Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn, the stage name of Leslie Thomas Flynn was born in Hobart, Tasmania on June 20, 1909 and died on Oct. 14, 1959. Flynn was a film star known principally for his roles as a swashbuckling romantic hero. His adventure films include Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940). In Too Much, Too Soon (1958), he played his friend John Barrymore.

Flynn is purported to have had a sexual liaison with film producer/industrialist/millionaire Howard Hughes. Does this "make" him gay? His autobiography suggests he had strong sexual appetite. It does not leave one with the impression, however, that he self-identified as a gay man. His screen and public image, however, apparently was one which gay men found attractive and appealing at the peak of his popularity. His film roles can be "read" with a gay subtext but a statement that he self-identified as gay seems premature based on the evidence available.

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