|Errol Flynn and his favorite leading lady Olivia de Havilland in 1935's Captain Blood.
Even though I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable movie buff, I knew very little about Errol Flynn
before researching and writing this hub. I basically knew two facts
about Errol Flynn. One.... he is the most famous Robin Hood of all-time
and two... he made some pirate movies. After a month of reading numerous
books, checking out websites and watching a few documentaries on him, I
am now much more familiar with the life and career of Errol Flynn. I
would highly recommend checking out the Errol Flynn Blog for even more information on the life and times of Errol Flynn....just follow this link....The Errol Flynn Blog.
Errol Flynn(1909-1959) was born in Tasmania. As a child he used to
play with a wooden sword that his parents told him had belonged to
Fletcher Christian. Many times he would play on his grandfather's
boat...acting out Douglas Fairbanks pirate movies. This training would
come in handy when he turned his attention to acting. He would appear in
his first film when he was 24. By the time he was 26 he had already
secured his first starring role in a big budget movie, Captain Blood.
Captain Blood was a huge success and turned Flynn into a star. At 28 he
turned into a superstar with his performance as Robin Hood in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood.
From 1935 to 1950 Flynn was one of the most successful actors in
Hollywood. However his "playboy lifestyle" began to catch up with him.
Starting around 1950 his movie career started to stall as his off screen
lifestyle started to impact his health. He would regularly smoke at
least a pack of cigarettes a day and drank heavily. Problems with his
liver and heart eventually led to a fatal heart attack in 1959.
Errol Flynn has 63 acting credits. This page will look at 50 of his
movies. The other 13 acting credits are either bit parts or tv parts and
are not included. There will be a Top Ten Box Office table, a Top Ten Critic and Audience table and a Cogerson Movie Score table that will rank all 50 of his movies from Best (Robin Hood) to Worst (Cuban Rebel Girls). And at the end there will be 10 possibly interesting facts about Errol Flynn.
1. Errol Flynn was the first actor to play Fletcher Christian
in a film that had sound. He played Christian in 1933's The Wake of the
Bounty.....later Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson would play
the same part.
2. Errol Flynn and the Perry Mason connection. One
of his first Hollywood movies was The Case of the Curious Bride...which
was one of the first ever Perry Mason movies. Flynn got to play the
corpse. Later Flynn would co-star with Raymond Burr in Mara Maru....Burr
would later go on to fame playing Perry Mason on the television series.
3. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were one of
the screen's most popular couples. They would appear in 9 movies
together from 1935 to 1943. Olivia de Havilland is still very much alive
as she approaches the century mark.
4. Errol Flynn was married 3 times in his life. His
first marriage to Lila Damita produced a son named Sean. His second
marriage to Nora Eddington produced two daughters named Deirdre and
Rory. His final marriage to Patrice Wymore produced one daughter named
5. His son Sean, followed in his dad's footsteps and has 10 IMDB credits to his name. His most famous movie role was in The Son Of Captain Blood (1962). The Son of Captain Blood was a sequel to the movie that made Errol Flynn famous, Captain Blood(1935).
Later Sean Flynn turned towards a career as a freelance
photojournalist. Sadly, Sean Flynn went missing while on assignment in
Cambodia in 1970.
6. The saying ..."In Like Flynn" became popular when
Flynn was tried for statutory rape in 1942 but was acquitted....during
the very high profile case, comedians of the day started to use the
saying and it caught on.
7. His drinking was legendary....he would inject
oranges with vodka and eat them during his breaks so no one would know
he was drinking on the set....during a play in the late 1950s his
assistant would stage alcohol throughout the set, so Flynn could drink
8. Errol Flynn and Alan Hale Sr. (one of my favorite
character actors) appeared in 11 movies together. Alan Hale Sr. was the
father of Alan Hale Jr....better known as The Skipper on Gilligan's
9. The movie My Favorite Year is
based on Mel Brooks' encounter with Flynn on a television show in the
1950s....in that movie Peter O'Toole played the Flynn character. Also
Jude Law portrayed Errol Flynn in The Aviator.
10. Errol Flynn is the 33nd classic actor/actress to receive a Cogerson career review page. My Greatest Actors/Actress Table has
two separate tables for current and classic actors/actresses.....Errol
Flynn comes in at #22 on the classic table one spot behind #21 James
Cagney and one spot ahead of #23 William Holden.
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