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Errol Flynn

Highest Rated:   100% Kim (1951)
Lowest Rated:   63% Desperate Journey (1942)
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Birthplace:   Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Athletic, dashing, and heroic onscreen, and a notorious bon vivant in his personal life, Errol Flynn ranked among Hollywood's most popular and highly paid stars from the mid-'30s through the early '40s, and his costume adventures thrilled audiences around the world. Unfortunately, a combination of hard-living, bad financial investments, and scandal brought Flynn's career to a tragic end in 1959. He was born on the isle of Tasmania, the son of distinguished Australian marine biologist/zoologist Prof. Theodore Thomson Flynn. In school, Flynn was more drawn to athletics than academics and he was expelled from a number of exclusive Australian and British schools. At age 15, he found work as a shipping clerk in Sydney, and the following year he sailed to New Guinea to work in the government service, but the daily grind proved not to the adventuresome Flynn's taste, so he took off to prospect for gold. In 1930, Flynn returned to Sydney and purchased a boat, and he and three friends embarked upon a seven-month voyage to New Guinea. Upon arrival, Flynn became the overseer of a tobacco plantation and also wrote a column for the Sydney Bulletin. Flynn's introduction to acting came via an Australian film producer who happened to see photographs of the extraordinarily good-looking young man and had him cast as Fletcher Christian in the low-budget docudrama In the Wake of the Bounty (1933). After a year of stage repertory acting to hone his dramatic skills, Flynn headed to London for film work. Attaining a contract at Warner Bros. in 1935, Flynn languished in tiny parts until star Robert Donat suddenly dropped out of the big-budget swashbuckler Captain Blood (1935). The studio took a chance on Flynn, and the result was overnight stardom. It was also during this year that Flynn married actress Lili Damita. Although he'd make stabs at modern-dress dramas and light comedies, Flynn was most effective in period costume films, leading his men "into the Valley of Death" in Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), trading swordplay and sarcasm with Basil Rathbone in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), and even making the West safe for women and children in Dodge City (1939). At his romantic best onscreen, Flynn was king of the rouges, egotistically strutting before such damsels as Olivia de Havilland and Alexis Smith, arrogantly taunting them and secretly thrilling them with his sharp, often cynical wit and his muscular legs. But despite such rapscallion behavior, the ladies and his cohorts loved Flynn because, undisguised in his arresting blue eyes, they could see that he was a man of honor, passion, sincerity, and even a little vulnerability. Thus, an Errol Flynn adventure caused female fans to swoon and male fans to imagine themselves in his place.By the early '40s, Flynn ranked among Warner Bros.' most popular and lucrative stars. It should come as no surprise that the actor, with his potent charisma and obvious zest for life onscreen, was no less a colorful character, albeit a less heroic one, offscreen. His antics with booze, young women, and brawling kept studio executives nervous, PR men busy, and fans titillated for years. In 1942, Flynn was brought up on statutory rape charges involving two teenage girls, but was acquitted. Such allegations could easily have destroyed a lesser star's career, but not in Flynn's case. Instead of finding his career in ruins, he found himself more popular than ever -- particularly with female fans. In fact, the matter inspired a new catch phrase: "In like Flynn." That same year, he divorced Damita. (The couple's son, actor Sean Flynn, a dead ringer for his father, worked as a photojournalist and war correspondent in Southeast Asia where he disappeared in 1970 and was presumed dead.)But while Flynn's pictures continued to score at the box office, the actor, himself, was declining; already demoralized by his inability to fight in World War II due to a variety of health problems -- including recurring malaria, tube

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Perfect Specimen
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Memories of Hollywood
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Assault of the Rebel Girls
  • The American Correspondent
  • Screenwriter
1959
No Score Yet The Roots of Heaven
  • Forsythe
1958
No Score Yet Too Much, Too Soon
  • John Barrymore
1958
No Score Yet The Sun Also Rises
  • Mike Campbell
1957
No Score Yet Duel
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Istanbul
  • James Brennan
1957
No Score Yet The Big Boodle
  • Ned Sherwood
1957
No Score Yet The Dark Avenger (The Warriors)
  • Prince Edward
1955
No Score Yet Lilacs in the Spring (Let's Make Up)
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet The Master of Ballantrae
  • Jamie Durie
1953
No Score Yet Cuban Story
  • Host
1953
No Score Yet Against All Flags
  • Brian Hawke
1952
No Score Yet Mara Maru
  • Gregory Mason
1952
100% Kim
  • Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard
1951
No Score Yet Adventures of Captain Fabian
  • Screenwriter
  • Capt. Michael Fabian
1951
No Score Yet Rocky Mountain
  • Capt. Lafe Barstow (CSA)
1950
No Score Yet Montana
  • Morgan Lane
1950
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling
  • Jeffrey Bushfinkle
1949
No Score Yet That Forsyte Woman
  • Soames Forsyte
1949
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan
  • Don Juan de Marana
1948
No Score Yet Silver River
  • Capt. Mike McComb
1948
No Score Yet Escape Me Never
  • Sebastian Dubrok
1947
No Score Yet Cry Wolf
  • Mark Caldwell
1947
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye
  • Phil Gayley
1946
No Score Yet San Antonio
  • Clay Hardin
1945
No Score Yet Objective, Burma!
  • Maj. Nelson
1945
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory
  • Jean Picard / Emil DuPont
1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Specialty
1943
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit
  • Steve Wagner
1943
No Score Yet Edge of Darkness
  • Gunnar Brogge
1943
100% Gentleman Jim
  • James J. Corbett
1942
63% Desperate Journey
  • Flight Lt. Terrence Forbes
1942
No Score Yet Dive Bomber
  • Lt. Douglas Lee
1941
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark
  • Francis Warren
1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On
  • George Armstrong Custer
1941
100% The Sea Hawk
  • Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Jeb Stuart
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Capt. Kerry Bradford
1940
71% The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
  • Robert Devereaux
1939
100% Dodge City
  • Wade Hatton
1939
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol
  • Courtney
1938
No Score Yet The Sisters
  • Frank Medlin
1938
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd
  • Robert Kensington Lansford
1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Robin Hood
1938
No Score Yet Another Dawn
  • Captain Denny Roark
1937
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper
  • Miles Hendon
1937
83% Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Major Geoffrey Vickers
1936
100% Captain Blood
  • Dr. Peter Blood
1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Curious Bride
  • Moxley
1935
No Score Yet In the Wake of the Bounty
  • Fletcher Christian
1933

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