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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Chi Pou, Cambodia  (believed killed by captors)
Birth NameSean Leslie Flynn
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American actor and journalist. Born to famed swashbuckling movie hero Errol Flynn and actress Lili Damita, Sean Flynn was the object of contention between the divorced couple for his entire life. Raised primarily by his mother, he was alternately ignored and fought for by his father, who engaged in a years-long custody battle with Damita. Sean grew up in Palm Beach, Florida and attended Palm Beach Private School and prep school Lawrenceville. Summers he spent with his father in Jamaica or on the elder Flynn's yacht. He enrolled at Duke University, but soon thereafter accepted a contract to appear in a sequel to his father's hit film Captain Blood (1935), The Son of Captain Blood (1962). He made a few more films in Europe, in all of which he was extraordinarily handsome but not particularly skilled or at ease before the camera. He became bored with acting and then went to Africa in 1965. There he worked for a time as a game warden and hunter in Kenya. The Vietnam war was heating up, and in 1966 Flynn went to cover the war as a photographer-correspondent for Paris-Match. He was wounded in the knee in March. He left Vietnam long enough to appear in a final film, Singapore, Singapore (1967), and to cover the Arab-Israeli war of 1967. He then returned to Vietnam in 1968, where he sold photographs and news stories to most of the major news organizations and made plans for a documentary film on the war. His exploits and those of his colleagues made them somewhat legendary figures in military and journalism circles. In April, 1970, while covering the widening of combat to the border areas of Cambodia, Flynn and colleague Dana Stone disappeared. They were presumed captured by elements of the North Vietnamese, the Viet Cong, or the Khmer Rouge .. Although some reports indicated they may have survived as prisoners for as much as another two months, Flynn and Stone were never definitively heard from again after April 6, 1970, and were almost certainly executed by captors.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Trivia (7)

Father was Errol Flynn.
Mother was Lili Damita
Half-brother of Deirdre Flynn, Rory Flynn, Arnella Flynn. Uncle of Sean Flynn.
Subject of the 1981 Clash song "Sean Flynn" from the Combat Rock album.
As to his mysterious disappearance, according to author Jeffrey Meyers, who wrote "Errol and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam," the hippie-looking Sean had returned to Vietnam in March of 1970 to freelance for Time magazine and teamed up with photographer Dana Stone. On April 6, 1970, against the advice of others also in the area, Sean and Dana headed by motorcycle towards a supposedly abandoned roadblock on the Cambodian border to snap pictures...and disappeared. The two men were never heard from again despite the efforts of many, including Sean's mother Lili Damita.
According to the commentary track by Francis Ford Coppola in Apocalypse Now (1979), the character portrayed by Dennis Hopper, the photojournalist, is loosely based on Sean Flynn. Hopper was due to play the part of a Green Beret, but when Coppola saw him when he arrived, he was not fit to play that role, so he created the part of the photojournalist supposedly based on Flynn's reputation in Vietnam. However, other sources indicate that the character was based on British war photographer Tim Page, who was regarded by his press friends from that time as one of the craziest photographers running around between Saigon, May Lay and Hamburger Hill.
Although it is said that Sean Flynn was the main inspiration for the drug-addled-brave war photographer played by actor Dennis Hopper, the character was largely based on English-born Tim Page. He was regarded by his press friends from that time as one of the craziest and most daring photographers running around between Saigon, May Lay and Hamburger Hill.

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