Humphrey Bogart biography 2022

Actor Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart biography

Humphrey Bogart (Humphrey DeForest Bogart) was born on December 25, 1899, and was an American actor. No actor from Hollywood's heyday outshines Humphrey Bogart today, but his career started slowly. He played minor roles in the theater in the 1920s and came to Hollywood in 1930, where he got his breakthrough as the gangster in The Petrified Forest (1936), a role he had also played in the theater.

After this, he had several gangster roles, but only when he got on the right side of the law in his roles did he become "the real Bogart": a cool individualist and romantic tough idealist on cleaning up a corrupt world.

In The Maltese Falcon (1941), he founded the dark city's cotton-coat-clad private detective with sarcastic lines behind a snarling wolfish smile. The figure became a classic and a model for most of the genre's types since then. He varied the role with greater sensitivity in The Big Sleep (1946), where he continued the erotically subtle interplay with his wife, Lauren Bacall, from To Have and Have Not (1945).

The definitive Bogart film was Casablanca (1942), in which the grand romantic gesture and Humphrey Bogart's noble solitude merged into the higher unity of melodrama. In addition, the gold digger in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), the good-natured swamped riverboat skipper in African Queen (1951), and the mentally disturbed captain in The Caine Mutiny (1954) contribute to the portrait of a film star who, in addition to personifying a period and its style, had a timeless and nuanced talent for characterization.

Numerous television reruns have both consolidated and increased Humphrey Bogart's popularity. Woody Allen's play Play It Again, Sam, filmed as Bogart and Me (1972), was a tribute to the monumental status of the Bogart myth.

Died on January 14, 1957.

last updated October 2022

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