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|Also Known As:||Died:||May 7, 2000|
|Born:||December 9, 1909||Cause of Death:||Parkinson's disease|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Lived in Paris with mother after her divorce from Douglas Fairbanks
Film acting debut in the silent "Stephen Steps Out"
Portrayed the suitor to Lois Moran's Laurel in the silent version of "Stella Dallas", starring Belle Bennett and Ronald Colman
Made stage debut in John Van Druten's "Young Woodley" in Los Angeles and on tour in San Francisco
Wrote titles for "The Gaucho", starring his father
Practically upstaged the great Greta Garbo in "A Woman of Affairs" with his off-beat riveting performance as her alcoholic brother; most felt he did upstage leading man John Gilbert
Debut in talking pictures, "The Barker"
Appeared in "Our Modern Maidens" with then-wife Joan Crawford
Acted in Howard Hawks' "Dawn Patrol"
Portrayed Joseph Sheridan in "Morning Glory", a picture dominated by Katherine Hepburn in her first Oscar-winning role
Went to Britain to play the Tsar opposite Elizabeth Bergner in "Catherine the Great"; remained in England for close to three years, making five more movies before returning to Hollywood
London stage debut, "Moonlight Is Silver"
Formed own production company
Debut as film producer, "The Amateur Gentleman"; also starred
Gave thrilling performance as attractive blackguard Rupert von Hentzau in "The Prisoner of Zenda"; first US movie since 1934; film reteamed him with Ronald Colman
Starred opposite Irene Dunne in delighful screwball musical comedy "Joy of Living"
Played one of the three soldier-comrades (along with Cary Grant and Victor McLaglen) in George Stevens' "Gunga Din"
Helped organize British War Relief and was national chairman of CARE
Headed and was personally reponsible for Douglas Voluntary Hopitals in Great Britain
Had starring role in the uneven jungle adventure "Green Hell", helmed by James Whale
Appointed Presidential Envoy for Special Mission to South America by Franklin D Roosevelt
Dashingly swashbuckled his way through dual role as "The Corsican Brothers"
Served in WWII as Lieutenant Commander in US Navy; saw active duty aboard destroyer and mine sweeper (1941-1942); served as operations officer for Special Operations, US Amphibious Forces, Atlantic Fleet (1942-1944)
Served as National Chairman of CARE and Share-through CARE committees
Perhaps showed his athletic prowess to best advantage in Max Ophuls' "The Exile"; also produced and scripted from Cosmo Hamilton's novel "His Majesty the King"
Produced, starred and co-wrote screenplay for "The Fighting O'Flynn"
Retired temporarily from acting after "Mr. Drake's Duck"
Formed The Dougfair Corporation
Hosted and produced British-filmed TV anthology series, "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents"; also acted in some of the episodes (aired in syndication in the USA under the title "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents The Rheingold Theater")
Produced the feature "Chase a Crooked Shadow", directed by Michael Anderson
Played Ambassador Otis in a musical version of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost" (adapted by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock); aired on "ABC Stage '67"
Made rare big screen appearance in Tony Richardson's drama fantasy short "Red and Blue", acting with the director's then-wife Vanessa Redgrave; last film for 14 years
Starred as Henry Higgins in national tour of "My Fair Lady"
Served as Naval member of the US military delegation to SEATO conference in London
TV-movie debut as a wealthy bachelor targeted by a con woman (Rosalind Russell in her final screen role) in "The Crooked Hearts" (ABC)
Made one-shot return to feature acting alongside Fred Astaire, John Houseman and Melvyn Douglas in "Ghost Story"; last film appearance as a fictional character
Hosted and narrated the syndicated series "The Amazing Years of Cinema"
Was one of the interviewees for "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey", a feature documentary directed by George Stevens Jr
Began hosting "The Compleat Gilbert & Sullivan" (PBS)
Played Eli Camperdown in syndicated miniseries, "Arthur Hailey's 'Strong Medicine'"
Was interviewee for the feature documentary "Going Hollywood: The War Years"
Had final acting role in "Auntie Sue", an episode of "B.L. Stryker" (ABC)
Appeared as an interview subject in the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" (later aired on PBS in 1996)
Made frequent appearances as an interview subject on TV documentaries spotlighting such talents as Cole Porter, Loretta Young and Vivian Leigh, and others about WWII
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