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Errol Flynn Biography

Birth Name:
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Birth Place:
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Fast Facts

  • 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