Flynn was born June 20, 1909 in Hobart, Tasmania.
His father was an Australian marine biologist and zoologist. After being
expelled from several fine schools in Australia and England, at the age
of 15 Flynn became a clerk for a Sydney shipping company. A year later
he sailed to New Guinea and became a British government policeman. Later,
he "recruited" natives for a gold mining company.
went on to become the talking pictures' leading portrayer of heroes in epics
including "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "The Adventures of Robin Hood,"
"The Dawn Patrol," "Dodge City," "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex,"
"The Sea Hawk," "Santa Fe Trail," "They Died With Their Boots On," "Gentleman
Jim," "The Adventures of Don Juan," and several World War II dramas, most
notably "Objective, Burma!"
In later years, his best performances were in "That Forsyte Woman," "Kim," and "The Sun Also Rises."
Flynn was married three times. His wives were Lili Damita, a French actress; Nora Eddington, an 18-year-old cider stand worker; and Patrice Wymore, an actress. The marriages produced a son, Sean, and three daughters, Rory, Dierdre, and Arnella.
Errol Flynn died from heart trouble and other physical ailments in 1959 at the age of 50.
Flynn wrote several books including his autobiography, My Wicked,Wicked Ways, published posthumously in 1959.