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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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"The Salad Days: An Autobiography by Douglas Fairbanks Jr" and "A Hell of a War" are the first two installments of a proposed tri-part autobiography.

He has actively supported film preservation.

Made an honorary Knight by the King of England for his furthering of "Anglo-American amity" in 1949

Awarded the Silver Star Medal

Received Combat Legion of Merit with a "V" for valor clasp

Awarded Croix de Guerre with palm in 1949

Given the Legion of Honor

Earned British Distinguished Service Cross as the only US officer to command a flotilla of raiding craft for Mountbatten's Commandos

Received Belgian Order of the Crown

Given the American Image Award (1976)

Awarded the World Affair Council's Award for Contribution to World Understanding and Peace (1978)

Made a Fellow of Boston University in 1978

Received Salvation Army's National Brotherhood Award (1980)

Received honorary degrees from Westminster College (1966) and Oxford University (1971), among others

Douglas Fairbank Jr's first appearance before the cameras occurred at a party during his boyhood. His father and cameraman (later director) William McGann applied makeup and then filmed a 400 feet version of "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" with Junior in the leading role.

On marriage: "I don't think that married people ought to be conscious of the fact that they are married. They ought to live in sin, so to speak ... it is a very good thing to attempt to keep up the relationship that existed before marriage--to keep right on courting your wife ... The moment you take your wife for granted, it loses its charm and you lose your perspective. Nothing is sure. In marriage you ought to live with the constant knowledge before you that if you don't work at marriage you may lose the one you love ... If you had a job and knew you might lose it, you would work all the harder to keep it ... Marriage is a career in itself. To succeed in any career you have to keep working on it. The same thing is true for marriage. You must keep right on building it up just as you built its foundations. The minute you think your marriage is sure, that minute your marriage becomes most unsure." --Douglas Fairbanks Jr, quoted in Silver Screen, June 1930.

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