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Humphrey Bogart

  • Birth 25 Dec 1899 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 14 Jan 1957 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Garden of Memory, Columbarium of Eternal Light, Garden Niche 647 (Locked area. Not accessible to the general public).
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  • Memorial ID 108

Actor. Widely regarded as an American culture icon, he is probably best remembered for his legendary films "High Sierra" (1941, with Ida Lupino), "The Maltese Falcon" (1941, with Mary Astor), "Casablanca" (1942, with Ingrid Bergman), "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948, with Walter Huston), "The African Queen" (1951, with Katharine Hepburn, for which he won his only Academy Award for Best Actor), and "The Caine Mutiny" (1954, with Jose Ferrer). During a film career of almost 30 years, he appeared in 75 feature films. The oldest of three children whose father was a cardiopulmonary surgeon and whose mother was a commercial illustrator, he received his early education at private schools before attending the prestigious preparatory school Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts from where he was expelled in early 1918 for his poor academic performance and improper behavior. In the spring of 1918 he enlisted in the US Navy during World War I and after his enlistment was completed, he joined the US Naval Reserve and worked as a shipper and then bond salesman, eventually getting an office job working for William A. Brady Sr.'s new company, World Films. In 1921 he made his stage debut in "Drifting" as a Japanese butler and from 1922 until 1935 he appeared in about 20 Broadway productions. In 1928 he relocated to California and appeared in his first film role, the two-reeler "The Dancing Town" with Helen Hayes. Shortly afterwards he signed a contract with Fox Film Corporation where he met Spencer Tracy, who first called him "Bogie," and they became close friends. In 1930 he and Tracy appeared in their only film together, John Ford's "Up the River." He shuffled between Hollywood and Broadway from 1930 until 1935, often going for long periods without work. In 1934 he starred in the Broadway play "Invitation to a Murder" at the Theatre Masque which led him to the part of escaped murderer 'Duke Mantee' in Robert E. Sherwood's new play, "The Petrified Forest." In 1936 Warner Brothers Studio then purchased the screen rights to the play and he starred in the same role in the film version. Between 1936 and 1940 he averaged a movie every two months, sometimes even working on two simultaneously, appearing in films like "San Quentin" (1937), "Black Legion" (1937), "Dead End" (1937), "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938), "Swing Your Lady" (1938), "The Return of Doctor X" (1939), and "You Can't Get Away with Murder" (1939). His 1941 film "High Sierra" elevated him to stardom, followed later that year by "The Maltese Falcon" and in 1942 by "Casablanca," which won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Picture and he was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role but did not win. The film vaulted him from 4th place to first in Warner Brothers roster and by 1946 he was the highest paid actor in the world. In 1944 he starred with 19-year-old Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not," who he would eventually marry the following year. They went on to star together in "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947), and Key Largo" (1948). In 1948 he formed his own production company Santana Productions and performed in his final Warner Brothers films "Chain Lightening" (1950) and "The Enforcer" (1951). Under his Santana Productions, which released its films through Columbia Pictures, he starred in "Knock on Any Door" (1949), "Tokyo Joe" (1949), "In a Lonely Place" (1950), "Sirocco" (1951) and "Beat the Devil" (1954). In 1951 he starred with Katharine Hepburn in the United Artists film "The African Queen," filmed on location in Africa's Belgian Congo, and was the first Technicolor film in which he appeared. His role as 'Charlie Allnutt' won him his only Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and he considered his performance to be the best of his film career. This was followed by Columbia Pictures "The Caine Mutiny" (1954, with Jose Ferrer), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, Paramount Pictures "Sabrina" (1954, with Audrey Hepburn), and United Artists "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954, with Ava Gardner). In 1955 he starred in 20th Century Fox's "The Left Hand of God,", Paramount's "We're No Angels," and "The Desperate Hours." He rarely appeared on television but he and Bacall appeared on Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person" and also worked together on an early color telecast in 1955, an NBC live adaptation of "The Petrified Forest" for "Producers' Showcase." By this time his health was beginning. A heavy smoker and drinker, in early 1956 he was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and in March of that year he underwent surgery to remove his esophagus, two lymph nodes, and a rib but it was too late to prevent the spread of the disease, even with chemotherapy. The following January he died at his home after falling into a coma at the age of 57. His final film appearance was in "The Harder They Fall" (1956), in which some of his takes were inaudible and required post-production dubbing reportedly by Paul Frees, who also appeared in the film. In February 1960 he was posthumously given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to films. In 1997 the US Postal Service honored him with a stamp bearing his image in its "Legends of Hollywood" series. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked him as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema and on June 24, 2006 a section of 103rd Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue, in New York City New York was renamed "Humphrey Bogart Place." He was married four times, first to actress Helen Menken (1926 to 1927), actress Mary Philips (1928 to 1937), actress Mayo Methof (1938 to 1945), and finally actress Lauren Bacall (1945 until his death).

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