<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/homeentertainment/la-et-classic-hollywood-20100804,0,6675314.story"><b><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001734" title="Errol Flynn" href="/topic/entertainment/errol-flynn-PECLB001734.topic">Errol Flynn</a></b></a><br>
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By Susan King<br>
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<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001183" title="Joan Crawford" href="/topic/entertainment/joan-crawford-PECLB001183.topic">Joan Crawford</a> once said that Errol Flynn was the "most beautiful man who ever lived."<br>
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The Tasmanian-born Flynn had looks, charm and athleticism to spare. He became an overnight sensation with the swashbuckling 1935 classic "Captain Blood" and followed that with 1936's "The Charge of the Light Brigade," 1938's "The Adventures of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT003330" title="Robin Hood" href="/topic/sports/robin-hood-PESPT003330.topic">Robin Hood</a>" and 1940's "The Sea Hawk."<br>
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That success notwithstanding, Flynn, who became a U.S. citizen in 1942, was turned down by every branch of the military because of a weak ticker, recurrent malaria, chronic back pain, chronic TB and a variety of venereal diseases. So the actor fought <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST00000110" title="World War II (1939-1945)" href="/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/wars-interventions/world-war-ii-%281939-1945%29-EVHST00000110.topic">World War II</a> in five eclectic action-adventure movies. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/homeentertainment/la-et-classic-hollywood-20100804,0,6675314.story">Continue reading this story.</a><br>
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( Warner Home Video / August 15, 2013 )

Errol Flynn

By Susan King

Joan Crawford once said that Errol Flynn was the "most beautiful man who ever lived."

The Tasmanian-born Flynn had looks, charm and athleticism to spare. He became an overnight sensation with the swashbuckling 1935 classic "Captain Blood" and followed that with 1936's "The Charge of the Light Brigade," 1938's "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and 1940's "The Sea Hawk."

That success notwithstanding, Flynn, who became a U.S. citizen in 1942, was turned down by every branch of the military because of a weak ticker, recurrent malaria, chronic back pain, chronic TB and a variety of venereal diseases. So the actor fought World War II in five eclectic action-adventure movies. Continue reading this story.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame: Errol Flynn
Hollywood Walk of Fame: Joan Crawford

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