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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).

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Jun 20, 1909 In Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie In the Wake of the Bounty 1933-03-14
Latest Project:
Movie Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored 2013-01-29
Known For
Poster of Deep Sea Fishing
Poster of What's My Line?
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Poster of Captain Blood
Movie Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored Himself (archive footage) 2013-01-29
Movie Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff Himself (archive footage) 2010-05-05
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year Himself 2009-07-02
Movie Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn Himself (Archive footage) 2007-10-17
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn Himself / Various Roles (archive footage) (archive sound) 2005-04-05
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture Himself (archive footage) 2002-08-16
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Cuban Story Himself - Reporter 1959-07-08
Movie Cuban Rebel Girls The American Correspondent 1959-12-25
Movie Too Much, Too Soon John Barrymore 1958-04-17
Movie The Roots of Heaven Forsythe 1958-10-15
Movie The Big Boodle Ned Sherwood 1957-03-11
Movie Istanbul James Brennan 1957-05-22
Movie The Sun Also Rises Mike Campbell 1957-08-23
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie King's Rhapsody Richard, King of Laurentia 1955-06-07
Movie The Dark Avenger Prince Edward 1955-09-11
Movie Crossed Swords Renzo 1954-07-27
Movie Lilacs in the Spring John 'Beau' Beaumont 1954-12-21
Movie The Master of Ballantrae Jamie Durie 1953-08-05
Movie Deep Sea Fishing Self 1952-01-01
Movie Mara Maru Gregory Mason 1952-04-23
Movie Cruise of the Zaca Himself / Narrator 1952-12-06
Movie Against All Flags Brian Hawke 1952-12-24
Movie Adventures of Captain Fabian Capt. Michael Fabian 1951-10-06
Movie Rocky Mountain Capt. Lafe Barstow 1950-01-01
Movie Montana Morgan Lane 1950-01-28
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Kim Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard 1950-12-07
Movie That Forsyte Woman Soames Forsyte 1949-11-03
Movie It's a Great Feeling Jeffrey Bushdinkle (uncredited) 1949-08-01
Movie Rabbit Hood Robin Hood (archive footage) (uncredited) 1949-12-24
Series Bambi-Verleihung himself (archive) 1948-01-01
Movie Silver River "Mike" McComb 1948-05-20
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Adventures of Don Juan Don Juan de MaraƱa 1948-12-01
Movie Blow-Ups of 1947 Himself 1947-01-01
Movie Escape Me Never Sebastian Dubrok 1947-11-07
Movie Cry Wolf Mark Caldwell 1947-07-18
Movie Blow-Ups of 1946 Himself 1946-01-01
Movie Peeks at Hollywood Unknown 1946-01-26
Movie Never Say Goodbye Phil Gayley 1946-11-09
Movie Objective, Burma! Capt. Nelson 1945-02-17
Movie San Antonio Clay Hardin 1945-12-29
Movie Uncertain Glory Jean Picard 1944-04-07
Movie Breakdowns of 1944 Self 1944-01-01
Movie Edge of Darkness Gunnar Brogge 1943-04-09
Movie Show-Business at War Self 1943-05-21
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Himself 1943-09-25
Movie Northern Pursuit Corporal Steve Wagner 1943-11-13
Movie Desperate Journey Terry Forbes 1942-09-25
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Self 1942-01-01
Movie Gentleman Jim James J. Corbett 1942-11-14
Movie Footsteps in the Dark Francis Monroe Warren II, alias F.X. Pettijohn 1941-03-08
Movie Dive Bomber Douglas S. Lee 1941-08-31
Movie They Died with Their Boots On George Armstrong Custer 1941-11-20
Movie The Sea Hawk Captain Geoffrey Thorpe 1940-08-10
Movie Virginia City Kerry Bradford 1940-03-23
Movie Santa Fe Trail Jeb Stuart 1940-12-20
Movie Dodge City Wade Hatton 1939-04-08
Movie The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex The Earl of Essex 1939-11-11
Movie The Adventures of Robin Hood Robin Hood 1938-05-13
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie Out Where the Stars Begin Robin Hood (archive footage) 1938-05-28
Movie Four's a Crowd Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford 1938-08-04
Movie The Dawn Patrol Captain Courtney 1938-12-24
Movie The Sisters Frank Medlin 1938-10-14
Movie Green Light Dr. Newell Paige 1937-02-20
Movie Breakdowns of 1937 Himself 1937-01-23
Movie Another Dawn Captain Denny Roark 1937-06-26
Movie The Perfect Specimen Gerald Beresford Wicks 1937-10-23
Movie The Prince and the Pauper Miles Hendon 1937-04-30
Movie The Charge of the Light Brigade Major Geoffrey Vickers 1936-10-22
Movie Don't Bet on Blondes David Van Dusen 1935-07-13
Movie The Case of the Curious Bride Gregory Moxley 1935-04-13
Movie Captain Blood Dr. Peter Blood 1935-12-26
Movie Pirate Party on Catalina Isle Errol Flynn (uncredited) 1935-11-20
Movie A Dream Comes True Himself (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie In the Wake of the Bounty Fletcher Christian 1933-03-14
Movie I Adore You Extra (uncredited) 1933-11-03