Errol Flynn

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Errol Flynn
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
BirthplaceHobart, Tasmania, Australia

Flynn, Errol

(1909–59) actor; born in Hobart, Tasmania. Son of an Australian biologist/zoologist, he was schooled in England and Australia. From 1924–33, he led an adventurous life around the Pacific before showing up in England where he took up acting; this led to his debut in the film In the Wake of the Bounty (1933). He arrived in Hollywood in 1935 and with Captain Blood (1935) launched his career as a handsome swashbuckling star. His heavy drinking, drug-taking, and womanizing caused his career to falter by the late-1940s, even though he was acquitted of statutory rape charges of two teenage girls on his yacht; his final decade was spent in desperate attempts to revive his career and bank account. At his best he was the epitome of a movie star.
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YORKSHIRE'S FINEST: Erroll Flynn in one of his most famous roles as Robin Hood
Or swig daiquiris and margueritas in old, oak-panelled bars like La Floridita, where Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and Erroll Flynn once hung out (their pictures are on the walls).
What a pity that today's young Brummies seem to be unaware of one of the city's great heroes, but even 50 years ago Hollywood seemed to want us to think it was Erroll Flynn rather than Bill Slim who freed Burma.
HOLLYWOOD LEGEND: Erroll Flynn portrayed a classic Robin Hood
Now they've put the little sneaks in Robin Hood's tights and, thankfully, made it more Erroll Flynn than Kevin Costner.
Often seen as the candidate to take up the mantle of big-screen hellraiser from the likes of Erroll Flynn and Oliver Reed, his testosterone-fuelled performances in movies such as Romper Stomper, LA Confidential and Gladiator are likened to his personal life.
Below, Erroll Flynn in the 1936 film of The Charge of The Light Brigade
ff Erroll Flynn had the parts in the 1934 Perry Mason movie, The Case of the Curious Bride, his fourth movie.
Before that he had a successful film career during which he co-starred with top names including Erroll Flynn, Dirk Bogarde and John Mills.
HERO'S REST: Robin Hood's grave on the Kirklees Estate, near Clifton IN A HOOD: Erroll Flynn, Richard Greene, Michael Praed, Kevin Costner, Jonas Armstrong
Michael Jackson, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Humphrey Bogart are in private areas, but L Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, lies alongside Erroll Flynn, two of the Marx Brothers, James Stewart and Spencer Tracy.