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American film and stage actor, Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart (December 25, 1899 - January 14, 1957), ranked as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema by The American Film Institute, was born in New York City as the first child of Belmont DeForest Bogart and Maud Humphrey. After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a regular in Broadway productions in the 1920s and 1930s. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, Bogart turned to film. His first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936), and this led to a period of typecasting as a gangster with films such as Angels with Dirty Faces. His breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941, with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. The next year, his performance in Casablanca (1942) (directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal Wallis, featured Ingrid Bergman) raised him to the peak of his profession and, at the same time, cemented his trademark film persona, that of the hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side. Other successes followed, including To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948), with his wife Lauren Bacall; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); The African Queen (1951) (co-star Katharine Hepburn), for which he won his only Academy Award; Sabrina (1954) and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His last movie was The Harder They Fall (1956). During a film career of almost thirty years, he appeared in 75 feature films.

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"The only good reason to have money is this: so that you can tell any SOB in the world to go to hell."

"Acting is like sex: you either do it and don't talk about it, or you talk about it and don't do it. That's why I'm always suspicious of people who talk too much about either."

"I'm not good-looking. I used to be but not any more. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. it's taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, 'Don't take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.'"


All four of his wives were actresses: Helen Menken (1926 - 1927; divorced), Mary Phillips (1928 - 1937; divorced), Mayo Methot (1938 - 1945; divorced), Lauren Bacall (1945 - his death;) - 2 children: Stephen Humphrey Bogart (born 1949) and Leslie Howard Bogart (born 1952).

Awards and honors

Ranked #1 men in the AFI's "The 50 greatest american screen legends"

On August 21, 1946, he recorded his hand and footprints in cement in a ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. On February 8, 1960, Bogart was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion-picture star at 6322 Hollywood Boulevard.


Sabrina (1954) $300,000 ; Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) $17,500/week ; The African Queen (1951) $125,000 + 30% of gross ; Sirocco (1951) $133,000 + % of gross ; Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946) $5,000 ; To Have and Have Not (1944) $2,750/week ; Casablanca (1942) $2,200/week ; Men Are Such Fools (1938) $1,100/week ; Swing Your Lady (1938) $1,000/week ; The Petrified Forest (1936) $750/week ; Three on a Match (1932) $750/week ; Up the River (1930) $400/week


1930 "Up the River" as Steve Jordan
1930 "A Devil with Women" as Tom Standish
1931 "I Body and Soul" as Jim Watson
1931 "The Bad Sister" as Valentine Corliss
1931 "A Holy Terror" as Steve Nash
1932 "Love Affair" as Jim Leonard
1932 "Three on a Match" as Harve
1934 "Midnight" as Gar Boni
1936 "The Petrified Forest" as Duke Mantee
1936 "Bullets or Ballots" as 'Bugs' Fenner
1936 "Two Against the World" as Sherry Scott
1936 "China Clipper" as Hap Stuart
1936 "Isle of Fury" as Valentine 'Val' Stevens
1937 "Black Legion" as Frank Taylor
1937 "The Great O'Malley" as John Phillips
1937 "Marked Woman" as David Graham
1937 "Kid Galahad" as Turkey Morgan
1937 "San Quentin" as Joe 'Red' Kennedy
1937 "Dead End" as 'Baby Face' Martin
1937 "Stand-In" as Doug Quintain
1938 "Swing Your Lady" as Ed Hatch
1938 "Crime School" as Deputy Commr. Mark Braden
1938 "Men Are Such Fools" as Harry Galleon
1938 "Racket Busters" as John 'Czar' Martin
1938 "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" as 'Rocks' Valentine
1938 "Angels with Dirty Faces" as James Frazier
1939 "King of the Underworld" as Joe Gurney
1939 "The Oklahoma Kid" as Whip McCord
1939 "You Can't Get Away with Murder" as Frank Wilson
1939 "Dark Victory" as Michael O'Leary
1939 "The Roaring Twenties" as George Hally
1939 "The Return of Doctor X" as Dr. Maurice Xavier
1939 "Invisible Stripes" as Chuck Martin
1940 "Virginia City" as John Murrell
1940 "It All Came True" as Grasselli
1940 "Brother Orchid" as Jack Buck
1940 "They Drive by Night" as Paul Fabrini
1941 "High Sierra" as Roy Earle
1941 "The Wagons Roll at Night" as Nick Coster
1941 "The Maltese Falcon" as Sam Spade
1941 "All Through the Night" as Gloves Donahue
1942 "The Big Shot" as Joseph 'Duke' Berne
1942 "Across the Pacific" as Rick Leland
1942 "Casablanca" as Rick Blaine
1943 "Action in the North Atlantic" as Lt. Joe Rossi
1943 "I Sahara" as Sgt. Joe Gunn
1944 "Passage to Marseille" as Jean Matrac
1944 "To Have and Have Not" as Harry 'Steve' Morgan
1945 "Conflict" as Richard Mason
1946 "The Big Sleep" as Philip Marlowe
1947 "Dead Reckoning" as Capt. 'Rip' Murdock
1947 "The Two Mrs. Carrolls" as Geoffrey Carroll
1947 "Dark Passage" as Vincent Parry
1948 "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" as Dobbs
1948 "Key Largo" as Frank McCloud
1949 "Knock on Any Door" as Andrew Morton
1949 "Tokyo Joe" as Joseph 'Joe' Barrett
1950 "Chain Lightning" as Lt. Col. Matthew Brennan
1950 "In a Lonely Place" as Dixon Steele
1951 "The Enforcer" as Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson
1951 "Sirocco" as Harry Smith
1951 "The African Queen" as Charlie Allnutt
1952 "Deadline - U.S.A." as Ed Hutcheson
1953 Battle Circus" as Maj. Jed Webbe
1953 "The Jack Benny Program" as Babyface Bogart
1953 "Beat the Devil" as Billy Dannreuther
1954 "The Caine Mutiny" as Lt. Cmdr. Philip F. Queeg
1954 "Sabrina" as Linus Larrabee
1954 "The Barefoot Contessa" as Harry Dawes
1955 "Producers' Showcase" as Duke Mantee
1955 "We're No Angels" as Joseph
1955 "The Left Hand of God" as James 'Jim' Carmody
1955 "The Desperate Hours" as Glenn Griffin
1956 "The Harder They Fall" as Eddie Willis

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His father, Belmont, was a cardiopulmonary surgeon with his office was on the ground floor, a few steps down from the sidewalk. His mother, Maud, was a commercial illustrator. She was financially more successful than her husband, by far, and the family had a very nice home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan along with a home on Canadaigua Lake in upstate New York. The lake cottage included a working farm of 55 acres and a dock with a sailboat.

Bogart and Bacall’s son, Stephen, was named after Bogart’s character in To Have and Have Not. His daughter, Leslie, was named after his friend Leslie Howard, who got him his big break in The Petrified Forest (1936). Humphrey Bogart marriage to Lauren Bacall occurred at the Pleasant Valley area of Richland County, Ohio, known as Malabar Farm.


He had grown up at at 245 West 103rd Street (which is now public housing), and a Humphrey Bogartcommemorative plaque was put there to celebrate the event: "This site is the childhood home of Humphrey DeForest Bogart 1899 - 1957 Mr. Bogart lived at this site from the time he was born until 1923. During a film career that spanned almost 30 years and 75 films, Mr. Bogart became not only a mythical American hero but a popular culture icon knowwn worlwide. 'He was edowed with the greatest gift a person can have: talent. The whole world cane to recognize it.' John Huston". On June 24th, 2006, a section of West 103rd Street in the Upper West Side of New York City was renamed "Humphrey Bogart Place" in his honor.

Was nicknamed "The Last Century Man" because he was born on Christmas Day, 1899.

Although he rarely participated in celebrity tournaments, Bogart was one of Hollywood’s better golfers. On many occasions, Bogart enjoyed catching a quick round of golf at Lakeside Golf Club in between filming at the nearby Warner Bros. studios.

Bogart's favorite composers: Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy.

Buried with him is a small gold whistle which he had given to Lauren Bacall, before they married. In reference to their first movie together, it was inscribed: "If you want anything, just whistle.