I'm writing a speech about Errol Flynn but I need help. Do you have information about Errol Flynn's life?I'm struggling a lot at the moment with school, and it's not good with me being in year 9....

I'm writing a speech about Errol Flynn but I need help. Do you have information about Errol Flynn's life?

I'm struggling a lot at the moment with school, and it's not good with me being in year 9. I want to write a good speech and get good marks but am unable to find the information i need to be able to do that. i really do need help.

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The swashbuckling playboy Errol Leslie Flynn (1909-1959)--my favorite Hollywood film star--is still considered one of the most handsome and debonaire actors to ever grace the screen. He was one of the most popular actors of the mid-1930s and early 1940s, thanks in part to films like Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Sea Hawk (1940). Flynn specialized in playing pirates and other sword-yielding heroes. His sexual exploits are legendary, and he was linked with many of the great Hollywood stars and starlets of the time; his actions even spawned two phrases that became popular in describing a successful ladies' man: "In Like Flynn" and "Errolesque." His non-stop boozing and womanizing contributed to his early death of a heart attack at the age of 50.

Flynn was best friends with the equally debonaire British actor, David Niven. The two appeared in many films together, and they shared a Hollywood bungalow on the property of billionaire William Randolph Hearst, where they entertained many famous Hollywood actresses. (Niven wrote two critically acclaimed reminiscences of his Hollywood days with Flynn, The Moon's a Balloon and Bring on the Empty Horses). Flynn's excesses soon left him prematurely aged and bloated, and he found it difficult to find satisfactory roles, acting in a number of B-movies in the last decade of his life. Among his many exploits include:

  • Charges of statutory rape against two teenagers, which were later dismissed.
  • Meeting personally with Fidel Castro in Cuba, who Flynn said he admired, and Flynn's subsequent narration of a Cuban propaganda film. Flynn claimed that Castro was a close friend and "drinking partner."
  • Flynn's dating of a 15 year old (who he planned to marry) at the time of his fatal heart attack.
  • Rumors that Flynn was a Nazi sympathizer and spy during World War II as well as being bi-sexual. (See Charles Higham's book, Errol Flynn: The Untold Story, 1980.)

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