Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman Fairbanks, Sr., (May 23, 1883 - December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro. Fairbanks was also a founding member of The Motion Picture Academy and hosted the first Oscars Ceremony in 1929. With his marriage to Mary Pickford in 1920, the couple became Hollywood royalty with Fairbanks constantly referred to as "The King of Hollywood".
In his book, "Present Indicative," Noel Coward describes a party in London at which Douglas Fairbanks was present. He writes: "I remember that Douglas did a lot of conjuring tricks, a habit to which he was then, and still is, a keen addict".
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