: By instinct I'm an adventurer; by choice I'd like to be a writer; by pure, unadulterated luck, I'm an actor.
Errol Flynn was an adventurous young man. He was a rambunctious child who could be counted on to find trouble. Errol managed to have himself thrown out of every school he was enrolled in.
In his late teens he set out to find gold, but instead found a series of short lived odd jobs. Information is sketchy, but the positions of police constable, sanitation engineer, treasure hunter, sheep castrator, shipmaster for hire, fisherman, and soldier seem to be among his more reputable career choices. Staying one jump ahead of the law and jealous husbands forced Flynn to England.
Flynn became as famous for his hedonistic lifestyle as for his swashbuckling movie roles. By his own estimate he slept with 10,000 women in his lifetime, and his penchant for alcohol, drugs and brawling aged him prematurely.
By 1959, Flynn's financial difficulties had become so serious that he flew to Vancouver to negotiate the lease of his yacht Zaca to the businessman George Caldough.
As Caldough was driving Flynn and the 17-year-old actress Beverly Aadland, who had accompanied him on the trip, to the airport for a Los Angeles-bound flight, Flynn began complaining of severe pain in his back and legs. Despite immediate emergency medical treatment from Gould and a swift transferral by ambulance to Vancouver General Hospital, he did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead that evening.
Flynn, who was married three times, died of a heart attack. The coroner who examined the 50-year-old actor said he had the body of an 85-year-old man.