Flynn Famous People
John Flynn OBE (25 November 1880 – 5 May 1951) was an Australian Presbyterian minister who founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s first air ambulance.
Flynn was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1933. He is featured on one side of the current Australian 20 dollar note. The Canberra suburb of Flynn honours his memory. The federal electorate of Flynn in Queensland was created by the Australian Electoral Commission in 2006.
Qantas has announced that they intend naming one of their Airbus A380s after Flynn in recognition of his contribution to the aviation industry and particularly to his achievement of founding the Royal Australian Flying Doctors Service.
Errol Leslie Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian-born American actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle.
Flynn was an overnight sensation in his first starring role, Captain Blood (1935). Quickly typecast as a swashbuckler, he followed it with The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936). After his appearance as Miles Hendon in The Prince and the Pauper (1937), he was cast in his most celebrated role as Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), his first film in Technicolor. He went on to appear in The Dawn Patrol (1938) with David Niven, Dodge City (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940) and Adventures of Don Juan (1948).
By the 1950s, Flynn won acclaim as a drunken ne’er-do-well in The Sun Also Rises (1957), and as his idol John Barrymore in Too Much, Too Soon (1958). Flynn starred in a 1956 anthology series The Errol Flynn Theatre that was filmed in England, where he presented the episodes and sometimes appeared in them. About this time he also guest starred on NBC’s comedy/variety show, The Martha Raye Show.
In 1940 he was voted the 14th most popular star in the US and the 7th most popular in Britain.
In 1984, CBS produced a television film based on Flynn’s autobiography, starring Duncan Regehr as Flynn. Regehr commented that it was an amazing coincidence in his life that he’d had the opportunity to portray two characters (the other being the fictional character Zorro) that “helped define our image of swashbuckling in movies”.
Edward “Eddie” L. Flynn (October 25, 1909 – October 14, 1982) was an American boxer who competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics.
He was born in New Orleans and died in Tampa, Florida.
A 1936 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Eddie Flynn won a boxing gold medal in the welterweight (147 pounds) division at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, defeating Erich Campe of Germany in the finals. It would be 20 years until another American fighter would win an Olympic gold media with five U.S. boxers earning gold in the 1952 Olympics.
Flynn fought for the Wolfpack in the early 1930s under New Orleans sports icon Tad Gormley. The Tampa native was the National AAU Champion in 1931 and 1932 and completed his amateur career with a perfect 144-0 record. According to the 1932 Loyola’s Wolf Yearbook, “(Flynn) swept all opposition aside and was chosen to represent the United States in the welterweight division in a series of boxing matches in New York with the European champions from Italy.
In one of the most color fights of his career Eddie met and defeated the Italian champion, who held the crown of the foreign countries.” After the Olympics, Flynn fought professionally until he was drafted in 1935 and served through World War II. Flynn was part of the inaugural Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1964.
He was also inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010. Flynn, who practiced dentistry in Tampa, died at the age of 66 in 1976.
Patrick J. Flynn (December 17, 1894 – January 5, 1969) was an Irish American athlete, a member of the Paulist Athletic Club and member of the Irish American Athletic Club, who won a silver medal in the steeplechase competition of the 1920 Olympics. Also in 1920, Flynn won the AAU title with a new U.S. record of 9:58.2.
He was born in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland and died in Jamaica, New York. A small monument was erected by his relatives, in the small sleepy village of Ballinadee in the late 90’s by his niece Nelly Hunt.
After emigrating from Ireland, Pat Flynn was considered no more than an average distance runner until his coach at the Paulist AC persuaded him to try the steeplechase. Shortly thereafter, he finished second to Mike Devaney in the 1919 AAU steeplechase. In his first attempt over the Olympic distance of 3,000 m, Flynn won the 1920 AAU title with a new U.S. record of 9:58.2. At the Antwerp Olympics, Flynn won his heat comfortably but fell at the water jump in the final and eventually finished some 100 meters behind the winner, Percy Hodge (GBR). Considering Hodge’s winning time was 10:00.4, there is little doubt that Flynn would have been in contention for the gold medal had he not fallen.
Raymond Leo Flynn (born July 22, 1939), also known as Ray Flynn, served as Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1984 until 1993. He was later appointed United States Ambassador to the Holy See (1993–1997) by President Bill Clinton.
Flynn began his political career as a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1971 to 1979, representing the South Boston neighborhood during the turbulent busing crisis of the early 1970s. He later served on the Boston City Council from 1978 to 1984, before successfully running for Mayor of Boston in 1983. He was reelected in 1987 and again in 1991.
Flynn, a life-long pro-life activist, was instrumental in drawing the pro-life, Catholic vote to pro-choice Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas in his 1992 bid for the White House against incumbent George H. W. Bush. In 1993, Flynn resigned during his third term as mayor when he was appointed by Clinton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.
Following his service as ambassador, Flynn ran unsuccessfully for Massachusetts’s 8th congressional district seat that was being vacated by Joseph Patrick Kennedy II in 1998.
William J. Flynn (1867 – October 14, 1928) was the director of the Bureau of Investigation from July 1, 1919 to August 21, 1921.
Born in New York City Flynn began his government career in 1897 after receiving a public school education. His first assignment was as an Agent in the United States Secret Service. Flynn gained recognition in 1911 when he successfully reorganized the New York City Detective force and returned to the Secret Service as Chief (1912–1917). During World War I, he served as Chief of the United States Railroad Secret Service, investigating threats of sabotage.
In 1919, Flynn was named director of the Bureau of Investigation. Attorney General Palmer praised his new appointee as “the leading, organizing detective of America…Flynn is an anarchist chaser…the greatest anarchist expert in the United States.” On September 27, 1921, Flynn resigned saying he had a “private business matter to accept.” Attorney General Harry Daugherty accepted the resignation immediately and appointed William J. Burns to the position.