Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn

  • Born on
    • June 20th, 1909
  • Died on
    • October 14th, 1959
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 - October 14, 1959) was an Australian-American actor and writer. He is popularly remembered as a charismatic romantic hero in the eight films he starred in with Olivia de Havilland. Flynn’s most iconic role came as Robin Hood in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938). After signing with Warner Bros. Pictures in January 1935, Flynn’s rise to stardom was swift. The studio decided to take a risk casting the unknown 26-year-old as the lead in "Captain Blood" (1935). The film established Flynn as a major Hollywood star and the natural successor to Douglas Fairbanks. The smash hit was followed up by "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938), the most expensive film Warner Bros. had made up to that time. In spite of his Australian accent, Flynn starred in the enormously successful westerns "Dodge City" (1939), "Virginia City" (1940), "Santa Fe Trail" (1940), and "They Died with Their Boots On" (1941). The popularly of these westerns played a part in the genre’s revival. In late 1942, Flynn was charged with statutory rape of two 17-year-old girls. Despite his acquittal, press coverage of the trial led to the ubiquity of the expression, “In like Flynn.” With America’s involvement in WWII, Flynn had tried to enlist but was rated 4-F due to his enlarged heart, latent pulmonary tuberculosis and recurrent malaria (contracted in New Guinea). During the war, he made several films with the director Raoul Walsh. These include "Gentleman Jim" (1942) – one of Flynn’s favorite roles – and war films such as "Desperate Journey" (1942) and "Objective, Burma!" (1945). Embittered by his public image as a womanizer and his inability to serve in the war, Flynn further descended into a life of drug-addiction and alcoholism. His slow deflation became apparent in the waning success of his films and his aging physical appearance. By the late '50s, Flynn mounted a comeback with his turns in "The Sun Also Rises" (1957), "Too Much, Too Soon" (1958) and "The Roots of Heaven" (1958). In 1959, he died of a heart attack in Vancouver, Canada. Flynn’s notorious autobiography "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" (1959) was posthumously published. He also wrote two novels: "Beam Ends" (1937) and "Showdown" (1946).

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Acting (44 Credits)

1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1958The Roots of Heaven as Forsythe
1958Too Much, Too Soon as John Barrymore
1957The Sun Also Rises as Mike Campbell
1955The Warriors as Prince Edward
1953The Master of Ballantrae as Jamie Durie
1952Against All Flags as Brian Hawke
1952Mara Maru as Gregory Mason
1950Rocky Mountain as Capt. Lafe Barstow
1950Kim as Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard
1950Montana as Morgan Lane
1949That Forsyte Woman as Soames Forsyte
1949Rabbit Hood as Robin Hood (archive footage) (uncredited)
1949It's a Great Feeling as Jeffrey Bushdinkle (uncredited)
1948Adventures of Don Juan as Don Juan de Maraña
1948Silver River as "Mike" McComb
1947Cry Wolf as Mark Caldwell
1947Escape Me Never as Sebastian Dubrok
1946Never Say Goodbye as Phil Gayley
1945San Antonio as Clay Hardin
1945Objective, Burma! as Capt. Nelson
1944Uncertain Glory as Jean Picard
1943Northern Pursuit as Corporal Steve Wagner
1943Edge of Darkness as Gunnar Brogge
1942Gentleman Jim as James J. Corbett
1942Desperate Journey as Terry Forbes
1941They Died with Their Boots on as George Armstrong Custer
1941Footsteps in the Dark as Francis Monroe Warren II, alias F.X. Pettijohn
1941Dive Bomber as Douglas S. Lee
1940Santa Fe Trail as Jeb Stuart
1940Virginia City as Kerry Bradford
1940The Sea Hawk as Captain Geoffrey Thorpe
1939Dodge City as Wade Hatton
1939The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as The Earl of Essex
1938The Dawn Patrol as Captain Courtney
1938Four's a Crowd as Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford
1938The Sisters as Frank Medlin
1938The Adventures of Robin Hood as Robin Hood
1937Green Light as Dr. Newell Paige
1937The Prince and the Pauper as Miles Hendon
1937Another Dawn as Captain Denny Roark
1936The Charge of the Light Brigade as Major Geoffrey Vickers
1935Captain Blood as Dr. Peter Blood
1935The Case of the Curious Bride as Gregory Moxley

Himself (3 Credits)

2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Himself (archive footage)
2002The Kid Stays in the Picture as Himself (archive footage)
1943Thank Your Lucky Stars as Himself


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