Errol Flynn wanted to be spy in Ireland for Allies
Swashbuckling Hollywood actor Errol Flynn wanted to win over the Irish to the Allied cause during the Second World War but was rejected by the US who feared he was a Nazi sympathiser.
The Australian born son of a Queen’s University professor, wrote to the CIA offering to be an American spy because he said Irish people loved him because they were such movie-goers.
His offer came in 1942 when the Irish state was neutral, at a time when fears were rife in Britain and America that it could be used as a back door by Germany to mount an invasion.
Flynn’s offer to the CIA is contained with a letter unearthed by former University of Ulster professor, Tony Emmerson, who said in the Irish News that he believed it unlikely the actor had Nazi links but “was seeking sort of glory, I think”.