The Full Wiki

Sean Flynn: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sean Flynn
Born Sean Leslie Flynn
May 31, 1941(1941-05-31)
Los Angeles, California
Died April 6, 1970 (date of disappearance) Cambodia; declared legally dead 1984, (Date of actual death--not known)(believed to be June, 1971)

Sean Leslie Flynn (born May 31, 1941, in Los Angeles, California; disappeared April 6, 1970, in Cambodia, age 28; declared legally dead in 1984 [1]) was an American actor and freelance photojournalist best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War. He started a news service in Saigon with John Steinbeck IV, son of the American author.

Flynn was the only child of the marriage of Errol Flynn and Lili Damita. After studying briefly at Duke University, he became a movie actor like his parents. When he tired of acting, Flynn became a freelance photo journalist under contract to Time Magazine. In a search for exceptional images, he attached himself to Special Forces units and even irregulars operating in remote areas.


Entertainment career

Original film poster - 1964
U.S. Release

Flynn first appeared in front of the cameras at the age of 15, when he appeared in an episode of his father's television show, "The Errol Flynn Theatre". The episode titled "The Strange Auction" filmed in 1956. (The show was produced and broadcast in the U.K. in 1956 and was broadcast in syndication in the U.S.A. in 1957.) In 1960, at the suggestion of his friend, actor George Hamilton, Flynn filmed a scene in Hamilton's picture "Where The Boys Are". (Most of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, but he can still be seen in a scene walking by wearing a blue "Xavier University" sweatshirt.) [2] In 1961, at the age of 20 (and after his father's death), Flynn accepted a contract to appear in a sequel to his father's hit film Captain Blood, "The Son of Captain Blood"(1964—year of U.S. release), also known as "Il Figlio del Capitano Blood" (1962, year of initial European release), a European production. He made a few more films in Europe, including, "Il Segno di Zorro"(1963, year of initial European release) (aka "Duel at the Rio Grande"(1964, year of release of English version). He also starred in "Stop Train 349"(1964) with José Ferrer (aka "Verspätung in Marienborn"- 1963, year of initial European release), "Mission to Venice"(1964) (aka "Agent Special a Venise--Voir Venise et...Crever"(1964) & "Sandok, Il Maciste della Jungla"(also 1964)(aka "Temple of the White Elephant"--1966, year of release of English version).

Flynn became bored with acting and went to Africa in late 1964/early 1965 to try his hand at safari guide and big game-hunting. He also tried his hand at being a game warden in Kenya. In the latter part of 1965, he needed money, and made two Spaghetti westerns back-to-back in Spain and Italy. ("Sette Magnifiche Pistole" and "Dos Pistolas Gemelas", both receiving initial European release in 1966.) In the summer of 1966, in need of money again, Flynn went to Singapore to star in his eighth and final film, the French-Italian action film, "Cinq Gars Pour Singapour" (1967-year of initial European release) (aka "Five Ashore in Singapore"(1968—year of release of English version). After its completion, he gave up acting for good.

Flynn also tried his hand as a singer; recording two songs for a company known as Hi-Fidelity R.V. Records in 1961. The two songs were released regionally as a 45rpm single, "Stay in My Heart" b/w "Secret Love" (Arvee 5043). The single is now considered a very rare collector's item.[3]

Flynn the journalist

Flynn arrived in South Vietnam in January 1966, as a free-lance photojournalist; first for the French magazine Paris-Match, then for Time-Life and finally for United Press International. His photos were soon published around the world. He soon made a name for himself as one of that group of high-risk photojournalists who would do anything to get the best pictures; even going into combat. In March, of 1966, he was wounded in his knee while in the field. In mid-1966, he left Vietnam long enough to star in his last movie. He returned to Vietnam and made a parachute jump with the 1st. Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. in December, 1966. In 1967, he went to Israel to cover the Arab-Israeli war of 1967. He returned to Vietnam in 1968, after the Tet offensive, with plans to make a documentary about the war. In the spring of 1970, he went to Cambodia, when news of North Vietnamese advances into that country broke.


On April 6, 1970, while travelling by motorcycle in Cambodia, Flynn and Dana Stone (on assignment for Time magazine and CBS News respectively) were captured by communist guerrillas[4] at a roadblock on Highway One. They were never heard from again and their remains have never been found.

Although it is known that they were captured by Vietnamese Communist forces, it has been suggested that they died in the hands of "hostile" forces.[5] Citing various government sources, the consensus is that he (or they) were killed by Khmer Rouge in June 1971.[6][7]

Flynn's mother, Lili Damita, spent an enormous amount of money searching for her son, with no success. In 1984 she had him declared legally dead.

The story of Sean Flynn was immortalized by The Clash in the song "Sean Flynn" from the album Combat Rock. He is a major character in Michael Herr's Dispatches. He was portrayed by Kevin Dillon in the 1992 mini-series Frankie's House.

In June 2008, Mythic Films[8] optioned the rights to the Perry Deane Young memoir, Two of the Missing. Young is working on a screenplay with director Ralph Hemecker.[9]


  1. ^ Young, Perry Deane; Two of the Missing: Remembering Sean Flynn & Dana Stone Page 271 Press 53 (2009) ISBN 978-0-9816280-9-7
  2. ^ Flynn, Rory, "The Baron of Mulholland--A Daughter Remembers Errol Flynn" Page 103, Xlibris Corp. (2006) ISBN 13: 978-1-4257-1250-1
  3. ^ 45 Discography for Arvee/Orbit/HiFi Records, retrieved 26/12/2008
  4. ^ Loss of brother in Cambodia motivated Stone to serve The Boston Globe Wilson Ring, Associated Press Writer, 2006-03-31
  5. ^ PYLE, Richard & FAAS, Horst. Lost over Laos; a true story of tragedy, mystery, and friendship Pages 43-45. Da Capo Press 2003 ISBN 0-306-81251-7 Accessed Via Google Books June 21, 2009
  6. ^ Bass, Thomas A., The Spy Who Loved Us: The Vietnam War and Pham Xuan An's Dangerous Game Page 187, PublicAffairs, 2009 ISBN 9781586484095 Accessed Via Google Books June 21, 2009
  7. ^ Page, Tim; Derailed in Uncle Ho's Victory Garden: Return to Vietnam and Cambodia Page 171 Scribner (August 2, 1999) ISBN 0684860244 Accessed via Amazon's LOOK INSIDE feature June 21, 2009
  8. ^
  9. ^

6. Requiem, by the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and IndoChina. Random House, New York. Copyright 1997

External links



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address