|Born||March 14, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||April 4, 2007 (aged 75)
Pacific Palisades, California, United States
|Occupation||Film director and screenwriter|
Flynn was raised in Hermosa Beach, California and served in the Coast Guard, It was during this stint that he studied journalism with Roots author Alex Haley. Flynn received a degree in journalism from UCLA.
He began his cinematic career as an apprentice to director Robert Wise on Odds Against Tomorrow and worked as the script supervisor on West Side Story. From there, Flynn worked as a second unit director on Kid Galahad and The Great Escape. He made his debut as a director with The Sergeant starring Rod Steiger.
Flynn's substantial commercial success was with The Outfit starring Robert Duvall. The filmmaker achieved a dedicated cult following with the gritty revenge thriller, Rolling Thunder starring William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones. In a 1994 interview with Jon Stewart, Film maker Quentin Tarantino cited Rolling Thunder as an influence and Flynn among his favorite directors.
Flynn continued to work on genre films like Best Seller, the Sylvester Stallone prison drama Lock Up, and the Steven Seagal action film, Out for Justice. In the early 1990s, Flynn directed two made-for-cable-TV films, the Dennis Hopper cop film, Nails, and the crime drama Scam. His last film was the direct-to-video film Protection.
|1972||The Jerusalem File|
|Marilyn: The Untold Story||TV film|
|1983||Lone Star||TV film|
|1991||Out for Justice|
|1999||Absence of the Good||TV film|
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