Originally from Australia Errol Flynn was handsome, charming, witty, athletic, adventurous, mischievous, a playboy and loved sailing. He became an overnight sensation with the release of Captain Blood in 1935. He is best known for his sword fights and swashbuckler films.
In the late 30’s and early 40’s Flynn was at the peak of his career. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were in 8 movies together: Captain Blood (1935), Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Four’s a Crowd (1938), Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), and They Died with Their Boots On (1941). Alan Hale appeared in several Flynn movies as his sidekick. During the filming of Gentleman Jim (1942), Flynn suffered a mild heart attack. In Four’s a Crowd he showed a comedic side but fans wanted to see him in action movies so comedies were not as well received. In addition to his swashbuckler movies Flynn made 7 westerns.
In 1942 two girls accused Flynn of statutory rape. He was acquitted.
Between drug use and alcohol the years of hard living took its toll on his looks and career. In 1957 he had fourth billing and played an alcoholic in The Sun Also Rises.
Flynn also wrote two books: Beam Ends (1937) and Showdown (1946). He also wrote an autobiography called My Wicked, Wicked Ways (1948).
Errol Flynn died October 14, 1959 at the age of 50 of a heart attack.
Which Robin Hood do you prefer? Errol Flynn or Douglas Fairbanks?