Here we have a rare Spanish advertising card picturing stage and movie actor, Douglas Fairbanks. A great image, this remains in good overall condition. There is some slight edge and corner damage, and a small stain on the rear as the scans should show. This vintage card measures an approximate 3" x 4-1/2".
The actor, Douglas Fairbanks was born on May 23, 1883 in Denver, Colorado as Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman. He began acting on stage, as an amateur, ultimately making his Broadway debut in 1902. He would eventually move into film, signing a contract with Triangle Pictures in 1915. He starred in early silent movie classics such as "The Mark of Zorro" (1920), "The Three Musketeers" (1921), "Robin Hood" (1922), "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924) and "The Black Pirate" (1926). He retired from acting in 1934.
Married three times, his first marriage was to Anna Beth Sully which led to a divorce in 1919. His second marriage, and the most public, was to the actress Mary Pickford. They would divorce as well. His third marriage was to Edith Louise Sylvia Hawkes.
Along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, he co-founded United Artists in 1919. Douglas Fairbanks was also one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He had a niece, Lucile Fairbanks, who was a movie actress. His son by his first marriage was an actor, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., of course. His brother, Robert Fairbanks, was an early production manager.
Douglas Fairbanks passed away from a heart attack on December 12, 1939. He left an impressive legacy in Hollywood, as well as having appeared as an actor in nearly 50 movies. The following films are just a small sampling from his filmography: