Duke Peter (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
Captured! 1933 Lieutenant Jack 'Dig' Digby
Morning Glory 1933 Joseph Sheridan
The Narrow Corner 1933 Fred Blake
The Life of Jimmy Dolan 1933 Jimmy
Parachute Jumper 1933 Bill Keller
Scarlet Dawn 1932 Nikita Krasnoff
Love Is a Racket 1932 Jimmy Russell
L'athlète incomplet 1932 Fred Miller
It's Tough to Be Famous 1932 Scott 'Scotty' McClenahan
Union Depot 1932 Chick Miller
I Like Your Nerve 1931 Larry O'Brien
Chances 1931 Jack Ingleside
The Stolen Jools 1931 Short Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
L'aviateur 1931
Little Caesar 1931 Joe Massara
One Night at Susie's 1930 Dick Rollins
Outward Bound 1930 Henry
The Way of All Men 1930 Billy Bear
Little Accident 1930 Norman Overbeck
The Dawn Patrol 1930 Douglas Scott
Loose Ankles 1930 Gil Hayden
Party Girl 1930 Jay Rountree
The Show of Shows 1929 Ambrose in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
The Forward Pass 1929 Marty Reid
The Careless Age 1929 Wyn
Our Modern Maidens 1929 Gil
Fast Life 1929 Douglas Stratton
The Jazz Age 1929 Steve Maxwell
A Woman of Affairs 1928 Jeffry
The Barker 1928 Chris Miller
The Power of the Press 1928 Clem Rogers
The Toilers 1928 Steve
Modern Mothers 1928 David Starke
Dead Man's Curve 1928 Vernon Keith
A Texas Steer 1927 Farleigh Bright
Is Zat So? 1927 G. Clifton Blackburn
Women Love Diamonds 1927 Jerry Croker-Kelley
Man Bait 1927 Jeff Sanford
Broken Hearts of Hollywood 1926 Hal Terwilliger
Padlocked 1926 Sonny Galloway
The American Venus 1926 Triton
Stella Dallas 1925 Richard Grosvenor
Wild Horse Mesa 1925 Chess Weymer
The Air Mail 1925 Sandy
Stephen Steps Out 1923 Stephen Harlow Jr.
The Three Musketeers 1921 Boy (uncredited)
American Aristocracy 1916 Newsboy (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chase a Crooked Shadow 1958 producer
Rheingold Theatre TV Series executive producer - 35 episodes, 1954 - 1957 producer - 24 episodes, 1953 - 1954
The Silken Affair 1956 executive producer
Police Dog 1955 producer - uncredited
The Last Moment 1954 executive producer
The Red Dress 1954 producer
Thought to Kill 1954 executive producer
Three's Company 1954 executive producer
The Genie 1953 producer
Terry and the Pirates 1953 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Mister Drake's Duck 1951 producer - uncredited
The Fighting O'Flynn 1949 producer
The Exile 1947 producer
Angels Over Broadway 1940 associate producer
When Thief Meets Thief 1937 producer
Accused 1936 producer
The Amateur Gentleman 1936 producer - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fighting O'Flynn 1949 performer: "IRISH RECRUITING SONG" - uncredited
That Lady in Ermine 1948 performer: "Ooh! What I'll Do To That Wild Hungarian", "This Is the Moment" - uncredited
Joy of Living 1938 performer: "You Couldn't Be Cuter" 1938, "Wiener Blut Viennese Blood, Op.354" 1873 - uncredited
Man of the Moment 1935 performer: "Chopsticks" 1877 - uncredited
The Dawn Patrol 1930 performer: "Plum and Apple" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fighting O'Flynn 1949 writer
The Exile 1947 written by
Scarlet Dawn 1932 contributor to dialogue - uncredited

Casting Director

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Night and the City 1950 uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Party 1959 TV Series conductor - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Another Man's Poison 1951 presenter

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mary Pickford: A Life on Film 1997 Documentary special thanks - as Mr. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Hollywood 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary thanks - 1 episode
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation - as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Himself
Starring Katharine Hepburn 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
Hour Magazine 1981 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary Special 1981 TV Special Himself
From Raquel with Love 1980 TV Movie Himself
Parkinson 1972-1980 TV Series Himself
Great Railway Journeys of the World 1980 TV Series documentary Himself
The British Greats 1980 TV Series Himself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself
Hollywood 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
All-Star Family Feud Special 1980 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
Circus of the Stars #4 1979 TV Special documentary Himself - Ringmaster
Hollywood Greats 1979 TV Series documentary Himself
All-Star Salute to Pearl Bailey 1979 TV Movie Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1978 TV Movie Himself
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee 1978 TV Special Himself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show 1965-1978 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
The Amazing Years of Cinema 1976 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
The Elstree Story 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1968-1975 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Celebrity Squares 1975 TV Series Himself
Stars on Sunday 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Target Tirpitz 1973 Documentary Himself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1973 TV Series Himself
The Pearl Bailey Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Brian Connell Interview 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Omnibus 1970 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
NBC Experiment in Television 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951-1969 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself
The Jonathan Winters Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1968 TV Series Himself
The Pat Boone Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest
You Don't Say 1968 TV Series Himself
The Funniest Man in the World 1967 Documentary Narrator
Studio of the Stars: The Elstree Story 1967 TV Movie documentary Himself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Capulet
The Bob Hope Show 1956-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Today 1965 TV Series Himself
The Celebrity Game 1965 TV Series Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Cinépanorama 1965 TV Series documentary Himself
Get the Message 1964 TV Series Himself
To Tell the Truth 1964 TV Series Himself
Password All-Stars 1961-1964 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Match Game 1963-1964 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
Wide World of Entertainment 1963 TV Movie Himself
I've Got a Secret 1957-1962 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959-1960 TV Series Himself
The Big Party 1959 TV Series Himself - Host
Chelsea at Nine 1958 TV Series Himself - Host
Chase a Crooked Shadow 1958 Himself - Epilogue (uncredited)
Rheingold Theatre 1953-1957 TV Series Himself - Host / Stephen / Manuel / ...
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Actor
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1951-1956 TV Series Himself / Himself - Mystery Guest #2 / Himself - Mystery Guest
Film Fanfare 1956 TV Series Himself
The Martha Raye Show 1955 TV Series Himself
The Kate Smith Evening Hour 1951 TV Series Himself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1951 TV Series Himself
The Faye Emerson Show 1950 TV Series Himself
Your Show of Shows 1950 TV Series Himself
Star Spangled Revue 1950 TV Movie Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 9: Sports in Hollywood 1940 Documentary short Himself, Tennis Fan
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-1939 1940 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood Goes to Town 1938 Short documentary Himself (as Young Fairbanks)
Hollywood on Parade No. A-3 1932 Short Himself
How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 10: 'Trouble Shots' 1931 Short Himself - Golfer (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 6 1931 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 1 1930 Short Himself
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee 1930 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 13 1930 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 11 1930 Short Himself, Newlywed
Hollywood Snapshots #11 1929 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 11 1924 Documentary short Himself
Mary Pickford: A Life on Film 1997 Documentary Himself
American Experience 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
The Complete Churchill 1992 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - 'Defend America by aiding the Allies', 1939 / Himself
Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990 1990 TV Movie documentary Host
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
Jameson Tonight 1990 TV Series Himself (1990)
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
La parada 1989 TV Series Himself
The Dame Edna Experience 1989 TV Series Himself
Going Hollywood: The War Years 1988 Documentary Himself
Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
Talking Pictures 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Uncensored 1987 Documentary Himself - Host
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1984 Documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
Bob Hope's Salute to NASA: 25 Years of Reaching for the Stars 1983 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 1983 TV Series Himself
The Pirates of Penzance 1982 TV Movie Himself
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women 2014 Documentary Himself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Zeitenblicke - Jetzt ist Hallstatt Zeit 2008 TV Movie Himself
Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies 2008 Documentary Himself
Gable and Crawford 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Little Caesar: End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero 2005 Video documentary short Himself
On Location with 'Gunga Din' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Checking Out: Grand Hotel 2004 Video documentary short Himself - At the premiere
American Masters 2001-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Bob Hope at 100 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories 2000 Video documentary Himself
Das Dritte Reich - In Farbe 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present 1993 TV Special Himself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Joe Massara
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Himself
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Himself
Hollywood Mothers and Fathers 1955 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots: Spike Jones in Hollywood 1953 Short Himself
The Costume Designer 1950 Short
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 10: Famous Fathers and Sons 1946 Documentary short Himself
Personality Parade 1938 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6318 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6661 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 6710 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
Gunga Din (1939) $117,000

#Quote
1 Like many beautiful women, New York looks wonderful from a distance. From across the river. But the closer you come, the more you see the makeup. Sure, the Algonquin Hotel is still here. I roller-skated across the lobby as a boy. And the Netherland Hotel is now the Sherry Netherland. And there's bits and pieces of the Upper West Side I still know. But how dirty it all is now. And dangerous. But it's still exciting and it's still my home. So I'm loyal to it, in a way.
2 [on Joan Crawford] She was always so arduous and working so hard at everything; at dancing, on her looks, on her speech and on her carriage. She was dedicated to self-improvement.
3 [on Irene Dunne] Nothing is instinctive, everything she does is very carefully thought out, she knows her camera and lighting as well as any cameraman, she knows every movement, every intonation, every nuance. She's a first-class craftswoman. But instead of being dull and perfect, she's absolutely enchanting and perfect.
4 [on Edward G. Robinson] I will never forget the pleasure and instruction I derived from working with a true master of his art, such as Edward G. Robinson was--and is. Surely his record for versatility, studied characterization--ranging from modern colloquial to the classics--and artistic integrity is unsurpassed. Furthermore, everyone who has worked with him recalls with pleasure his considerable personal charm.
5 [in 1990] I suppose many people don't even know if I'm still alive--well, perhaps I'm not.
6 I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy.
7 I was only saying to the Queen the other day how I hate name dropping . . .


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