Errol Flynn

Place of birth:
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia:
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).


Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored (2013)
as Himself (archive footage)
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)
as Himself (archive footage)
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)
as Himself
Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn (2007)
as Himself (Archive footage)
The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005)
as Himself / Various Roles (archive footage) (archive sound)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
as Himself (archive footage)
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997)
as Himself (archive footage)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975)
as (archive footage)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
as (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town (1965)
Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963)
Cuban Rebel Girls (1959)
as The American Correspondent
Cuban Story (1959)
as Himself - Reporter
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
as Forsythe
Too Much, Too Soon (1958)
as John Barrymore
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
as Mike Campbell
Istanbul (1957)
as James Brennan
The Big Boodle (1957)
as Ned Sherwood
The Dark Avenger (1955)
as Prince Edward
King's Rhapsody (1955)
as Richard, King of Laurentia
Lilacs in the Spring (1954)
as John 'Beau' Beaumont
Il maestro di Don Giovanni (1954)
as Renzo
The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
as Jamie Durie
Against All Flags (1952)
as Brian Hawke
Cruise of the Zaca (1952)
as Himself / Narrator
Mara Maru (1952)
as Gregory Mason
Deep Sea Fishing (1952)
as Self
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
as Capt. Michael Fabian
Kim (1950)
as Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard
Montana (1950)
as Morgan Lane
Rocky Mountain (1950)
as Capt. Lafe Barstow
Rabbit Hood (1949)
as Robin Hood (archive footage) (uncredited)
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
as Soames Forsyte
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
as Jeffrey Bushdinkle (uncredited)
Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
as Don Juan de Maraña
Silver River (1948)
as "Mike" McComb
Escape Me Never (1947)
as Sebastian Dubrok
Cry Wolf (1947)
as Mark Caldwell
Blow-Ups of 1947 (1947)
as Himself
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
as Phil Gayley
Peeks at Hollywood (1946)
Blow-Ups of 1946 (1946)
as Himself
San Antonio (1945)
as Clay Hardin
Objective, Burma! (1945)
as Capt. Nelson
Uncertain Glory (1944)
as Jean Picard
Breakdowns of 1944 (1944)
as Self
Northern Pursuit (1943)
as Corporal Steve Wagner
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
as Himself
Show-Business at War (1943)
as Himself
Edge of Darkness (1943)
as Gunnar Brogge
Gentleman Jim (1942)
as James J. Corbett
Desperate Journey (1942)
as Terry Forbes
Breakdowns of 1942 (1942)
as Self
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
as George Armstrong Custer
Dive Bomber (1941)
as Douglas S. Lee
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
as Francis Monroe Warren II, alias F.X. Pettijohn
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
as Jeb Stuart
The Sea Hawk (1940)
as Captain Geoffrey Thorpe
Virginia City (1940)
as Kerry Bradford
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
as The Earl of Essex
Dodge City (1939)
as Wade Hatton
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
as Captain Courtney
The Sisters (1938)
as Frank Medlin
Four's a Crowd (1938)
as Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford
Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)
as Robin Hood (archive footage)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
as Robin Hood
Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)
as Himself
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
as Gerald Beresford Wicks
Another Dawn (1937)
as Captain Denny Roark
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
as Miles Hendon
Green Light (1937)
as Dr. Newell Paige
Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)
as Himself
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
as Major Geoffrey Vickers
A Dream Comes True (1935)
as Himself (uncredited)
Captain Blood (1935)
as Dr. Peter Blood
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935)
as Errol Flynn (uncredited)
Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
as David Van Dusen
The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
as Gregory Moxley
I Adore You (1933)
as Extra (uncredited)
In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)
as Fletcher Christian © 2021

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