“A boat is like a horse… every ship has her own personality, the tricks she does, the foibles she has.” – Errol Flynn
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. Sailing became a lifelong obsession and his favorite escape.
“I like my whiskey old and my women young.” – Errol Flynn
A young Brigitte Bardot cooing over 47 yr old Errol Flynn. –1956. He passed 3 yrs later. The phrase “In like Flynn” originated as a coarse reference to his powers as a seducer.
“I allow myself to be understood as a colorful fragment in a drab world.” –Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn lived life on his own terms and lived life to the full. He made movies, performed his own stunts, thumbed his nose at studio rules, and when it all became too much– left Jack Warner fuming in his Burbank office suite and went off to sea.
Errol Flynn behind the wheel of a 1928 6.5 litre straight eight Packard Roadster.
“You once liked the blissful mobility, but then you wonder, who’s the real you? And who’s the chap on the screen? You know, I catch myself acting out my life like a goddamn script.” – Errol Flynn
“I can’t reconcile my gross habits with my net income.” – Errol Flynn
In 1942, Errol Flynn was charged with statutory rape, arrested and brought to trial, then acquitted. It was Flynn’s belief that the L.A. district attorney had made him a scapegoat for Hollywood in order to discipline the film community. Jerry Giesler (Flynn’s ace lawyer) considered Flynn an excellent witness and thought that his “gentlemanly demeanor throughout the trial had been an important factor.”
circa 1940, Tasmanian actor Errol Flynn sits smoking through a cigarette holder in the cabin of a boat. Next to him is his actress wife Lili Damita — Photo by John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images