Born Humphrey DeForest Bogart
Date of birth: December 25, 1899
Date of death: January 14, 1957
First role: The Dancing Town (1928)
Breakout role: The Petrified Forest (1936)
Final role: The Harder They Fall (1956)
Best known for…
…playing hard-boiled and cynical characters in many of his films.
…his legendary on and off-screen romance with Lauren Bacall.
…outspokenly criticizing any directors, studios and fellow actors whom he felt lacked talent or had done something unfair, and outspokenly supporting those he believed in.
…openly opposing the House Un-American Activities Committee and its practices.
…being a founding member of the Rat Pack.
- Won an Oscar for his work in The African Queen (which also won him a BAFTA award for Best Foreign Actor); nominated twice for Casablanca and The Caine Mutiny.
- Received the “Sour Apple Award” for being the “Least Cooperative Actor,” from the Hollywood Women’s Press Club in 1941.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
- Named the greatest male actor in American cinema history by AFI in 1999.
More Bogie on TMP:
Favorite things about The Big Sleep (1946)
Report on the Redford Theatre’s 2014 Valentine’s day screening of Casablanca
Three on a Match (1932) review
Bullets or Ballots (1936) review
The Petrified Forest (1936) review
Men Are Such Fools (1938) review
The Roaring Twenties (1939) review
It All Came True (1940) review
They Drive by Night (1940) review
The Desperate Hours (1955) review
What a legend! I freaking LOVE Bogie and never tire of watching him onscreen <3
Neither do I! I can’t think of a single film in which I haven’t adored his performance. Such a consistently strong actor.
He’s been one of my favorites for a long time; seeing him in ‘The Big Sleep’ was one of the reasons I became interested in classic film. And I never knew about the ‘Sour Apple Award’!
I never knew about it either until I researched his awards for this post! A pretty funny “honor” for him to receive.