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1. James Garner
James Garner was an American actor and voice artist. Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma on April 7,1928 and he was the youngest of three sons of Weldon Warren Bumgarner and Mildred Scott. His older brothers were Jack Garner and Charles Bumgarner, an administrator who died in 1984. His mother died when he was 5 years old, after their mothers death and his brothers were sent to live with relatives. Garner was reunited with his family in 1934, when Weldon remarried, Garner came to hate one of his stepmothers, who beat all three boys. He said that his stepmother punished him by forcing him to wear a dress in public, when he was 14 years old, he fought with her, knocking her down and choking her to keep her from killing him in retaliation. She left the family and never returned and his brother Jack commented, She was a damn no-good woman. Garners last stepmother was Grace, whom he said he loved and called Mama Grace, after the war, Garner joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student.
A high school gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits and it paid well, but in his first interview for the Archives of American Television, he said he hated modeling, he soon quit and returned to Norman. He played football and basketball at Norman High School), and competed on the track, however, he dropped out in his senior year. In a 1976 Good Housekeeping magazine interview, he admitted, I was a student and I never actually graduated from high school. Shortly after his fathers marriage to Wilma broke up, his father moved to Los Angeles, leaving Garner, after working at several jobs he disliked, Garner joined the United States Merchant Marine at age 16 near the end of World War II. He liked the work and his shipmates, but he suffered from chronic seasickness, Garner enlisted in the California Army National Guard, serving his first 7 months in California. He went to Korea for 14 months, as a rifleman in the 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War, Garner received the Purple Heart in Korea for the first wound.
He qualified for a second Purple Heart, but he did not actually receive it until 1983,32 years after the event, Garner was a self-described scrounger for his company in Korea, a role he played in The Great Escape and The Americanization of Emily. During the week of Garners death, TCM broadcast most of his movies, introduced by Robert Osborne, Garner subsequently moved to television commercials and eventually to television roles. His first film appearances were in The Girl He Left Behind, Boyne, a librarian from 1997, and involved a 1997 Almanac that was mistakenly left in the past by Boyne and found by Johnny in a bookstore. He changed his last name from Bumgarner to Garner after the studio had credited him as James Garner without permission and he legally changed it upon the birth of his first child, when he decided she had too many names
2. Dane Clark
Dane Clark was an American film actor who was known for playing, as he labeled himself, Joe Average. Clark was born Bernard Zanville in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jewish immigrants, Samuel, a goods store owner. The date of birth is a matter of dispute, amongst different sources and he graduated from Cornell University and earned a law degree at St. Johns University School of Law in Queens, New York. During the Great Depression, he worked as a boxer, baseball player, construction worker, modeling brought him in contact with people in the arts. He gradually perceived them to be snobbish, with their talk of the theatah and he progressed from small Broadway parts to larger ones, eventually taking over the role of George from Wallace Ford in the 1937 production of Of Mice and Men. Clark got his big break when he was signed by Warner Bros. in 1943, according to Clark, Bogart gave him his stage name. He played a surly artist opposite Bette Davis in A Stolen Life, exhibitors voted Clark the 16th most popular star at the US box office in 1945, and during the 1950s, he became one of a small group of actors awarded life membership in The Actors Studio.
Clark played Peter Chambers in the radio show Crime and Peter Chambers. Clark first appeared on television in the late 1940s, and after the mid-1950s worked much more in that medium than in feature films, in 1959, he reprised Humphrey Bogarts role as Slate in Bold Venture, a short-lived television series. In 1970, he guest-starred in an episode of The Silent Force and he played Lieutenant Tragg in the short-lived revival of the Perry Mason television series in 1973, and appeared in the 1976 miniseries Once an Eagle. Clark married twice, first to painter Margot Yoder from 1941 until her death in 1970 and second, Clark died on September 11,1998, of lung cancer at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Dane Clark at the Internet Movie Database Dane Clark at AllMovie Dane Clark at the Internet Broadway Database
Glenda Farrell was an American actress of film and theater. She is best known for her role as Torchy Blane in the Warner Bros, Torchy Blane film series, and the Academy Award nominated films Little Caesar, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang and Lady for a Day. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Farrell appeared in over 100 films and television series, and numerous Broadway plays. She won an Emmy Award for best supporting actress for her performance in the television series Ben Casey in 1963, Farrell was born to Charles and Wilhelmina Minnie Farrell of Irish and German descent in Enid, Oklahoma. After her family moved to Wichita, Farrell began acting on stage with a company at age 7. She received an education at the Mount Carmel Catholic Academy. When her family moved to San Diego, she joined the Virginia Brissac Stock Company, Farrell made the third honor roll in Motion Picture Magazine’s Fame and Fortune Contest. Her picture and biography were featured in the magazine’s April 1919 issue, in 1928, Farrell was cast as the lead actress in the play The Spider and made her film debut in a minor role in Lucky Boy.
Farrell moved to New York in 1929, where she replaced Erin OBrien-Moore as Marion Hardy in Aurania Rouverols play Skidding, the play was served as the basis for the Andy Hardy film series. By April 1929 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that she had played the role 355 times, Farrell appeared in a number of other plays, including Divided Honors and Love, Honor and Betray with George Brent, Alice Brady, and Clark Gable. Afterward, she returned to Broadway and starred in On the Spot at the Forrest Theater, at the time, Farrell conceded that motion pictures offered immense salaries, but felt the theater was the foundation of the actors profession. She appeared in more plays, and in 1932 starred in the hit play Life Begins. Farrell would not return to the stage until 1939, Farrell often worked on four films at once and managed to transition from one role to another effortlessly. She worked in over 20 movies between 1934 and 1936, starring in films like Go into Your Dance, Little Big Shot and she appeared with Dick Powell and Joan Blondell in the Academy Award nominated Gold Diggers of 1935 and Gold Diggers of 1937 musical film series.
Farrell and Blondell would co-star in a total of nine films and she came to personify the smart and sassy, wisecracking dame of 30s and 40s film. In 1937, Farrell was given her own series as Torchy Blane. In this role, she was promoted as being able to speak 400 words in 40 seconds, Warner Bros. began to develop a film adaptation of MacBride and Kennedy stories by detective novelist Frederick Nebel in 1936. For the film version, Kennedy is changed to a woman named Teresa Torchy Blane and is now in love with MacBrides character, director Frank MacDonald immediately knew who he wanted for the role of Torchy Blane
4. Errol Flynn
Errol Leslie Flynn was an Australian-born actor who achieved fame in Hollywood after 1935. He was known for his romantic roles in Hollywood films, as well as frequent partnerships with Olivia De Havilland. Errol Leslie Flynn was born in a suburb of Hobart and his mother was born Lily Mary Young, but shortly after marrying Theodore at St. Johns Church of England, Sydney, on 23 January 1909, she changed her first name to Marelle. Flynn described his mothers family as seafaring folk and this appears to be where his lifelong interest in boats, both of his parents were native-born Australians of Irish and Scottish descent. Despite Flynns claims, the evidence indicates that he was not descended from any of the Bounty mutineers and his formal education ended with his expulsion from Shore for theft, and, he claimed, for a sexual encounter with the schools laundress. He spent the five years oscillating between the New Guinea frontier territory and Sydney. In January 1931, he engaged to Naomi Campbell-Dibbs, the youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs R Campbell-Dibbs of Temora and Bowral NSW.
Chauvel was looking for someone to play the role of Fletcher Christian, there are different stories how Errol Flynn was cast. According to one, Chauvel saw his picture in an article about a wreck involving Flynn. The most popular account is that he was discovered by cast member John Warwick, the film was not a strong success at the box office, but it was the lead role and seemed to ignite Flynns interest in acting. In late 1933 he returned to Britain to pursue a career in acting, Northampton is home to an art-house cinema named after him, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. He performed at the 1934 Malvern Festival and in Glasgow, in 1934 Flynn was dismissed from Northampton Rep. after he threw a female stage manager down a stairwell. Asher cast him as the lead in Murder at Monte Carlo, the movie was not widely seen ), but Asher was enthusiastic about Flynns performance and cabled Warner Bros in Hollywood, recommending him for a contract. Executives agreed, and Flynn was sent out to Los Angeles, on the ship from London, Flynn met Lili Damita, an actress five years his senior whose contacts proved valuable when Flynn arrived in Los Angeles.
Warner Bros publicity described him as an Irish leading man of the London stage and his first appearance was a small role in The Case of the Curious Bride. Flynn had two scenes, one as a corpse and one in flashback and his next part was slightly bigger, in Dont Bet on Blondes, a B-picture screwball comedy. Warner Bros were preparing a big budget movie, Captain Blood, based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini. They originally intended to cast Robert Donat but he turned down the role, Warners considered a number of other actors, including Leslie Howard and conducted screen tests of those they had under contract, such as Flynn
Sydney Hughes Greenstreet was a British actor who did not work in films until the age of 62, but enjoyed a run of notable hits in a Hollywood career lasting just eight years. He is best remembered for his Warner Bros. films with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre, which include The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and he became a naturalized United States citizen in 1925. He portrayed Nero Wolfe on radio from 1950 to 1951, Greenstreet was born in Sandwich, the son of Ann and John Jarvis Greenstreet, a tanner. He left home at the age of 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter and he began managing a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. Greenstreets stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of a Sherlock Holmes story at the Marina Theatre, Ramsgate and he toured Britain with Ben Greets Shakespearean company, and in 1905, he made his New York debut. Thereafter he appeared in plays as a revival of As You Like It in 1916 with revered actress Margaret Anglin. Greenstreet appeared in plays in Britain and America, working through most of the 1930s with Alfred Lunt.
Throughout his stage career, his parts ranged from comedy to Shakespeare. He refused until he was 62, in 1941, Greenstreet began working for Warner Bros. His debut film role was as Kasper Gutman co-starring with Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, the film featured Peter Lorre, as the twitchy Joel Cairo, a pairing that would prove durable. In the last two in the list, and The Mask of Dimitrios, Greenstreet received top billing, near the end of his film career, Greenstreet played opposite Joan Crawford in Flamingo Road. After only eight years, Greenstreets film career ended with Malaya, in which he was billed third, after Spencer Tracy, in those eight years, he worked with stars ranging from Clark Gable to Ava Gardner to Joan Crawford. Author Tennessee Williams wrote his one-act play The Last of My Solid Gold Watches with Greenstreet in mind, during 1950-51, Greenstreet played Nero Wolfe on the NBC radio program, The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, based loosely on the rotund detective genius created by Rex Stout.
Greenstreet suffered from diabetes and Brights disease, a kidney disorder, five years after leaving films, Greenstreet died in 1954 in Hollywood due to complications from both conditions. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, California, in the Utility Columbarium area of the Great Mausoleum and he was survived by his only child, his son, John Ogden Greenstreet, from his marriage to Dorothy Marie Ogden. Actor Mark Greenstreet is his great-nephew, the Lost One, A Life of Peter Lorre. – Contains a chapter on the friendship between Greenstreet and Peter Lorre
6. Doris Day
Doris Day is a retired American actress and singer, and continuing animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording Sentimental Journey, in 1948, Day was given a key part in the film Romance on the High Seas, despite not having any acting experience. Its director, Michael Curtiz, gave her the part since she looked like the All-American Girl and it led to a 20-year career in film, including a string of musicals and romantic comedies beginning in the 1950s. She starred with leading men such as Clark Gable in Teachers Pet, Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk and Send Me No Flowers, Cary Grant in That Touch of Mink and she was usually one of the top 10 singers between 1951 and 1966. As an actress, she became the biggest female star in the early 1960s. In 2011 – well into her late 80s – she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers.
She has been Oscar nominated six times, and in 1989 was given the Cecil B, deMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations Career Achievement Award. Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born on April 3,1922, in Cincinnati, the daughter of Alma Sophia, a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, All of her grandparents were German immigrants. The youngest of three siblings, she had two brothers and Paul, several years older. Due to her fathers alleged infidelity, her parents separated and she developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13,1937, injured her legs, while recovering, Day started to sing along with the radio and discovered a talent she did not know she had. But the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, and Id sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, observing her daughter rekindled Almas interest in show business, and she decided to give Doris singing lessons.
She engaged a teacher, Grace Raine, after three lessons, Raine told Alma that young Doris had tremendous potential, which led Alma to give her daughter three lessons a week for the price of one. Years later, Day said that Raine had the biggest effect on her singing style, during her radio performances, Day first caught the attention of Barney Rapp, who was looking for a girl vocalist and asked if Day would like to audition for the job. According to Rapp, he had auditioned about 200 singers when Day got the job, while working for Rapp in 1939, she adopted the stage surname Day, at Rapps suggestion. Rapp felt that Kappelhoff was too long for marquees, and he admired her rendition of the song Day After Day, after working with Rapp, Day worked with bandleaders Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown
Geraldine Mary Fitzgerald was an Irish-American actress and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Fitzgerald was born in Greystones, County Wicklow, south of Dublin, the daughter of Edith Catherine and Edward Martin FitzGerald and her father was Roman Catholic and her mother a Protestant who converted to Catholicism. She studied painting at the Dublin School of Art, inspired by her aunt, actress Shelagh Richards, Fitzgerald began her acting career in 1932 at Dublins famed Gate Theatre. Her great-niece is actress Tara Fitzgerald, after two seasons there she moved to London, where she found success in British films including The Mill on the Floss, The Turn of the Tide and Cafe Mascot. Fitzgeralds success led her to New York and the Broadway stage in 1938 and she made her American debut opposite Orson Welles in the Mercury Theatre production of Heartbreak House. She was seen by Hollywood producer Hal B, who signed her to a contract with Warner Bros. She lost the role of Brigid OShaughnessy, the villainess of The Maltese Falcon, Fitzgerald became a U. S.
citizen during World War II in a display of solidarity with her adopted country. In 1946, shortly after completing work on Three Strangers, she left Hollywood to return to New York City where she married her second husband Stuart Scheftel, a grandson of Isidor Straus. She returned to Britain to film So Evil My Love, receiving strong reviews for her performance as an alcoholic adultress and she became a naturalised United States citizen on April 18,1955. The 1950s provided her with few opportunities in film, but in the 1960s she asserted herself as a character actress. Among her successful films of this period were Ten North Frederick, The Pawnbroker and her films included The Mango Tree, and Harry and Tonto, in one scene opposite Art Carney. In the comedy Arthur, she portrayed Dudley Moores wealthy and eccentric grandmother, Fitzgerald would appear in a Rodney Dangerfield comedy, Easy Money, the horror film Poltergeist II, The Other Side, and the comedy sequel Arthur 2, On the Rocks. Fitzgerald began to act more often on stage and won acclaim for her performance in the 1971 revival of Long Days Journey Into Night.
She achieved success as a director, in 1982 she became one of the first women to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play. She appeared frequently on television as well, in series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Robert Montgomery Presents, Naked City, St. Elsewhere, The Golden Girls. She was a regular in the short-lived 1965 CBS serial Our Private World, in 1983, she portrayed Rose Kennedy in the mini-series Kennedy with Martin Sheen, and co-starred as Joanne Woodwards mother in the 1985 Alzheimers drama Do You Remember Love. In 1986, she starred alongside Tuesday Weld and River Phoenix in Circle of Violence about domestic elder abuse, in 1987, she played one of the title roles in the TV sitcom pilot Mabel and Max, produced by Barbra Streisand. She received an Emmy Award nomination for a guest role playing Anna in The Golden Girls Mothers Day episode in 1988 and she won a Daytime Emmy Award as Best Actress for her appearance in the episode Rodeo Red and the Runaways on NBC Special Treat
8. Bette Davis
Ruth Elizabeth Bette Davis was an American actress of film and theater. After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, her early films for Universal Studios were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances, in 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract. Although she lost the legal case against the studio, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinemas most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful, Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative and confrontational. She clashed with executives and film directors as well as many of her co-stars. Her forthright manner, idiosyncratic speech and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona, Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Her career went through periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was widowed and three times divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. In 1999, Davis was placed second behind Katharine Hepburn on the American Film Institutes list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema. Bettys younger sister, Barbara Harriet Bobby, was born October 25,1909, at 55 Ward Street in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1915, Daviss parents separated and Betty and Bobby attended a Spartan boarding school called Crestalban in Lanesborough, which is located in the Berkshires. In 1921, Ruth Davis moved to New York City with her daughters, Betty changed the spelling of her name to Bette after Honoré de Balzacs La Cousine Bette. Davis attended Cushing Academy, a school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. In 1926, she saw a production of Henrik Ibsens The Wild Duck with Blanche Yurka and Peg Entwistle, Davis recalled for Al Cohn of Newsday, The reason I wanted to go into theater was because of an actress named Peg Entwistle.
She auditioned for admission to Eva LeGalliennes Manhattan Civic Repertory, but was rejected by LeGallienne who described her attitude as insincere, upon graduating from Cushing Academy, Bette enrolled in John Murray Andersons Dramatic School. In 1929, Davis was chosen by Blanche Yurka to play Hedwig, after performing in Philadelphia and Boston, she made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Broken Dishes, and followed it with Solid South. In 1930, Davis moved to Hollywood to screen test for Universal Studios and her mother traveled by train to Hollywood and arrived on December 13,1930. She would recount her surprise that nobody from the studio was there to meet her at the train, in fact, a studio employee had waited for her, but left because he saw nobody who looked like an actress
9. Mary Astor
Mary Astor was an American actress. She is best remembered for her role as Brigid OShaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s. At first her voice was considered too masculine and she was off the screen for a year and she appeared in a play with friend Florence Eldridge, and the film offers came in, so she was able to resume her career in talking films. Four years her career was destroyed due to scandal. In 1936 Astor was branded an adulterous wife by her ex-husband, Astor was a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player through most of the 1940s and continued to work in film, television and on stage until her retirement in 1964. Astor was the author of five novels and her autobiography was a bestseller, as was her book, A Life on Film, which was about her career. Astor was born in Quincy, the child of Otto Ludwig Langhanke. Both of her parents were teachers and they married on August 3,1904 in Lyons, Kansas. Astors father taught German at Quincy High School until the U. S.
entered World War I, on, he took up light farming. Astors mother, who had wanted to be an actress, taught drama. Astor was home-schooled in academics and was taught to play the piano by her father and her piano talents came in handy when she played piano in her films The Great Lie and Meet Me in St. Louis. In 1919, Astor sent a photograph of herself to a beauty contest in Motion Picture Magazine, when Astor was 15, the family moved to Chicago, with her father teaching German in public schools. Astor took drama lessons and appeared in amateur stage productions. The following year, she sent another photograph to Motion Picture Magazine and her father moved the family to New York City, in order for his daughter to act in motion pictures. He managed her affairs from September 1920 to June 1930, a Manhattan photographer, Charles Albin, saw her photograph and asked the young girl with haunting eyes and long auburn hair, whose nickname was Rusty, to pose for him. The Albin photographs were seen by Harry Durant of Famous Players-Lasky and her name was changed to Mary Astor during a conference between Paramount Pictures chief Jesse Lasky, film producer Walter Wanger, and gossip columnist Louella Parsons.
Astors first screen test was directed by Lillian Gish, who was so impressed with her recitation of Shakespeare that she shot a thousand feet of her. She made her debut at age 14 in the 1921 film Sentimental Tommy and she appeared in some movie shorts with sequences based on famous paintings
Richard Semler Dick Barthelmess was an American film actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for two films in 1928, Barthelmess was born in New York City, the son of Caroline W. Harris, a stage actress, and Alfred W. Barthelmess. His father died when he was a year old, through his mother, he grew up in the theatre, doing walk-ons from an early age. In contrast to that, he was educated at Hudson River Military Academy at Nyack and Trinity College at Hartford and he did some acting in college and other amateur productions. By 1919 he had five years in stock company experience, russian actress Alla Nazimova, a friend of the family, was taught English by Caroline Barthelmess. Nazimova convinced Richard Barthelmess to try acting professionally, and he made his screen appearance in 1916 in the serial Glorias Romance as an uncredited extra. He appeared as a player in several films starring Marguerite Clark. He founded his own company, Inspiration Film Company, together with Charles Duell.
One of their films, Tolable David, in which Barthelmess starred as a mailman who finds courage, was a major success. In 1922, Photoplay described him as the idol of every girl in America, Barthelmess had a large female following during the 1920s. Dick is getting more and more every day, and why. Because his wonderful black hair and soulful eyes are enough to any young girl adore him. The first play I saw Dick in was Boots—Dorothy Gish playing the lead. This play impressed me so that I went to see every play in which he appeared—Three Men and a Girl, Scarlet Days, The Love Flower, I am looking forward to Way Down East as being a great success, because I know Dick will play a good part. In addition, he won a citation for producing The Patent Leather Kid. With the advent of the era, Barthelmess fortunes changed. Barthelmess failed to maintain the stardom of his silent film days and he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve during World War II, and served as a lieutenant commander. He never returned to film, preferring instead to live off his investments, Barthelmess died of throat cancer on August 17,1963, aged 68, in Southampton, New York
Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr. KBE, DSC, was an American actor and a decorated naval officer of World War II. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was born in New York City, the child of actor Douglas Fairbanks and his first wife. His parents divorced when he was nine years old, and both remarried and he lived with his mother in New York, California and London. Fairbankss father was one of cinemas first icons, noted for such swashbuckling adventure films as The Mark of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Thief of Bagdad. Largely on the basis of his fathers name, Fairbanks Jr. was given a contract with Paramount Pictures at age 14, in the last years of the silent period, he was elevated to star billing opposite Loretta Young in several pre-Code films. He appeared in Our Modern Maidens, which led to a romance and marriage to his co-star. He appeared with John Gilbert and Greta Garbo in A Woman of Affairs, in 1930, Fairbanks Jr. went to Warner Bros. to test for the second lead in Moby Dick. Although he didnt get the part, head of production Darryl F.
Zanuck was impressed with Douglass screen test and he supported Leslie Howard in Outward Bound and Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar. He made Chances, which was a hit, and Union Depot, because he spoke French he was put in Lathlet incomplet, which screened only in France. During this period of his career, Fairbanks Jr. specialised in supporting female stars such as Bette Davis, Loretta Young, Ann Dvorak and his most notable credit was Morning Glory with Katharine Hepburn. In 1934, Warners asked all his stars to take a 50 percent pay cut because of the Depression, Fairbanks Jr. refused and quit the studio. He received a job offer from Britain and would spend the few years there. Fairbanks Jr. was in The Rise of Catherine the Great and he intended to return to Hollywood to appear in Design for Living but fell ill on the way and Gary Cooper took his part. Back in Britain he made Success at Any Price and Mimi and he made a series of comedies supporting female stars, had his biggest ever hit with Gunga Din.
Fairbanks Jr. began to work increasingly in action/adventure films, The Sun Never Sets, Rulers of the Sea, Green Hell and he had a change of pace when he starred in and co produced Angels Over Broadway. His last film before enlisting was The Corsican Brothers, in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him special envoy to South America. Fairbanks served on the cruiser Wichita during the disastrous Convoy PQ17 operation, lieutenant Fairbanks was subsequently transferred to Virginia Beach where he came under the command of Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, who was preparing U. S. naval forces for the invasion of North Africa, Fairbanks convinced Hewitt of the advantages of a military deception unit, repeated the proposal at Hewetts behest to Admiral Ernest King, Chief of Naval Operations