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Humphrey Bogart

Birth: December 25, 1899
New York, United States

Death: January 14, 1957
Los Angeles, United States


Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on December 25th 1899 in New York. He was the oldest child and only son of Dr. Belmont Bogart and Maud Humphrey, who he was named after. His mother was a commercial illustrator and she often used her baby boy as a model.  Although he and his two younger sisters lived very comfortably, they did not get much love form their formal parents.

Humphrey’s father hoped he would follow in his footsteps and he sent his son to private schools. But Humphrey hated it and in 1918 he got expelled. World War I was in full swing and Humphrey enlisted in the navy. He spent most of his months in the Navy after the Armistice was signed, ferrying troops back from Europe. When he returned to America, his parents tried to get him a decent job through their connections, but Humphrey didn’t last in any of them. Through a childhood friend he got a job as a stage manager and a few months later, in 1922, he made his stage debut as an understudy. Although his reviews were not great, he decided he liked acting.

Becoming an Actor

Humphrey appeared in multiple Broadway productions the following years and the reviews got better and better. He enjoyed the ‘Roaring Twenties’, loved a drink and was known to be a bit of a ladies man. During this time he married actress Helen Menken in 1926, but they divorced a year later. In 1928 he married actress Mary Phillips and according to all accounts they were a fun couple.
In 1929 Mary and Humphrey decided to move to Hollywood and he got a contract with 20th Century Fox. It was around this time that he acquired the nickname Bogie, given to him by colleague and friend Spencer Tracy, which he would be known by forever more.

But the early 30’s were not a good time for Bogie. His career was not going well and he struggled to make ends meet. His family fortune had plummeted and by the time his father passed away in 1934, he left Bogie with a 10,000 dollar debt.  His sister Pat had a serious mental breakdown and a while later his sister Kay died of a ruptured appendix. Bogie was depressed and started drinking heavily. He decided to move back to New York and do stage work again. Soon he got a part in the Broadway play The Petrified Forrest, next to Leslie Howard, which became a huge success. Warner Bros. bought the movie rights to the play and hired Howard to star in it. But for Bogie’s part they decided to go with another actor. When Leslie Howard heard this he said: ‘No Bogart, no deal’. Since Howard wouldn’t budge they hired Bogie to play the part. The Petrified Forrest was a hit and Bogie signed a contract with Warner Bros..
Unfortunately, they only gave him parts in B-films that he thoroughly disliked. During this time Mary and Bogie grew apart and separated. He quickly fell for another actress: Mayo Methot, who was a lively, fun woman. But she also suffered from alcohol dependency, a violent temper and was prone to jealousy. In 1938 they got married. Needless to say, the marriage was tumultuous. But in 1941 his career took a turn for the better. He got the leading role in a film written by his friend John Huston called High Sierra. Immediately after, he starred in John Huston’s directorial debut The Maltese Falcon. The films were a hit and Bogie was a star.

But it was the film that followed that would make him an icon: Casablanca. Although both Bogie and co-star Ingrid Bergman did not think much of Casablanca, it was a huge success and even won an Academy Award for Best Picture. But for Bogie the following film would have much more of an impact on his life: To Have and Have Not.

Lauren Bacall

His co-star was the nineteen-year old Lauren Bacall. They fell for each other instantly, even though Bogie was still married. His next film, The Big Sleep, featured Bacall as well, and Bogie was torn between his marriage and his growing love for Bacall. On May 10th 1945 the divorce between Mayo and Bogie was finalized and on May 21st he married Bacall. It was a happy marriage and in 1949 Bacall gave birth to their first child: a son named Stephen after Bogie’s character in To Have and Have Not.

In 1947 Bogie had secured his financial future with a new contract at Warner Bros.: one million dollars a year for fifteen years. 1948 proved an exciting year for him; he started his own production company named after his boat Santana and organized a delegation to Washington DC against the House Un-American Activities Committee’s (who researched Communist activities) harassment of Hollywood screenwriters and actors. Meanwhile Bogie worked steadily on films like Key Largo and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. In 1951 Bogie started working on The African Queen with Katharine Hepburn and his wife followed him on location, as he liked to have her with him. Filming wasn’t easy, almost the entire crew came down with dysentery, but it earned him an Oscar for Best Actor.

Final Years

In 1952 Bogie and Bacall became parents to a girl they named Leslie, after actor Leslie Howard who was responsible for Bogie’s big break.  Although he made iconic movies like Sabrina and The Barefoot Contessa during these days, Bogie was starting to lose his appeal to the public in the early 50’s. Method actors like Marlon Brando were taking over and Bogie became a thing of the past. In 1956 Bogie was diagnosed with throat cancer. Despite several operations and chemotherapy Bogie’s health declined and he passed away on January 14th, 1957.

See his life in pictures in the Humphrey Bogart Gallery.

Read about his relationship with Lauren Bacall here.

The Harder They Fall 1956
Eddie Willis

The Desperate Hours 1955
Glenn Griffin

The Left Hand of God 1955
Jim Carmody

We’re No Angels 1955

Producers’ Showcase (TV series) 1955
Duke Mantee (1 episode)

The Barefoot Contessa 1954
Harry Dawes

Sabrina (1954)
Linus Larrabee

The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Philip Francis Queeg

Beat The Devil (1953)
Billy Danreuther

The Jack Benny Program (TV series) (1953)
Babyface Bogart

Battle Circus (1953)
Jed Webbe

Road to Bali (1952)
Charlie Allnut

Deadline-USA (1952)
Ed Hutcheson

The African Queen (1951)
Charlie Allnut

Sirocco (1951)
Harry Smith

The Enforcer (1951)
Martin Ferguson

In a Lonely Place (1950)
Dixon Steele

Chain Lightning (1950)
Matthew Brennan

Tokyo Joe (1949)
Joseph Barrett

Knock on Any Door (1949)
Andrew Morton

Key Largo (1948)
Frank McCloud

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Dark Passage (1947)
Vincent Parry

The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Geoffrey Carroll

Dead Reckoning (1947)
Rip Murdock

The Big Sleep (1946)
Philip Marlowe

Conflict (1945)
Richard Mason

To Have and Have Not (1944)
Harry Morgan

Passage to Marseille (1944)
Jean Matrac

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Humphrey Bogart

Sahara (1943)
Joe Gunn

Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Joe Rossi

Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine

Across the Pacific (1942)
Rick Leland

The Big Shot (1942)
Joseph ‘Duke’ Berne

In This Our Life (1942)

All Through the Night (1941)
Gloves Donaheu

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Samuel Spade

The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
Nick Coster

High Sierra (1941)
Roy Earle

They Drive By Night (1940)
Paul Fabrini

Brother Orchid (1940)
Jack Buck

It All Came True (1940)
Grasselli/Chips Maguire

Virginia City (1940)
John Murrell

Invisible Stripes (1939)
Chuck Martin

The Return of Doctor X (1939)
Marshall Quesne

The Roaring Twenties (1939)
George Hally

Dark Victory (1939)
Michael O’Leary

You Can’t Get Away With Murder (1939)
Frank Wilson

The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
Whip McCord

King of the Underworld (1939)
Joe Gurney

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
James Frazier

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
Rocks Valentine

Racket Busters (1938)

Men are Such Fools (1938)
Harry Galleon

Crime School (1938)
Mark Braden

Swing Your Lady (1938)

Complot in Hollywood (1937)

Dead End (1937)
‘Baby Face’ Martin

San Quentin (1937)
Joe ‘Red’ Kennedy

Kid Galahead (1937)
Turkey Morgan

Marked Woman (1937)
David Graham

The Great O’Malley (1937)
John Phillips

Black Legion (1937)
Frank Taylor

Isle of Fury (1936)
Val Stevens

China Clipper (1936)
Hap Stuart

Two Against the World (1936)
Sherry Scott

Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Bugs Fenner

The Petrified Forrest (1936)
Duke Mantee

Midnight (1934)
Gar Boni

Three on a Match (1932)

Big City Blue (1932)
Shep Adkins

Love Affair (1932)
Jim Leonard

A Holy Terror (1931)
Steve Nash

Women of All Nations (1931)
Stone (deleted scenes)

The Bad Sister (1931)
Valentine Corliss

Body and Soul (1931)
Jim Watson

A Devil With Women (1930)
Tom Standish

Up The River (1930)
Steve Jordan

Broadway’s Like That (1930)
Ruth’s Fiancé

The Dancing Town (1928)

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