Celebrity Birthday of the Day – December 9

One of cinema’s earliest icons, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. has gone down in film history as the embodiment of the on-screen swashbuckler as the result of his starring roles in the films The Mark of Zorro, Robin Hood, and The Thief of Bagdad. Fairbanks’s career spanned the course of the last years of the silent era and the early years of the sound era, and during this time he appeared in such films as Stella Dallas, An American Venus, Woman Love Diamons, Our Modern Maidens, Woman of Affairs and Morning Glory. After serving as a naval officer during World War II, Fairbanks returned to Hollywood, starring in several movies such as Sinbad the Sailor, The Exile, The Fighting O’Flynn, The Genie and The Last Moment, before moving into doing a lot of television work on shows including The United States Steel Hour, The Red Skelton Show, and The Love Boat. Fairbanks died on May 7, 2000 at the age of 90, and while he’s an absolute legend in the annals of cinema history, I honestly just picked him so I could post the entirety of one of his movies.

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