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Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey DeForest Bogart, born on Christmas Day 1899 in New York City, was a legendary actor from Hollywood's Golden Age. He began his career on the Broadway stage in the 1920s, before moving into films at the end of that decade, where he was often typecast in supporting gangster roles.

Things changed dramatically in the 1940s for Bogart. His breakthrough came with his role as Sam Spade in John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941). However, it was his portrayal of Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942) that catapulted him to international fame and has gone on to become one of the most beloved films in cinematic history.

Bogart's career continued to flourish during the 40s with notable roles including To Have and Have Not (1944), where he began his affair with his future wife, Lauren Bacall, their onscreen chemistry carrying on through The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948).

Despite his tough-guy image on screen, Bogart was a versatile actor who could effortlessly transition from crime dramas to romantic classics. His talent earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The African Queen (1951), opposite Katharine Hepburn.

Sadly, Humphrey Bogart's life was cut short when he succumbed to cancer on January 14, 1957, but his legacy and influence on the world of cinema endures.

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