A figure is well known for playing gangsters in the first half of the 20th century. beloved by the public for his role as a detective. The man was so popular that a cult started in his name after his death. Know The Fact throws light on the life of one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, Humphrey Bogart.
The icon of American culture, Humphrey DeForest Bogart, called “Bogie” at times, was born on December 25, 1899. Bestowed with the honorific title of the greatest male star of classical American cinema, Humphrey Bogart left his mark as a great actor in Hollywood. Although Bogart was a much-loved actor in the 1940s and the 1950s, he achieved his legendary status after his demise.
Humphrey Bogart’s acting career started off with him acting in Broadway shows. He first starred in the motion picture Up the River (1930) for Fox. He later played supporting roles for the next decade, portraying gangsters on a regular basis.
Humphrey Bogart was applauded for his role as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936). Nonetheless, he remained a supporting actor to other Warner Bros. actors who received lead roles. Bogart was also praised for his performance as gangster Hugh “Baby Face” Martin in the film Dead End (1937), directed by William Wyler. His climb to stardom started with High Sierra (1941). It reached its pinnacle with The Maltese Falcon (1941), which is counted among the first great noir films.
The persona of a private detective, which Bogart played as Sam Spade (in The Maltese Falcon) and Philip Marlowe (in 1946’s The Big Sleep), became the definition of detective in noir films. His most groundbreaking lead role was with Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942). This earned him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Humphery Bogart’s performances in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and In a Lonely Place (1950) are now considered among his best. This was not always the case. They were not perceived as such when the films were released. Humphrey Bogart repeated those disrupted, temperamental characteristics as a World War II maritime vessel officer in The Caine Mutiny (1954).
This was an important commercial hit and procured him another Best Actor nomination. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his depiction of a cranky waterway captain. He was given this award due to his excellent performance in the film The African Queen. This movie also starred Katharine Houghton Hepburn.
The personality of Humphrey Bogart
Bogart was an avid reader and could easily quote Plato, Alexander Pope, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and over a thousand lines of Shakespeare. He even subscribed to the Harvard Law Review. Bogart was a liberal who could be rebellious at times but was mostly well-mannered and punctual.
Even though he liked the attention actors received, he himself was a modest person. Bogart was also known to have a detached, cold demeanour. He used to spend much of his leisure time in speakeasies, drinking heavily. Humphrey Bogart never took acting lessons. He preferred learning how to act by, well, simply starting to act.
On August 21, 1946, Humphrey Bogart had his hand-and footprints recorded in cement in a ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. After his death, Bogart was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion-picture star at 6322 Hollywood Boulevard. Humphrey Bogart was honoured by the United States Postal Service with a stamp in its “Legends of Hollywood” series in 1997. He was the third figure to be recognized.
On June 24, 2006, 103rd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue in New York City was renamed after Humphrey Bogart. Its new name is Humphrey Bogart Place.
A heavy smoker and drinker, Bogart passed away due to oesophagal cancer in January 1957.