In the classic Hollywood era, many notable film and stage actors have risen with so much talent and skill. Humphrey Bogart was undoubtedly one of the greats of the time when he was named the greatest male star of classical American cinema by the American Film Institute in 1999.
After a career that spanned three decades and a plethora of accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and a posthumous induction onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the life of Humphrey Bogart is definitely worth reading.
Humphrey Bogart’s biography
The talented American actor was born in New York City in the State of New York in the United States of America on December 25, 1899 according to official records. There have been claims that his exact date of birth was January 23, 1900, although these claims have been ruled out. At birth he was christened Humphrey DeForest Bogart. His father, Belmont Deforest Bogart, of both English and Dutch descent, was a surgeon while his mother, Maud Humphrey, of English descent, was an illustrator and a member of the militant women’s organizations fighting for women’s right to vote in public elections.
Bogart, alongside his two younger sisters, Frances and Catherine, grew up amid wealth on a lakeside estate in upstate New York. Although his father was Presbyterian, Humphrey was raised practically as a bishop, which happened to be his mother’s religion. He was enrolled in a number of fancy private schools such as Delancey School, which he left after fifth grade and then transferred to Trinity School. He was also accepted into the prestigious Philips Academy in Massachusetts, but was later expelled.
In 1918, shortly before expulsion from school, Humphrey Bogart decided on a career at sea and enlisted in the United States Navy bond salesman during World War I and went on to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve.
He started out in entertainment as a stage manager before eventually venturing into acting. He got off to a fairly slow start trying to impress, but later found his footing. His celebrated works include ‘The Petrified Forest’ (1936), ‘High Sierra’ (1941) and ‘The Maltese Falcon (1941)
‘. Casablanca” and “The Caine”. He eventually won an Oscar for his performance in The African Queen, which was released in 1951.
Bogart finally hit the jackpot when he married American actress Lauren Bacall, later named among the great actresses of Classic Hollywood. They married in Ohio at the country home of Bogart’s closest friend, Louis Bromfield. Their union ended with the death of Humphrey Bogart in 1957. The award-winning actor has only two children from his four marriages, and they all came from his marriage to Lauren Bacall.
His first child came when he was already clocking49 and it was a son. Stephen Humphrey Bogart was born on January 6, 1949 and later became an author. Three years after the birth of his son, his daughter Leslie was born. Leslie Howard Bogart arrived on August 23, 1952.
Humphrey Bogart’s greatness
The Oscar winner is 1.73m tall which makes Humphrey Bogart quite tall. His size coupled with his weight of around 70kg gives him a good build.
Death – how Humphrey Bogart died
Hollywood and the world at large witnessed the death of a legend when Humphrey Bogart stepped out of the bucket on January 14, 1957 at the age of just 57. His death came after a failed operation to remove an esophageal cancer growth, which he had previously been diagnosed with the previous year – 1956.