Born June 20, 1909, in Hobart, Australia (on the island of Tasmania), Flynn worked briefly on stage before landing a contract with Warner Bros. in 1935. In the 10 years that followed, he strutted, taunted and swashbuckled his way through a series of costume dramas, including The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Dodge City (1939) and Gentleman Jim (1942).
Flynn's boozing, brawling and financial missteps finally took their toll, however, and though he appeared in a few more memorable films -- including The Sun Also Rises (1957) -- he died of a heart attack Oct. 14, 1959, at age 50.
In his first leading role, Errol Flynn shot to stardom in this swashbuckling adventure about doctor Peter Blood (Flynn), who treats the wrong patient and is forced to work as a slave on Col. Bishop's (Lionel Atwill) Jamaican plantation. Blood joins up with marauding Spanish pirates, saves Bishop's gorgeous niece (Olivia de Havilland) from a French pirate (Basil Rathbone) and is eventually made governor of Jamaica.
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- The Sea Hawk
- The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
- San Antonio
- The Adventures of Don Juan
- Rocky Mountain
- The Prince and the Pauper
- Dodge City
- The Master of Ballantrae
- Funniest Routines: Vol. 1
- Gentleman Jim
- Against All Flags / Buccaneer's Girl
- Charge of the Light Brigade
- The Dawn Patrol
- They Died with Their Boots On
- Dive Bomber
- Best of the Abbott & Costello Comedy Hour