The 1930s, '40s and '50s are remembered as
the golden era. Monumental films were made and stars were born.
Some emerged slowly, but Errol Flynn took the world by storm.
His gorgeous face and handsome build were seen on movie screens
everywhere. He had a talent that kept him in the spotlight for
nearly 30 years. To moviegoers, he was a dashing, noble romancer.
To his friends, Flynn was a mischievous, witty prankster. All
in all, he was loved and appreciated by fans everywhere.
Errol Flynn was born in the British Commonwealth seaport Hobart,
Tasmania, on June 20, 1909. His father, a distinguished marine
biologist, introduced him to the sea at a very young age. Flynn
always said the one true love of his life was the ocean. As a
child, he excelled in athletics but never chose to be an academic.
He attended a number of private schools, spending only a short
time at each one. By the time he turned twenty, Flynn had already
traveled to Sydney, Australia and New Guinea and had attempted
several jobs, none lasting more than a few months. Finally, he
bought a boat, the Sirocco, and sailed back to New Guinea where
he became the manager of a tobacco plantation and wrote for the
Sydney Bulletin about life in New Guinea.
In 1933, fate stepped into Flynn’s life. An Australian film
producer saw a photograph of him and offered him a part in his
movie, "In the Wake of the Bounty." Flynn had no acting
experience, but curiosity drove him to accept the offer. In this
job, he found his hidden passion. After "Bounty," he
felt his new career would not flourish in Australia, so he sailed
to London where he could expand his acting career.
Flynn acted at the Northampton Repertory Company for a year and
a half. His acting developed well at Northampton, and he was soon
offered a contract with Warner Brothers-Teddington studios in
England. The managing director offered Flynn a contract before
ever seeing him act.