Errol Flynn: Life Of A Heartbreaker

It’s not only in his films that he engages in daring and romantic adventures. People who could still remember Flynn will definitely say that the Robin Hood actor lived his life with flamboyance but he also had his fair share of Hollywood scandals. The actor who was born a century and a decade ago is remembered for all the amazing and infamous things he’s done.

Image Source: Getty Images / Australian-born actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959) smiles as he sits with one hand on the captain's wheel of a yacht.

Image Source: Getty Images / Australian-born actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959) smiles as he sits with one hand on the captain's wheel of a yacht.


BORN WITH A LUCKY STAR

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn was born to a prominent marine biologist and zoologist. Having parents who kind of have the ability to provide him the best things in life, Errol was sent to the best schools available, and, well, he got expelled from all of them. He was restless and rebellious and he carried this nature into his early adulthood.

Image Source: Getty Images / Actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), known as the king of swashbuckler films, goes for a drive in his convertible with his dog.

Image Source: Getty Images / Actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), known as the king of swashbuckler films, goes for a drive in his convertible with his dog.

One of the many reasons why he was expelled from school is theft. He then moved to New Guinea and Sydney, Australia before he went to London. He was working as a shipping clerk in Sydney and a plantation overseer and gold miner. He soon found out, however, that British society is not his cup of tea so he returned home.

Image Source: Getty Images/A photo Errol Flynn

Image Source: Getty Images/A photo Errol Flynn


OH, THE THINGS HE DID!

After his homecoming, he tried to go back to school once again, and it came to nobody’s surprise that he was again expelled. This time it’s because of an allegation that he slept with the school laundress. He soon found a job as a clerk and lost the work, not after long for stealing petty cash.

Image Source: Getty Images/Errol at a restaurant

Image Source: Getty Images/Errol at a restaurant


IT ONLY TOOK SOME PHOTOGRAPHS

Who cares about his educational backgrounds and rebellious nature? It was his charisma and handsome face that brought him in the world of film and cinema. An Australian film producer saw his photos and his first role was offered to him.

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Errol Flynn (1909-1959), Australian actor, wearing a dark blue jacket, white shirt, and blue tie with white motifs in a studio portrait, with a blue background, circa 1945

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Errol Flynn (1909-1959), Australian actor, wearing a dark blue jacket, white shirt, and blue tie with white motifs in a studio portrait, with a blue background, circa 1945

His first appearance in films was on a low-budget Aussie movie called “In The Wake Of The Bounty”. He played the lead role as Christian Fletcher. It was seen by so many, however, and even he knew that he lacked knowledge and acting skills.

Image Source: Getty Images / Actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), known as the king of swashbuckler films, on a boat.

Image Source: Getty Images / Actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), known as the king of swashbuckler films, on a boat.


TROUBLE IN THE WORKPLACE

In order to improve his craft, he joined England’s Northampton Repertory Company which landed him a few British roles and he eventually signed a contract with Warner Bros. in Hollywood. Once again, it is not surprising that he was dismissed by the company after fought with a stage manager which led her to fall down the stairs. 

Image Source: Getty Images / Actor Errol Flynn is covered in snow after falling on his skies, as he is in town for the movie premiere of "Santa Fe Trail" in December 1940.

Image Source: Getty Images / Actor Errol Flynn is covered in snow after falling on his skies, as he is in town for the movie premiere of "Santa Fe Trail" in December 1940.


CHARISMA TO THE RESCUE

Flynn left Europe and flew to America after his removal from the company because his rash behavior didn’t stop him from landing a lead role in Murderer at Monte Carlo. His irresistible charisma still won the director and producers over.

Image Source: Getty Images/Fred MorleyEnglish actress Anna Neagle (1904 - 1986) and actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959) enter a reproduction of Romano's Restaurant on the Strand at the ABC studios in Elstree, UK, during the filming of 'Lilacs in the Spring', 3rd June 1954

Image Source: Getty Images/Fred MorleyEnglish actress Anna Neagle (1904 - 1986) and actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959) enter a reproduction of Romano's Restaurant on the Strand at the ABC studios in Elstree, UK, during the filming of 'Lilacs in the Spring', 3rd June 1954

The actor immediately became a Hollywood sensation and his career flourished. He became famous for his fast-paced and well-choreographed sword fights and he was regularly cast as a handsome adventurer. He brought back popularity to adventure movies and he starred in Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk.

Image Source: Getty Images / Screen actor and adventurer Errol Flynn eyes the globe as he plans South Seas voyage in his Schooner.

Image Source: Getty Images / Screen actor and adventurer Errol Flynn eyes the globe as he plans South Seas voyage in his Schooner.


HE OWNED ROBINHOOD!

In 1938, Errol was cast for The Adventures of Robinhood and he played the role of a legendary 14th-century forest-dwelling outlaw himself. He successfully nailed the character even though he played the character just once and he makes all the other ones who took the roles of Robinhood look like just stand-ins.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn; a new favorite of the film fans; with his wife Lili Damita; the popular actress.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn; a new favorite of the film fans; with his wife Lili Damita; the popular actress.

He became one of Hollywood’s most ideal action hero just after the success of Captain Blood. That role of Robin Hood even catapulted the fame of Flynn into higher levels as he was beautiful, bold, and the best one who can play the role of a swashbuckler.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn introduced the first Rhodesian Lion Hounds to the U.S.A.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn introduced the first Rhodesian Lion Hounds to the U.S.A.


SEVERAL FILMS TOGETHER

Warner has put so much trust on Flynn and stardom was promised to the star. His film Captain Blood also featured actress Olivia de Havilland who was also a newcomer at that time and they were both made popular by the movie.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn and his first wife, the French film star Lily Damita.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn and his first wife, the French film star Lily Damita.

After the success of their team up on Captain Blood, Flynn and Havilland were paired in several more movies. You would have thought that they would end up as a couple but it did not happen. What happened is that Flynn has made a reputation for himself.

Image Source: Getty Images/United Archives/Kino. Captain Blood, USA, 1935, aka: Unter Piratenflagge, Regie: Michael Curtiz, Darsteller: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland

Image Source: Getty Images/United Archives/Kino. Captain Blood, USA, 1935, aka: Unter Piratenflagge, Regie: Michael Curtiz, Darsteller: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland


FIRST LADY IN HIS LIFE

Errol Flynn married Lili Damita who was a French singer and actress who appeared in 33 films in the year 1935. That time, Errol was just an unknown actor and Damita was already making a name for herself in Hollywood. After their wedding, she retired from acting. They had a son named Sean Flynn and eventually divorced in 1942.  

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Actor Errol Flynn and his wife, actress Lili Damita on their ketch Sirocco.

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Actor Errol Flynn and his wife, actress Lili Damita on their ketch Sirocco.

According to Robert Matzen who has written two books about Flynn, the couple was together for months at a time, then apart for months at a time. He said that Lili wasn’t close to Flynn's friends for he loved hanging out with stuntmen and she has no use for them.

Image Source: Getty Images / Mrs. Errol Flynn (Lili Damita) Errol Flynn and Peggy Fears at the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

Image Source: Getty Images / Mrs. Errol Flynn (Lili Damita) Errol Flynn and Peggy Fears at the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.


SCANDAL AFTER THE MARRIAGE

After his marriage with Damita ended in 1942, his name was tarnished because of problems from his past. However, the famous actor already has the money to pay the best lawyers and he was acquitted by their flamboyant legal maneuvers.

Image Source: Getty Images/United Archives/Aufstand In Trollness, Edge Of Darkness

Image Source: Getty Images/United Archives/Aufstand In Trollness, Edge Of Darkness


FINDING LOVE IN THE TOUGH TIMES

Who would have thought that at that time when he was being questioned in court would lead him to find love again? Flynn, while his problem with the law was ongoing, met Nora Eddington at the courthouse where his trial was taking place.

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Errol Gets Fair Consolation. New York: While his wife, Nora Eddington, is in Nevada preparing to unhitch her wagon from the star, Errol Flynn

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Errol Gets Fair Consolation. New York: While his wife, Nora Eddington, is in Nevada preparing to unhitch her wagon from the star, Errol Flynn

She was working in that place and she was only 19. After Flynn was acquitted, they were married in 1944. They had two daughters; Deidre and Rory. After their second child was born, they amicably parted ways in 1949, and Edington was given custody for the children.

Image Source: Getty Images/George Rinhart/Errol Flynn and his wife, Nora Eddington, in the lounge of yacht, Zaca

Image Source: Getty Images/George Rinhart/Errol Flynn and his wife, Nora Eddington, in the lounge of yacht, Zaca


IS THE THIRD ONE THE FINAL?

Just a year after he divorced his second wife, Flynn starred in the Rocky Mountains opposite newcomer Patrice Waymore and they became romantically involved. They traveled together and when she was 23 and Flynn was 41, they were married at the Lutheran Church in the same year that they met.

Image Source: Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archives/Actress Patrice Wymore (L) talks with actor Errol Flynn on set, as a film crew films the movie "Rocky Mountain" on location in Gallop, New Mexico. Starring Errol Flynn and Patrice Wymore

Image Source: Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archives/Actress Patrice Wymore (L) talks with actor Errol Flynn on set, as a film crew films the movie "Rocky Mountain" on location in Gallop, New Mexico. Starring Errol Flynn and Patrice Wymore

Wymore retired from Hollywood and gave birth to their daughter named Arnella Flynn who became a fashion model in Europe. When she married Flynn, although he was only in his forties, he was already ailing and his health was declining. They settled in Jamaica and eventually separated due to Flynn’s addictions.

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Errol Flynn, swashbuckling hero of the motion picture screen, engages in a passionate love scene with Patrice Wymore during the filming of one of their pictures.

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Errol Flynn, swashbuckling hero of the motion picture screen, engages in a passionate love scene with Patrice Wymore during the filming of one of their pictures.


MY WICKED, WICKED WAYS

After he separated with Wymore, he was concerned in many legal actions and several of them are matters of alimony payments. It is known that he has written his last book but it was not published because he won't follow his publisher’s order to tone it down. It was entitled My Wicked, Wicked Ways.

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Australian-born American actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959) as Major Geoffrey Vickers in 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade', directed by Michael Curtiz, 1936

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Australian-born American actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959) as Major Geoffrey Vickers in 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade', directed by Michael Curtiz, 1936


WOMEN PLAYS A BIG PART IN HIS LIFE

According to Richard Erdman, there were no actresses involved in “Objective, Burma!” but women would turn up in the set and flock around him. His partner in The Perfect Specimen, Beverly Roberts, tells about how women would fall at his feet.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn is ranked tops in a list of the film colony's ten-best male players.

Image Source: Getty Images / Errol Flynn is ranked tops in a list of the film colony's ten-best male players.

It seems like the Robinhood actor can’t really live without a woman in his life for his few months that were left to him to stay in this world, he was caught dating a young woman and it’s talk of the town that it was on her arms that he breathed his last.

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Australian-born American actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959), circa 1955

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Australian-born American actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959), circa 1955


THE FINAL GIRL

He saw her while she was rehearsing as a chorus girl in the studio where he is working. He summoned her to his office and he invited her to an “audition” which happened in a producer’s home one evening. There he met another love interest of his.

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Australian-born actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959), circa 1950

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Australian-born actor Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959), circa 1950

Beverly Aadland, that final girl in his life, opened up about their relationship to filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland as they were intrigued by the book that her mother wrote, entitled The Big Love. When she was 17, Flynn announced that they were going to be married, but he didn’t live long enough for that.

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Portait of actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), with his hands around his knees

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Portait of actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), with his hands around his knees


THE LAST OF ROBINHOOD

As he was on the verge of bankruptcy which was the result of all his extravagant vices, the actor agreed to sell his prized yacht to George Caldough who was a 30-year-old stock promoter. He flew with Beverly to Vancouver and became Caldough’s guest for some days they soon went to 1310 Burnaby's Street, the home of Dr. Grant Gould who is Caldough’s friend.

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Errol Flynn (1909-1959), Australian actor, at the wheel of his schooner, 'The Zaca', in a publicity still issued for the film, 'Cruise of the Zaca', 1952

Image Source: Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection/Errol Flynn (1909-1959), Australian actor, at the wheel of his schooner, 'The Zaca', in a publicity still issued for the film, 'Cruise of the Zaca', 1952

There, he had a wonderful time talking to Gould and the guests, and after, he retired into Gould’s bedroom to lie down. Minutes later, Beverly checked on him and he was no longer breathing. The actor suffered from a heart attack for the third time and paid all the things that he has done to his body. He was just 50 years old.

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Portrait of Errol Flynn

Image Source: Getty Images/Bettmann/Portrait of Errol Flynn

Life really has different ways of making people realize the worth of their health and vitality. Flynn’s life story tells us that it is important to live life to the fullest while also focusing on the things that actually matter. There may be fame and money, but in the end, life can’t be bought nor stolen. 

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