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    Douglas Fairbanks

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    (Douglas Elton Ullman)
    May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939

    Did you know that the actor who played Robin Hood, Zorro, and d'Artagnan, the so-called "King of Hollywood" was Jewish? No, not a crude hybrid of Kevin Costner, Antonio Banderas, and... Chris O'Donnell?*

    No, we're talking about Doulgas Fairbanks, Sr.** Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Ullman, and his father, Hezekiah*** Ullman, was a Jew.

    Now, we're stretching it a bit here, for Hezekiah abandoned his family when Douglas was five, and it's unlikely that his Catholic mother would say kiddush. Still, we like the sound of a Jewish King of Hollywood, so no 120-years-ago indiscretions are going to stop us from claiming Fairbanks as one of our own.****


    * Seriously, why hasn't there been a quality modern adaptation of "The Three Musketeers" yet? On the other hand, seeing how Hollywood butchered "The Count of Monte Cristo", that's probably for the best...

    ** Not to be confused with his son, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

    *** Hezikiah? Have you ever met a Jew named Hezikiah? Then again, what do we know about the naming patterns of 1833?

    **** But of course, you figured that out already.

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    May 14, 2008

    See Also

    Theda Bara

    Charlie Chaplin

    Kirk Douglas

    Cary Grant

    Paul Newman
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