Eric Flynn

Eric William Flynn (13 December 1939 4 March 2002) was a British actor and singer.

Eric Flynn
Eric William Flynn

(1939-12-13)13 December 1939
Died4 March 2002(2002-03-04) (aged 62)
Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
OccupationActor, singer
  • Fern
  • Caroline

Early life

Flynn was born on 13 December 1939 on Hainan Island, China, where his father was a Customs officer for the Hong Kong government. After the outbreak of war and the Japanese invasion of China, his family spent several years interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp (50 years later he would play a British prisoner in the film Empire of The Sun, set in a Japanese prison of war camp in China).

He returned to Britain at the age of 13, and was educated at Chatham House School in Ramsgate. He then gained a scholarship to Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he met his first wife Fern.[1]


Flynn had many television roles. He appeared as Alan-A-Dale in A Challenge for Robin Hood in 1967, as Germanicus Caesar in the ITV historical drama series, The Caesars, as Leo Ryan in the Doctor Who story "The Wheel in Space" in 1968, as Ivanhoe in a 1970 TV mini-series, and as Major Tom Graham in series five of Freewheelers in 1971.

He was also an established musical theatre actor appearing in shows such as Evita, Annie Get Your Gun,[2] The Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, and Copacabana, starring alongside the likes of Lauren Bacall, Maria Freidman, and Suzi Quatro. He played the role of Bobby during part of the 1972 London production of Stephen Sondheim's Company.[3]


Eric Flynn died of cancer at his home in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on 4 March 2002, aged 62.


Flynn's sons by his first marriage, Jerome and Daniel Flynn, are both actors. He also had a daughter, Kerry, by his first marriage.[1] Flynn married his second wife Caroline, a South African, in 1981. His daughter from his second marriage, Lillie Flynn, finished a three-year acting degree at The Central School of Speech and Drama in 2007 and his son, Johnny, is also an actor and singer.


Year Title Role Notes
1960ExodusBit PartUncredited
1962The Silent InvasionErik von Strafen
1963Dr. Syn, Alias the ScarecrowLt. Philip Brackenbury
1965Mr. Brown Comes Down the HillMr. Brown
1967A Challenge for Robin HoodAlan-a-Dale
1980Safari 3000Rally Team Interviewer
1985Deadly PassionRobert Chandler
1987Empire of the SunBritish Prisoner #1
1988The Zero OptionCol. Patrick Ansell


  1. "Obituary". The Telegraph. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  2. "Gramophone magazine, December 1986 issue, page 138, Stage and Screen section". Gramophone magazine. London, UK: Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  3. "Obituaries: Eric Flynn". The Independent. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
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