Errol Flynn

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June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959

I don’t throw the term “swashbuckler” around lightly.  But Errol Flynn was a swashbuckler if there ever was one.  The Australian-born star of  early Hollywood flicks such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Charge of the Light Brigade and Santa Fe Trail was known for his devil-may-care attitude and suave persona.   He famously womanized and drank and had contentious working relationships with a number of his female costars, most notably, Bette Davis, who used opportunities to hit Flynn on camera as opportunities to HIT him. Outside of his carefree public life, Flynn was drafted into World War II as a naturalized U.S. citizen, but was deemed unfit for service due to poor health.  After years of breaking down to a mere parody of himself, Errol Flynn suffered one final heart-attack while on a trip to Vancouver and died.  Official cause of death was a veritable laundry list of symptoms that shouldn’t have surprised anyone.  The larger-than-life screen hero was just 50 years-old.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Everlasting Peace; Enter the garden from in front of the Freedom Mausoleum, Errol’s grave is along the northern wall of the garden almost directly across from the entrance, underneath a small gray statue.

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