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

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACasablanca%2C_Bogart.JPG 

 

Copyright by Flora Breen Robison

 

From Broadway to Movie Extra to Tough Guy To Romantic Lead

 

HUMPHREY BOGART:

 

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.

 

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