- Father was the noted marine biologist Theodore Flynn.
- Purchased a boat in 1930 and sailed to New Guinea, where he ran a tobacco plantation.
- Began his acting career in the docudrama In the Wake of the Bounty (1933), playing the role of Fletcher Christian.
- First major film role was in the Warner Brothers film Captain Blood (1935), replacing Robert Donat.
- Unable to serve in World War II due to several physical ailments.
- Charged with the statutory rape of two teenaged girls in 1942; he was acquitted, but the incident coined the phrase "In Like Flynn" to describe his legendary womanizing.
- Memoir, titled My Wicked, Wicked Ways, was published posthumously. He allegedly wanted to call the book In Like Me, but the publishers rejected that title.
- His son, Sean, was a photojournalist working in Cambodia when he disappeared in April 1970. He was never found and was declared legally dead in 1984.
- Sean Flynn — Son
- Patrice Wymore — Wife
- Nora Eddington — Ex-wife
- Rory Flynn — Daughter
- Arnella Roma Flynn — Daughter
- Marelle Young — Mother
- Lili Damita — Ex-wife
- Deirdre Flynn — Daughter
- Theodore Thomson Flynn — Father
- Rosemary — Sister
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