Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. was born in New York City, the son of actor Douglas Fairbanks and his first wife, Anna Beth Sully. His parents divorced when he was ten years old. He lived with his mother in California, Paris, and London.
Largely on the basis of his name, he was given a contract at age fourteen with Paramount Pictures. After making some undistinguished films, he took to the stage, where he impressed his father, his step-
Fairbanks starred in several pre-
With Little Caesar (1931), Outward Bound (1930), Gunga Din (1939), and The Dawn Patrol (1930), his movies began to have more commercial success.
Although celebrated as an actor, Fairbanks most enduring legacy was a well-
For his planning the diversion-
Fairbanks, Jr. returned to Hollywood at the conclusion of World War II and enjoyed success as host of the Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Theater in the early years of television.
Fairbanks has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 6318 Hollywood Boulevard and one for television at 6665 Hollywood Boulevard.