Douglas Fairbanks (1883–1939) was a very successful actor, director, screenwriter, and author. Raised by his mother after she separated from his father, he attended the Colorado School of Mines and Harvard University, traveled, and worked at variuos jobs before making his Broadway debut in 1902. In 1915, he went to work in Hollywood, where he married Mary Pickford. He made highly successful early social comedies and popular swashbucklers, including The Mark of Zorro and The Iron Mask, during the 1920s. He retired from acting in 1936.
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