|Death: ||Aug., 1941|
Animal Figure. A blue-gray and white Schnauzer, he was the favorite pet and constant companion of actor Errol Flynn. Arno was a colorful presence on Flynn's movie sets, watching the action intently from the sidelines, growling during fight scenes, and barking happily as soon as the director yelled "Cut!" For a time in the late 1930s Arno got almost as much press coverage as Flynn's offscreen romances. He was also the mascot of Flynn's yacht, the "Sirocco", where he delighted his owner by clumsily getting caught in the rigging and snapping at flying fish. One night while Flynn was sailing off the Southern California coast, Arno disappeared; he apparently jumped overboard after a flying fish, and drowned. The distraught actor hired several vessels to help him search for the animal, to no avail. Arno's body washed ashore near Balboa three days later. Flynn buried his collar in the backyard of his Hollywood Hills home, and arranged for members of the Coast Guard to give poor Arno a naval burial at sea. The dog's demise inadvertently caused one of Hollywood's most notorious celebrity brawls. When Arno's body was recovered Flynn initially didn't have the heart to claim it. Gossip columnist Jimmy Fidler got wind of this and wrote a scathing editorial, asserting that Flynn didn't really care about the canine. After reading this, Flynn got drunk, tracked Fidler down to the Mocambo nightclub, and went for blood. By the time police arrived the Mocambo was a shambles, Fidler was beaten unconscious, and his wife had stabbed Flynn in the ear with a fork. The combatants settled their differences out of court. At least one biographer has claimed that Flynn loved Arno more than any human being in his life. (bio by: Bobb Edwards)
Body buried at sea
Specifically: Buried off the coast of Catalina Island.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Aug 02, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11468636