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Also Known As: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn Died: October 14, 1959
Born: June 20, 1909 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Hobart, Tasmania, AU Profession: actor, producer, columnist, author, plantation manager, newspaper correspondent, sailor, gold miner, tobacco grower, shipping clerk

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He lived bigger than life, and died of doing so. Errol Flynn romped through as much adventure off-camera as his characters did in his signature swashbuckling movies. Dubbed the "most beautiful man who ever lived" by screen diva Joan Crawford, Flynn reached the heights of showbiz success in action-adventure flicks such as "Captain Blood" (1936), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and pseudo-historical films such as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) and "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941). He fought his pretty-action-hero typecasting yet recognized his own artistic limitations, even as he leveraged his charms into as many couplings as might be considered legal, and some that weren't. Living fast and scandalously, Flynn set the bar for hedonistic hijinx in Hollywood's Golden Age, ever acting out a lavish Peter Pan complex afforded him by his movie-star means and inevitably exceeding them.

He lived bigger than life, and died of doing so. Errol Flynn romped through as much adventure off-camera as his characters did in his signature swashbuckling movies. Dubbed the "most beautiful man who ever lived" by screen diva Joan Crawford, Flynn reached the heights of showbiz success in action-adventure flicks such as "Captain Blood" (1936), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and pseudo-historical films such as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) and "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941). He fought his pretty-action-hero typecasting yet recognized his own artistic limitations, even as he leveraged his charms into as many couplings as might be considered legal, and some that weren't. Living fast and scandalously, Flynn set the bar for hedonistic hijinx in Hollywood's Golden Age, ever acting out a lavish Peter Pan complex afforded him by his movie-star means and inevitably exceeding them.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Deep Sea Fishing (1952) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 It's Showtime (1976) Himself (Archival Footage)
2.
 Cuban Rebel Girls (1960) Errol Flynn
3.
4.
 The Roots of Heaven (1958) Forsythe
5.
 Too Much, Too Soon (1958) John Barrymore
6.
 Istanbul (1957) Jim Brennan
7.
 The Sun Also Rises (1957) Mike Campbell
8.
 The Big Boodle (1957) Ned Sherwood
9.
 Let's Make Up (1956) John Beaumont
10.
 King's Rhapsody (1955) King Richard Of Laurentia
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Became second cook on an ocean-going schooner
1926:
Worked as shipping clerk in Sydney, Australia
1927:
Became a government cadet in New Guinea, an overseer on a copra plantation, a partner in a charter schooner, and gold miner in New Guinea
1930:
Bought schooner ("Sirocco"); boat chartered by American filmmakers making film of New Guinea head-hunters who also took footage of skipper (Flynn) which was shown in Australia
1930:
Wrote articles for THE SYDNEY BULLETIN in New Guinea
1932:
First film as actor in Australian film, "In the Wake of the Bounty"
1933:
Went to England and acted with Northampton Repertory Theatre for eighteen months; stage acting debut in "The Thirteenth Chair"; wrote play, "Cold Rice"
1933:
Signed seven years optional contract with Warners
1935:
Hollywood film acting debut in "The Case of the Curious Bride"
1935:
Won stardom in "Captain Blood" (as a replacement for Robert Donat)
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Signed with Warner Brothers
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Classified 4F and rejected from every branch of active service during WWII due to heart defect, recurrent malaria and tuberculosis
1943:
Acquitted on charge of statutory rape
1952:
Directorial debut with short, "Cruise of the Zaca" (also narrator and appearance)
1956:
US TV debut, "The Sword of Villon" on "Playhouse 90"
1957:
Hosted "The Errol Flynn Theatre" TV series, made in England
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Education

Lycee Louis-le-Grand: -
South Western London College: -
University of Tasmania: -
St Paul's School: -
Sydney Church of England Grammar School: -

Notes

In 1983, CBS aired a telefeature "Errol Flynn: My Wicked, Wicked Ways" produced by the daughter of Flynn's last personal manager. Duncan Regher portrayed Flynn.

When Flynn first came to Hollywood, he lived for four months with actor John Barrymore on De Longpre Avenue in West Hollywood. That house still stands, down a steep staircase from the Sunset Strip and next to The House of Blues club. For most of the 1980s and into the 90s, the Barrymore home was Butterfield's restaurant.

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wife:
Lili Damita. Actor. Born in 1901; married in 1935; divorced in 1942; died in 1994.
companion:
Diana Dill. Actor. Had brief relationship c. 1942; she later married actor Kirk Douglas.
wife:
Nora Eddington. Married in 1943; divorced in 1949; met in Los Angeles County Hall of Justice where she worked behind cigar counter and he was standing trial on statutory rape charge; died on April 10, 2001 at age 77.
wife:
Patrice Wymore. Actor. Married in 1950.
companion:
Beverly Aadland. Her mother, Florence Aadland, wrote an account of fifteen-year-old Beverly's relationship with Flynn, "The Big Love".
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father:
Theodore Leslie Thomson Flynn. Marine biologist, zoologist. Served as professor of marine biology at Queen's College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
mother:
Marelle Flynn.
sister:
Rosemary Flynn. Born c. 1924.
son:
Sean Flynn. Actor, photographer, correspondent. Born in 1941; declared as MIA in Cambodia in 1970; mother, Lili Damita; appeared in films: "Il figlio del Capitano Blood/The Son of Captain Blood" (1962) and "Cinq gars pour Singapore/Singapore, Singapore" (1966).
daughter:
Rory Flynn. Born on March 12, 1947; mother, Nora Eddington; estranged from her sister; has son Sean born c. 1988.
daughter:
Deirdre Flynn. Mother, Nora Eddington.
daughter:
Arnella Roma Flynn. Born c. 1953 in Italy; raised in Jamaica died in September 1998 at age 45 mother, Patrice Wymore.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Beam Ends"
"Showdown"
"My Wicked, Wicked Ways"
"Errol Flynn: The Untold Story"
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