Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2012
Copyright by Flora Breen Robison
From Broadway to Movie Extra to Tough Guy To Romantic Lead
Humphrey Bogart was the biggest movie star of all time, according to the AFI
Unlikely features he had for a movie star: he wasn’t handsome or tall, but gruff
Made his big screen debut in 1930 at age 30, and had his first big hit in 1936
Portrayed criminals, private eyes, complex characters, patriots, fighters, and lovers
Humphrey was born on Christmas Day in 1899 and died in 1957 at the age of 57
Rick Blaine, Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, and Lt. Queeg are some famous roles
Yet he started out playing whatever role he could get, including an odd cowboy
Bogart met Lauren Bacall when they appeared together in To Have and Have Not
Only four movies they made together from 1944 to 1948 – Key Largo was the last
George Raft turned down films that made Bogart famous, including Casablanca.
Always credited lead actor Leslie Howard for his big break in The Petrified Forest
Reached Romantic Lead status in 1942 in Casablanca opposite Ingrid Bergman
The Harder They Fall was his final film in 1956 in which he played Eddie Willis.