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Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart
Bogart in 1946
Personal information
Birth nameHumphrey DeForest Bogart
Birth dateDecember 25, 1899
Place of birthNew York City, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 14, 1957(age 57)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathEsophageal cancer
EducationTrinity School
Alma materPhillips Academy
Years active1921 1956
Home townNew York City, New York
Height5 ft 8 in (1.7 m)
SpouseHelen Menken (1926 1927, divorced)
Mary Philips (1928 1937, divorced)
Mayo Methot (1938 1945, divorced)
Lauren Bacall (1945 1957, his death)
ChildrenStephen Humphrey Bogart (January 6, 1949)
Leslie Howard Bogart (August 23, 1952)
ParentsDr. Belmont DeForest Bogart,
Maud Humphrey

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Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 January 14, 1957) was an American actor. He is widely regarded as a cultural icon.

The American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema.

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 (1938) and B-movies like The Return of Doctor X (1939).

His breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941, with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. The next year, his performance in Casablanca 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), In a Lonely Place (1950), The African Queen (1951), 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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