Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Legendary actor, Errol Flynn, was born Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn on Jun 20, 1909 in Hobart, Australia.
Errol Flynn's colorful early years were spent mainly in various forms of shipping, leading him to film in Australia, England and finally Hollywood, where, soon moustachioed, he became the film capital's swashbuckler par excellence in a series of expensively-mounted action films. His vivid, womanizing, booze-hitting private life included marriages to actresses Lily Damita (1935-1942) and Patrice Wymore (1950; separated 1957), first and third of three wives. (Source: Get a copy from Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
Flynn's quite colorful autobiography My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn was written in 1956 and is still available in print and digitally.
Errol Flynn appeared in over 60 film and TV roles. Some of his best known films are The Prince and the Pauper, The Sea Hawk, Objective Burma, Dive Bomber, Gentleman Jim and eight films with Olivia de Havilland: Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Four's a Crowd, Dodge City, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Santa Fe Trail and They Died with Their Boots On..
Flynn's Top rated movies at Classic Movie Hub are: The Sun Also Rises, Never Say Goodbye, Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Santa Fe Trail, The Sea Hawk, Desperate Journey, Dive Bomber, Edge of Darkness and The Dawn Patrol.
And his Top blog posts at CMH Blog Hub are: News From the Lake: Jane Fonda at TCM Film Festival, Dakota Fanning in Errol Flynn Story (from Journeys in Classic Film), Hall Of Fame Inductees for October: Jean Arthur and Errol Flynn (from All Good Things), The FALL SERIES: Errol Flynn (from All Good Things), Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Errol Flynn (from Classic Movie Hub Blog), 31 Stars in 31 Days: Day 3 - ERROL FLYNN (from All Good Things).
Flynn died at the age of 50 on Oct 14, 1959 in Vancouver, Canada . Errol Flynn was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.
Errol Leslie Flynn (20 June 1909 - 14 October 1959) was an Australian actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle.
Errol Flynn was born in Hobart, Tasmania, where his father, Theodore Thomson Flynn, was a lecturer (1909) and later professor (1911) of biology at the University of Tasmania. Flynn was born at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Battery Point. His mother was born Lily Mary Young, but dropped the first names Lily Mary shortly after she was married and changed her name to Marelle. Flynn described his mother's family as "seafaring folk" and this appears to be where his life-long interest in boats and the sea originated. Despite Flynn's claims, the evidence indicates that he was not descended from any of the Bounty mutineers. Married at St John's Church of England, Balmain North, Sydney, New South Wales, on 23 January 1909, both of his parents were native-born Australians of Irish, English, and Scottish descent, with convict links to Tasmania long before Flynn's birth. Flynn, living at Mclean Avenue Chatswood, Sydney in 1926, attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore School) where he was the classmate of future Australian Prime Minister, John Gorton. He was expelled for fighting and, allegedly, having sex with a school laundress. He was also expelled from several other schools he had attended in Tasmania. At the age of 20 he moved to New Guinea where he bought a tobacco plantation, a business which failed. A copper mining venture in the hills near the Laloki Valley, behind the present national capital, Port Moresby, also failed.
In the early 1930s, Flynn left for England and, in 1933, snagged an acting job with the Northampton repertory company at the town's Royal Theatre, where he worked for seven months. He also performed at the 1934 Malvern Festival and in Glasgow and London's West End.
In 1933, he starred in the Australian film In the Wake of the Bounty, directed by Charles Chauvel, and in 1934 appeared in Murder at Monte Carlo, produced at the Warner Bros. Teddington Studios, England. This latter film is now considered a lost film. During the filming of Murder at Monte Carlo, Flynn was discovered by a Warner Brothers executive, signed to a contract and emigrated to America as a contract actor. He became a naturalised citizen of the United States in 1942, eight months after America entered World War II.
Flynn was an overnight sensation in his first starring role, Captain Blood (1935). Quickly typecast as a swashbuckler, he followed it with The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936). After his appearance as Miles Hendon in The Prince and the Pauper (1937), he was cast in his most celebrated role as Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), his first film in Technicolor. He went on to appear in The Dawn Patrol (1938) with David Niven, Dodge City (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940) and Adventures of Don Juan (1948).
Working throughout his career with a cross section of Hollywood's best fight arrangers, Flynn became noted for his fast-paced sword fights as seen in The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood.
Flynn co-starred with Olivia de Havilland in eight films: Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Four's a Crowd (1938), Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), and They Died with Their Boots On (1941).
When Flynn became a naturalised American citizen on 15 August 1942, he also became eligible for the military draft, as the United States had entered World War II eight months earlier. Grateful to the country that had given him fame and wealth, Flynn attempted to join every branch of the armed services. But he had several health problems. His heart was enlarged, with a murmur, and he'd already suffered at least one heart attack. That was not all: he had recurrent malaria (contracted in New Guinea), chronic back pain (for which he self-medicated with morphine and later, with heroin), lingering chronic tuberculosis, and numerous venereal diseases. Flynn, famous for his athletic roles and promoted as a paragon of physical beauty, was classified 4-F unqualified for military service because of not meeting the minimum physical fitness standards.
This created a public image problem for both Flynn and Warner Brothers. Flynn was often criticised for his failure to enlist while continuing to play war heroes in films. The studios' failure to counter the criticism was due to a desire to hide the state of Flynn's health.Read article at Wikipedia
Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: You... you don't mean me, do you?
--Errol Flynn (as Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford) in Four's a Crowd Robin Hood: It's injustice I hate, not the Normans.
--Errol Flynn (as Robin Hood) in The Adventures of Robin Hood Lady Marian Fitzswalter: Robin!
Robin Hood: Yes?
Lady Marian Fitzswalter: Please.
Robin Hood: Then you do love me, don't you? Don't you?
Lady Marian Fitzswalter: You know I do.
Robin Hood: Well, that's different. (Robin re-enters the window and they share an embrace and kiss.)
Lady Marian Fitzswalter: You know you're very impudent.
Robin Hood: Me?
Lady Marian Fitzswalter: You are. And when my real guardian King Richard finds out about your being in love with me...
Robin Hood: I know, he'll make me court jester.
Lady Marian Fitzswalter: He won't. He'll stick your funny head on London's Gate.
Robin Hood: A very fine decoration it will be, my bold Norman beauty.
Lady Marian Fitzswalter: I'm not bold.
Robin Hood: But you're a Norman... And you are a beauty.
--Errol Flynn (as Robin Hood) in The Adventures of Robin Hoodread more quotes from Errol Flynn...