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Humphrey Bogart



The quintessential tough guy, Humphrey Bogart remains one of Hollywood's most enduring legends and one of the most beloved stars of all time. While a major celebrity during his own lifetime, Bogart's appeal has grown almost exponentially in the years following his death, and his inimitable onscreen persona -- hard-bitten, cynical, and enigmatic -- continues to cast a monumental shadow over the motion picture landscape. Sensitive yet masculine, cavalier yet heroic, his ambiguities and contradictions combined to create a larger-than-life image which remains the archetype of the contemporary antihero.

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born December 25, 1899, in New York City. Upon expulsion from Andover, Massachusetts' Phillips Academy, he joined the U.S. Navy during World War I, serving as a ship's gunner. While roughhousing on the vessel's wooden stairway, he tripped and fell, a splinter becoming lodged in his upper lip; the result was a scar as well as partial paralysis of the lip, resulting in the tight-set mouth and lisp that became among his most distinctive onscreen qualities. (For years his injuries were attributed to wounds suffered in battle, although the splinter story is now more commonly accepted.)

After the war, Bogart returned to New York to accept a position on Broadway as a theatrical manager; beginning in 1920, he also started appearing onstage, but earned little notice within the performing community. In the late '20s, Bogart followed a few actor friends who had decided to relocate to Hollywood. He made his first film appearance opposite Helen Hayes in the 1928 short The Dancing Town, followed by the 1930 feature Up the River, which cast him as a hard-bitten prisoner. Warner Bros. soon signed him to a 550-dollars-a-week contract, and over the next five years he appeared in dozens of motion pictures, emerging as the perfect heavy in films like 1936's The Petrified Forest, 1937's Dead End, and 1939's The Roaring Twenties. The 1939 tearjerker Dark Victory, on the other hand, offered Bogart the opportunity to break out of his gangster stereotype, and he delivered with a strong performance indicative of his true range and depth as a performer.

The year 1941 proved to be Bogart's breakthrough year, as his recent success brought him to the attention of Raoul Walsh for the acclaimed High Sierra. He was then recruited by first-time director John Huston, who cast him in the adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon; as gumshoe Sam Spade, Bogart enjoyed one of his most legendary roles, achieving true stardom and establishing the archetype for all hardboiled heroes to follow. A year later he accepted a lead in Michael Curtiz's romantic drama Casablanca. The end result was one of the most beloved films in the Hollywood canon, garnering Bogart his first Academy Award nomination as well as an Oscar win in the Best Picture category.

Bogart then teamed with director Howard Hawks for his 1944 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, appearing for the first time opposite actress Lauren Bacall. Their onscreen chemistry was electric, and by the time they reunited two years later in Hawks' masterful film noir The Big Sleep, they had also married in real life. Subsequent pairings in 1947's Dark Passage and 1948's Key Largo cemented the Bogey and Bacall pairing as one of the screen's most legendary romances. His other key relationship remained his frequent collaboration with Huston, who helmed 1948's superb The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. In Huston, Bogart found a director sympathetic to his tough-as-nails persona who was also capable of subverting that image. He often cast the actor against type, to stunning effect; under Huston's sure hand, he won his lone Oscar in 1951's The African Queen.

Bogart's other pivotal director of the period was Nicholas Ray, who helmed 1949's Knock on Any Door and 1950's brilliant In a Lonely Place for the star's production company Santana. After

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event Encore
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Warner Bros. and the Homefront
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Biography: Humphrey Bogart - Behind the Legend
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet San Quentin
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet D-Day Remembered
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet WWII Battles & Victories
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Vintage Classics - Hollywood Legends - 8 DVD Pack
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Pulp Cinema
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Hollywood Legends - Humphrey Bogart & James Cagney
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Best of Film Noir
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Bacall on Bogart
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Dealers in Death: Murder and Mayhem in America
  • Actor
1984
100% The Harder They Fall
  • Eddie Willis
1956
No Score Yet The Left Hand of God
  • Jim Carmody
1955
83% The Desperate Hours
  • Glenn Griffin
1955
No Score Yet We're No Angels
  • Joseph
1955
91% Sabrina
  • Linus Larrabee
1954
92% The Caine Mutiny
  • Capt. Queeg
1954
No Score Yet The Love Lottery
  • Himself
1954
100% The Barefoot Contessa
  • Harry Dawes
1954
67% Beat the Devil
  • Billy Dannreuther
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Battle Circus
  • Maj. Jed Webbe
1953
No Score Yet Deadline - U.S.A.
  • Ed Hutcheson
1952
No Score Yet Road to Bali
  • Charlie Allnut
1952
100% The African Queen
  • Charlie Allnut
1951
86% The Enforcer
  • Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson
1951
No Score Yet Sirocco
  • Harry Smith
1951
97% In a Lonely Place
  • Dixon Steele
1950
No Score Yet Hollywood Without Makeup
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning
  • Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan
1950
No Score Yet Tokyo Joe
  • Joseph 'Joe' Barrett
1949
70% Knock on Any Door
  • Andrew Morton
1949
100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Fred C. Dobbs
1948
97% Key Largo
  • Frank McCloud
1948
92% Dark Passage
  • Vincent Parry
1947
No Score Yet The Two Mrs. Carrolls
  • Geoffrey Carroll
1947
67% Dead Reckoning
  • Capt. 'Rip' Murdock
1947
96% The Big Sleep
  • Philip Marlowe
1946
No Score Yet Conflict
  • Richard Mason
1945
97% To Have and Have Not
  • Harry Morgan
1944
No Score Yet Passage to Marseille
  • Jean Matrac
1944
100% Sahara
  • Sgt. Joe Gunn
1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Specialty
1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic
  • Lt. Joe Rossi
1943
97% Casablanca
  • Rick Blaine
1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific
  • Richard Leland
1942
100% All Through the Night
  • Gloves Donahue
1941
100% The Maltese Falcon
  • Sam Spade
1941
No Score Yet The Wagons Roll At Night
  • Nick Coster
1941
94% High Sierra
  • Roy Earle
1941
95% They Drive by Night
  • Paul Fabrini
1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid
  • Jack Buck
1940
No Score Yet It All Came True
  • Grasselli/Chips Maguire
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • John Murrell
1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes
  • Chuck Martin
1939
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X
  • Dr. Maurice Xavier/Marshall Quesne
1939
86% Dark Victory
  • Michael O'Leary
1939
No Score Yet The Oklahoma Kid
  • Whip McCord
1939
100% The Roaring Twenties
  • George Hally
1939
No Score Yet King of the Underworld
  • Joe Gurney
1939
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
  • 'Rocks' Valentine
1938
No Score Yet Men Are Such Fools
  • Harry Galleon
1938
No Score Yet Crime School
  • Mark Braden
1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady
  • Ed Hatch
1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • James Frazier
1938
No Score Yet Racket Busters
  • John `Czar' Martin
1938
No Score Yet Stand-In
  • Douglas Quintain
1937
89% Dead End
  • Baby Face Martin
1937
No Score Yet San Quentin
  • Joe 'Red' Kennedy
1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad
  • Turkey Morgan
1937
No Score Yet The Great O'Malley
  • John Phillips
1937
No Score Yet Black Legion
  • Frank Taylor
1937
100% Marked Woman
  • David Graham
1937
No Score Yet Isle of Fury
  • Valentine 'Val' Stevens
1936
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots
  • 'Bugs' Fenner
1936
100% The Petrified Forest
  • Duke Mantee
1936
No Score Yet China Clipper
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Call It Murder
  • Garboni
1934
No Score Yet Three on a Match
  • Harve the Mug
1932
No Score Yet Up the River
  • Steve Jordan
1930
No Score Yet Hollywood Retrospectives - Bacall on Bogart
  • Actor
No Score Yet Home Front
  • Actor

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