Humphrey Bogart

Born Dec 25, 1899

Humphrey DeForest Bogart 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.… Read More

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Bogart was born on December 25, 1899, in New York City, the eldest child of Dr. Belmont DeForest Bogart (1867 – 1934) and Maud Humphrey (1868 – 1940). … Read More
1900 Birth Sperber and Lax also noted that a birth announcement, printed in the Ontario County Times on January 10, 1900, effectively rules out the possibility of a January 23 birthdate; and state and federal census records from 1900 report a Christmas 1899 birthdate as well. … Read More


1918 18 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His parents hoped he would go on to Yale, but in 1918 Bogart was expelled. … Read More


1921 21 Years Old …  A few months later he made his stage debut as a Japanese butler in Alice's 1921 play Drifting, nervously speaking one line of dialog. … Read More
1922 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Preferring to learn as he went, Bogart never took acting lessons. He was persistent and worked steadily at his craft, appearing in at least seventeen Broadway productions between 1922 and 1935. … Read More
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On April 3, 1928, he married Mary Philips, whom he'd met when they appeared in the play Nerves during its very brief run at the Comedy Theatre in September 1924, at her mother's apartment in Hartford, Connecticut. … Read More


1930 30 Years Old Bogart shuttled back and forth between Hollywood and the New York stage from 1930 to 1935, suffering long periods without work.
1934 34 Years Old 1 More Event
His parents had separated, his father dying in 1934 in debt, which Bogart eventually paid off. … Read More
1936 36 Years Old …  Between 1936 and 1940 he averaged a movie every two months, at times working on two simultaneously. … Read More
1937 37 Years Old …  After the play closed she relented, but insisted on continuing her career and the couple divorced in 1937.
1938 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1938, Warner Bros. put Bogart in a "hillbilly musical" called Swing Your Lady as a wrestling promoter; he later apparently considered this his worst film performance.


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1943 43 Years Old During part of 1943 and 1944, Bogart went on USO and War Bond tours accompanied by Methot, enduring arduous travels to Italy and North Africa, including Casablanca. … Read More
…  The film was completed and slated for release in 1945, then withdrawn and substantially re-edited to add new, juiced-up scenes exploiting both the box office chemistry that shone between Bogart and Bacall in To Have and Have Not, and the notoriety of their personal relationship. … Read More
1946 46 Years Old On August 21, 1946, Bogart was honored in a ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater to record his hand and footprints in cement. … Read More
1947 47 Years Old Riding high in 1947 with a new contract which provided limited script refusal and the right to form his own production company, Bogart reunited with John Huston for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a stark tale of greed played out by three gold prospectors in Mexico. … Read More
1948 48 Years Old 1 More Event
He subsequently wrote an article "I'm No Communist" in the March 1948 edition of Photoplay magazine in which he distanced himself from The Hollywood Ten to counter the negative publicity resulting from his appearance. … Read More
1949 49 Years Old Bogart became a first-time father at age 49 when Bacall gave birth to Stephen Humphrey Bogart on January 6, 1949, during the filming of Tokyo Joe. … Read More


1950 - 1952 4 More Events
1954 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Just three years after his Best Actor triumph in African Queen, Bogart dropped his asking price to get the role of Captain Queeg in Edward Dmytryk's 1954 drama The Caine Mutiny.
1955 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Bogart rounded out 1955 with The Desperate Hours, directed by William Wyler. … Read More
Bogart, a heavy smoker and drinker, had developed cancer of the esophagus. He almost never spoke of his failing health and refused to see a doctor until January 1956.
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