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Errol Flynn

1909 – 1959

Errol Flynn (1909-1959), actor, was born in Hobart, where his father was a biology lecturer, and spent his childhood in Tasmania, England and Sydney. Supposedly expelled from every school in which he enrolled, he went to New Guinea and dabbled in various ventures including gold prospecting, tobacco growing and a boat charter business. Descended, on his mother's side, from a Bounty mutineer, Flynn made his feature film debut as Fletcher Christian in Charles Chauvel's In the Wake of the Bounty (1933). Although he had only a few scenes, his suave looks and athletic frame attracted attention in Hollywood, and he moved to California, where he shot to fame in the 1935 swashbuckler Captain Blood. Subsequent roles in films such as The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Dawn Patrol (1938), and The Sea Hawk (1940) cemented his on-screen reputation as a romantic hero.

Updated 2018