Errol Leslie Flynn was an Australian-born American actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle.
Errol Flynn was born in Hobart, Tasmania, where his father, Theodore Thomson Flynn, was a lecturer and later professor of biology at the University of Tasmania. His mother was born Lily Mary Young, but dropped the first names Lily Mary shortly after she was married and changed her name to Marelle. Flynn described his mother’s family as “seafaring folk” and this appears to be where his life-long interest in boats and the sea originated. Despite Flynn’s claims, the evidence indicates that he was not descended from any of the Bounty mutineers. Married at St John’s Church of England, Balmain North, Sydney, on 23 January 1909,
both of his parents were native-born Australians of Irish, English and Scottish descent, with convict links to Tasmania long before Flynn’s birth. Flynn, living at Mclean Ave Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales in 1926, attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School where he was the classmate of future Australian Prime Minister, John Gorton. He was expelled for fighting and, allegedly, having sex with a school laundress. He was also expelled from several other schools he had attended in Tasmania. At the age of 20 he moved to New Guinea where he bought a tobacco plantation, a business which failed. A copper mining venture in the hills near the Laloki Valley, behind the present national capital, Port Moresby, also failed.
In the early 1930s, Flynn left for the United Kingdom and, in 1933, snagged an acting job with the Northampton repertory company at the town’s Royal Theatre, where he worked for seven months. He also performed at the 1934 Malvern Festival and in Glasgow and London’s West End.