~A little fooling around at
the young United Artists~
~Portrait of Douglas Fairbanks with his
son and actor in his own right, Douglas
Fairbanks Jr.~
~Douglas Fairbanks~

Born: May 23, 1883 in Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: December 12, 1939 in Santa Monica, CA, USA

Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) ... Douglas Fairbanks - at Fictional Premiere (uncredited)
The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) ... Don Juan
Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932) ... Steve Drexel
Reaching for the Moon (1930) ... Larry Day
Terra Melophon Magazin Nr. 1 (Short) (episode "Welches ist ihr Typ") (1930)

The Taming of the Shrew (1929) ... Petruchio
The Iron Mask (1929) .... D'Artagnan
Show People (1928) ... Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
The Gaucho (1927) .... The Gaucho
The Black Pirate (1926) .... The Duke of Arnoldo
... aka The Black Pirate...
... aka The Black Buccaneer
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) (uncredited) .... Crowd extra in chariot race
... aka Ben-Hur (USA: short title)
Don Q Son of Zorro (1925) .... Don Cesar de Vega / Zorro
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) .... The Thief of Bagdad
Hollywood (1923) ... Himself
Robin Hood (1922) .... Earl of Huntingdon / Robin Hood
... aka Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (USA: complete title)
The Three Musketeers (1921) .... D'Artagnan
The Nut (1921/I) .... Charlie Jackson
The Mark of Zorro (1920) .... Don Diego Vega / Señor Zorro
The Mollycoddle (1920) .... Richard Marshall III, IV and V

When the Clouds Roll by (1919) .... Daniel Boone Brown
.. aka Cheer Up
His Majesty, the American (1919) .... William Brooks
The Knickerbocker Buckaroo (1919) .... Teddy Drake
Swat the Kaiser (1918)
Arizona (1918) .... Lt. Denton
Sic 'Em, Sam (1918) .... Democracy
He Comes Up Smiling (1918) .... Jerry Martin
Bound in Morocco (1918) .... George Travelwell
Say! Young Fellow (1918) .... The Young Fellow
Mr. Fix-It (1918) .... Dick Remington
Headin' South (1918) .... Headin' South
Swat the Kaiser (1918)
A Modern Musketeer (1917) .... Ned Thacker/D'Artagnan
Reaching for the Moon (1917) .... Alexis Caesar Napoleon Brown
The Man from Painted Post (1917) .... 'Fancy Jim' Sherwood
... aka Fancy Jim Sherwood (USA)
Down to Earth (1917) .... Billy Gaynor
... aka The Optimist (USA)
Wild and Woolly (1917) .... Jeff Hillington
In Again, Out Again (1917/II) .... Teddy Rutherford
All-Star Production of Patriotic Episodes for the Second Liberty Loan (1917)
The Americano (1916) .... Blaze Derringer
The Matrimaniac (1916) .... Jimmie Conroy
American Aristocracy (1916) .... Cassius Lee
Manhattan Madness (1916) .... Steve O'Dare
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) (uncredited) .... Man on White Horse
(French Story)
... aka Intolerance (USA: short title)
... aka Intolerance: A Sun-Play of the Ages (USA: copyright title)
The Half-Breed (1916) .... Lo Dorman
... aka The Carquinez Woods
Flirting with Fate (1916) .... Augy Holliday
... aka The Assassin
The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916) .... Coke Ennyday
Reggie Mixes In (1916) .... Reggie Van Deuzen
... aka Facing the Music
The Good Bad Man (1916) .... Passin' Through
... aka Passing Through
The Habit of Happiness (1916) .... Sunny Wiggins
... aka Laugh and the World Laughs
His Picture in the Papers (1916) .... Pete Prindle
Double Trouble (1915) .... Florian Amidon/Eugene Brassfield
Martyrs of the Alamo (1915) .... Joe/Texan Soldier
The Lamb (1915) .... Gerald


Mr. Robinson Crusoe (producer) (1932)
Reaching for the Moon (producer - uncredited) (1930)

The Iron Mask (producer - uncredited) (1929)
The Gaucho (producer - uncredited) (1927)
The Black Pirate (producer - uncredited) (1926)
Don Q Son of Zorro (producer - uncredited) (1925)
The Thief of Bagdad (producer) (1924)
Robin Hood (producer - uncredited) (1922)
The Three Musketeers (producer - uncredited) (1921)
The Nut (producer) (1921)
The Mark of Zorro (executive producer) (1920)
The Mollycoddle (producer) (1920)

When the Clouds Roll by (producer) (1919)
His Majesty, the American (producer) (1919)
The Knickerbocker Buckaroo (producer) (1919)
Arizona (producer) (1918)
He Comes Up Smiling (producer) (1918)
Bound in Morocco (producer) (1918)
Say! Young Fellow (producer) (1918)
Mr. Fix-It (producer) (1918)
Headin' South (producer) (1918)
A Modern Musketeer (producer - uncredited) (1917)
Reaching for the Moon (producer) (1917)
The Man from Painted Post (producer) (1917)
Down to Earth (producer) (1917)
Wild and Woolly (producer) (1917)
In Again, Out Again (producer) (1917)
The Good Bad Man (producer) (1916)


Mr. Robinson Crusoe (story - as Elton Thomas) (1932)

The Iron Mask (screenplay - uncredited) / (story - as Elton Thomas) / (titles - uncredited) (1929)
The Gaucho (story - as Elton Thomas) (1927)
The Black Pirate (story - as Elton Thomas) (1926)
The Thief of Bagdad (story - as Elton Thomas) (1924)
Robin Hood (story - as Elton Thomas) (1922)
The Three Musketeers (uncredited) (1921)
The Nut (as Elton Thomas) (1921)
The Mark of Zorro (scenario - uncredited) (1920)
The Mollycoddle (uncredited) (1920)

When the Clouds Roll by (story - uncredited) (1919)
His Majesty, the American (scenario - as Elton Banks) (1919)
The Knickerbocker Buckaroo (scenario - as Elton Banks) / (story - as Elton Banks) (1919)
Arizona (writer) (1918)
Bound in Morocco (screenplay - as Elton Thomas) / (story - as Elton Thomas) (1918)
The Man from Painted Post (scenario) (1917)
Down to Earth (story) (1917)
The Good Bad Man (1916)


Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks (Documentary) (as Douglas Fairbanks Sr.) (1931)

Arizona (1918)

~Miscellaneous Crew~

The Three Musketeers (presenter) (1921)
The Mollycoddle (supervisor - uncredited) (1920)
American actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr., instilled with a love of dramatics by his Shakespearean-scholar
father, was never fully satisfied with theatrical work. A born athlete and extrovert, Fairbanks felt the
borders of the stage were much too confining, even when his theatrical work allowed him to tour the
Fairbanks jumped at the chance to act in the film version of the old stage perennial The Lamb.
Fairbanks became the top moneymaker for the Triangle Film Company, starring in an average of 10
pictures a year for a weekly salary of $2000. He specialized in comedies--not the slapstick variety,
but free-wheeling farces in which he usually played a wealthy young man thirsting for adventure.
Fairbanks was a savvy businessman, and in 1919 he reasoned that he could have more control--and a
larger slice of the profits -- if he produced as well as starred in his pictures. Working in concert with
his actress-wife Mary Pickford (a star in her own right, billed as "America's Sweetheart"), his best
friend Charlie Chaplin, and pioneer director D. W. Griffith, Fairbanks formed a new film company,
United Artists. The notion of actors making their own movies led one film executive to wail, "The
lunatics have taken over the asylum!", but Fairbanks' studio was a sound investment, and soon other
actors were dabbling in the production end of the business. Still most successful in contemporary
comedies in 1920, Fairbanks decided to try a momentary change of pace, starring in the
swashbuckling The Mark of Zorro (1920). The public was enthralled, and for the balance of his silent
career Fairbanks specialized in lavish costume epics with plenty of fast-moving stunt work and
derring-do. While several of these films still hold their fascination today, notably The Thief of
Baghdad (1924) and The Black Pirate (1926), some historians argue that Fairbanks' formerly breezy
approach to moviemaking became ponderous, weighed down in too much spectacle for the Fairbanks
personality to fully shine.

When talkies came, Fairbanks wasn't intimidated, since he was stage-trained and had a robust
speaking voice; unfortunately, his first talking picture, 1929's Taming of the Shrew (in which he
co-starred with Mary Pickford), was an expensive failure. Fairbanks' talking pictures failed to click at
the box office; even the best of them, such as Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932), seemed outdated rehashes
of his earlier silent successes. Fairbanks' last film, the British-made Private Life of Don Juan (1934),
unflatteringly revealed his advanced years and his flagging energy. Marital difficulties, unwise
investments and health problems curtailed his previously flamboyant lifestyle considerably, though
he managed to stave off several takeover bids for United Artists and retained the respect of his
contemporaries. Fairbanks died in his sleep, not long after he'd announced plans to come out of
retirement. He was survived by his actor son Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who'd inherited much of his
dad's professional panache and who after his father's death began a successful career in film
swashbucklers on his own.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com