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  • BIRTH 20/06/1909
  • DEATH 14/10/1959
  • Country Australia
  • MOVIES 27
  • SCRIPT 1

Errol Flynn

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).

Errol Flynn

Movies (27)

The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
They Died with Their Boots On
They Died with Their Boots On
George Armstrong Custer
Against All Flags
Against All Flags
Brian Hawke
Objective, Burma!
Objective, Burma!
Capt. Nelson
Captain Blood
Captain Blood
Dr. Peter Blood
The Sea Hawk
The Sea Hawk
Captain Geoffrey Thorpe
Virginia City
Virginia City
Kerry Bradford
Rabbit Hood
Rabbit Hood
Robin Hood (archive footage) (uncredited)
Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail
Jeb Stuart
That Forsyte Woman
That Forsyte Woman
Soames Forsyte
Adventures of Don Juan
Adventures of Don Juan
Don Juan de Maraña
The Master of Ballantrae
The Master of Ballantrae
Jamie Durie
The Charge of the Light Brigade
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Major Geoffrey Vickers
The Prince and the Pauper
The Prince and the Pauper
Miles Hendon
Silver River
Silver River
"Mike" McComb
The Roots of Heaven
The Roots of Heaven
Forsythe
Gentleman Jim
Gentleman Jim
James J. Corbett
Breakdowns of 1938
Breakdowns of 1938
Robin Hood (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Dark Avenger
The Dark Avenger
Prince Edward
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
Self (archive footage)
Northern Pursuit
Northern Pursuit
Corporal Steve Wagner
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Earl of Essex
Too Much, Too Soon
Too Much, Too Soon
John Barrymore
Dodge City
Dodge City
Wade Hatton
Uncertain Glory
Uncertain Glory
Jean Picard
The Dawn Patrol
The Dawn Patrol
Capt. Courtney
Cuban Rebel Girls
Cuban Rebel Girls
The American Correspondent

Script

Cuban Rebel Girls
Cuban Rebel Girls