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Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2012

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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.