Errol Flynn

Actor, Producer, Author
He lived bigger than life, and died of doing so. Errol Flynn romped through as much adventure off-camera as his characters did in his signature swashbuckling movies. Dubbed the "most beautiful man who ever lived" by ... Read more »
Born: 06/20/1909 in Hobart, Tasmania, AU


Actor (47)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)


The Roots of Heaven 1958 (Movie)

Major Forsythe (Actor)

Too Much, Too Soon 1958 (Movie)

John Barrymore (Actor)

Istanbul 1957 (Movie)

Jim Brennan (Actor)

The Sun Also Rises 1957 (Movie)

Mike Campbell (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)


The Warriors 1955 (Movie)

Prince Edward (Actor)

Crossed Swords 1954 (Movie)

Renzo (Actor)

King's Rhapsody 1954 (Movie)

King Richard of Laurentia (Actor)

Let's Make Up 1954 (Movie)

John Beaumont (Actor)

Against All Flags 1951 (Movie)


Kim 1951 (Movie)


That Forsyte Woman 1949 (Movie)

Soames Forsyte (Actor)

Always Together 1946 (Movie)


Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)


Desperate Journey 1941 (Movie)

Terrence Forbes (Actor)

They Died With Their Boots On 1940 (Movie)

George Armstrong Custer (Actor)

The Santa Fe Trail 1939 (Movie)

Jeb Stuart (Actor)

Virginia City 1939 (Movie)

Kerry Bradford (Actor)

Dodge City 1938 (Movie)

Wade Hatton (Actor)

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 (Movie)

Robin Hood/Sir Robin of Locksley (Actor)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex 1938 (Movie)

Essex (Actor)

The Charge of the Light Brigade 1935 (Movie)

Major Geoffrey Vickers (Actor)

Captain Blood 1934 (Movie)

Dr Peter Blood (Actor)

Adventures of Captain Fabian (Movie)

Capt. Michael Fabian (Actor)

Another Dawn (Movie)

Capt. Denny Roark (Actor)

Cuban Rebel Girls (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dive Bomber (Movie)

Lieutenant Doug Lee (Actor)

Footsteps in the Dark (Movie)

Francis Warren (Actor)

Four's a Crowd (Movie)

Robert Kensington Lansford (Actor)

Gentleman Jim (Movie)

James J. Corbett (Actor)

Green Light (Movie)

Dr. Newell Paige (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)


It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Jeffrey Bushdinkel, the Groom (Actor)

Mara Maru (Movie)

Gregory Mason (Actor)

Northern Pursuit (Movie)

Steve Wagner (Actor)

Objective, Burma! (Movie)

Maj. Nelson (Actor)

Rocky Mountain (Movie)

Lafe Barstow (Actor)

Silver River (Movie)

Capt. Mike McComb (Actor)

The Adventures of Don Juan (Movie)

Don Juan de Marana (Actor)

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

Capt. Courtney (Actor)

The Master of Ballantrae (Movie)

Jamie Durrisdeer (Actor)

The Perfect Specimen (Movie)

Gerald Beresford Wicks (Actor)

The Prince and the Pauper (Movie)

Miles Hendon (Actor)

The Sea Hawk (Movie)

Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe (Actor)

Uncertain Glory (Movie)

Jean Picard (Actor)
Writer (2)

Adventures of Captain Fabian (Movie)


Cuban Rebel Girls (Movie)



He lived bigger than life, and died of doing so. Errol Flynn romped through as much adventure off-camera as his characters did in his signature swashbuckling movies. Dubbed the "most beautiful man who ever lived" by screen diva Joan Crawford, Flynn reached the heights of showbiz success in action-adventure flicks such as "Captain Blood" (1936), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) and pseudo-historical films such as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) and "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941). He fought his pretty-action-hero typecasting yet recognized his own artistic limitations, even as he leveraged his charms into as many couplings as might be considered legal, and some that weren't. Living fast and scandalously, Flynn set the bar for hedonistic hijinx in Hollywood's Golden Age, ever acting out a lavish Peter Pan complex afforded him by his movie-star means and inevitably exceeding them.


Theodore Leslie Thomson Flynn

served as professor of marine biology at Queen's College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Marelle Flynn


Beverly Aadland

her mother, Florence Aadland, wrote an account of fifteen-year-old Beverly's relationship with Flynn, "The Big Love"

Lili Damita

born in 1901 married in 1935 divorced in 1942 died in 1994

Diana Dill

had brief relationship c. 1942 she later married actor Kirk Douglas

Nora Eddington

married in 1943 divorced in 1949 met in Los Angeles County Hall of Justice where she worked behind cigar counter and he was standing trial on statutory rape charge died on April 10, 2001 at age 77

Arnella Flynn

born c. 1953 in Italy raised in Jamaica died in September 1998 at age 45 mother, Patrice Wymore

Deirdre Flynn

mother, Nora Eddington

Rory Flynn

born on March 12, 1947 mother, Nora Eddington estranged from her sister has son Sean born c. 1988

Sean Flynn

born in 1941 declared as MIA in Cambodia in 1970 mother, Lili Damita appeared in films: "Il figlio del Capitano Blood/The Son of Captain Blood" (1962) and "Cinq gars pour Singapore/Singapore, Singapore" (1966)

Rosemary Flynn

born c. 1924

Patrice Wymore

married in 1950


Sydney Church of England Grammar School

Lycee Louis-le-Grand


University of Tasmania

attended one year

St Paul's School

South Western London College



Hosted "The Errol Flynn Theatre" TV series, made in England


US TV debut, "The Sword of Villon" on "Playhouse 90"


Directorial debut with short, "Cruise of the Zaca" (also narrator and appearance)


Acquitted on charge of statutory rape


Won stardom in "Captain Blood" (as a replacement for Robert Donat)


Hollywood film acting debut in "The Case of the Curious Bride"


Signed seven years optional contract with Warners


Went to England and acted with Northampton Repertory Theatre for eighteen months; stage acting debut in "The Thirteenth Chair"; wrote play, "Cold Rice"


First film as actor in Australian film, "In the Wake of the Bounty"


Bought schooner ("Sirocco"); boat chartered by American filmmakers making film of New Guinea head-hunters who also took footage of skipper (Flynn) which was shown in Australia


Wrote articles for THE SYDNEY BULLETIN in New Guinea


Became a government cadet in New Guinea, an overseer on a copra plantation, a partner in a charter schooner, and gold miner in New Guinea


Worked as shipping clerk in Sydney, Australia

Signed with Warner Brothers

Classified 4F and rejected from every branch of active service during WWII due to heart defect, recurrent malaria and tuberculosis

Became second cook on an ocean-going schooner

Bonus Trivia


In 1983, CBS aired a telefeature "Errol Flynn: My Wicked, Wicked Ways" produced by the daughter of Flynn's last personal manager. Duncan Regher portrayed Flynn.


When Flynn first came to Hollywood, he lived for four months with actor John Barrymore on De Longpre Avenue in West Hollywood. That house still stands, down a steep staircase from the Sunset Strip and next to The House of Blues club. For most of the 1980s and into the 90s, the Barrymore home was Butterfield's restaurant.