Humphrey Bogart, who was born in New York City on Christmas Day of 1899, had a great acting career, and starred in classic films such as The African Queen , Casablanca , and The Maltese Falcon .
To commemorate the legendary American actor, I have created a list of 10 interesting facts about him.
A private academy expelled him for unclear reasons
Along with his two sisters, Bogart went to a private school when he was young. Although he had academic potential, he never applied himself to academics. Through family relations, the American actor was allowed to study at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Although the family hoped that Bogart would eventually study at Yale University, he was expelled from Phillips Academy for delinquent behavior. There are discrepancies about what happened, but one account was that he allegedly pushed the headmaster into a body of water at the academy.
Bogart improvised his line “Here’s looking at you, Kid.”
During a scene in Paris, Bogart improvised the line “Here’s looking at you, Kid.” Although the line was not in the script, the leading actor felt that it had a natural flow, so it remained in the film. The line became very popular, and was recently ranked as the fifth best line in American cinema by the American Film Institute (AFI).
Five of his lines from Casablanca were well-regarded by the AFI
Along with “Here’s looking at you, Kid” being ranked as one of the best movie lines, there are four other lines in the movie that were ranked in the top 100 quotations of all time. The other four lines are, “The stuff that dreams are made of;” “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship;” “We’ll always have Paris;” and “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, she walks into mine.”
He only won one Oscar; his Award was for his performance in The African Queen
Despite arguably giving the best performance of any actor in any movie, Bogart did not win an Oscar for his performance in Casablanca. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but the Academy Award for that category in that year went to Paul Lukas for his performance in Watch on the Rhine. In my opinion, this might have been the worst mistake maede by the Academy.
In 1949, Bogart received a Sour Apple Award for Least Cooperative Actor
The Key Largo star was at the height of his acting career when he received a Sour Apple Award for Least Cooperative Actor. This award is not surprising, as Bogart was known to not have a stable personality. In that same year, Kirk Douglas won a Golden Apple for Most Cooperative Actor, while June Haver won for Most Cooperative Actress. Hedy Lamarr, who starred in the 1949 film Samson and Delilah, won the Least Cooperative Actress award.
Sadly, the American cultural icon passed away at 59
Although he had a strong physical presence on film, Bogart’s physical health was poor when he was middle-aged. In the mid-1950s, his health was decreasing, and he was losing weight rapidly. It was even estimated that, during a negotiation over an acting contract, that the famous actor would lose his teeth and hair by the time his contract expired. When he passed away at the age of 59, he weighed only 80 pounds. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn, and even former president Ronald Reagan, who was also a star in Hollywood, attended his funeral. Tracy was asked by Bacall, who was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death, to deliver the eulogy, but he was too devastated over the death; instead, Bogart’s best friend John Huston, who directed The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in which Bogart starred in, gave the eulogy.
Served in the First World War as a member of the U.S. Navy
At a time when he lacked a general idea of what he wanted to do with his life, Bogart decided to join the U.S. Navy, in 1918. In his own words on his decision to join the navy during World War I, “At eighteen, war was great stuff. Paris! Sexy French girls! Hot damn!” It is rumored that Bogart’s famous lip injury took place during his time in the navy. As a member of the navy, he was assigned to care after a prisoner who ended up hitting him in the face with his prison shackles. This injury caused great discomfort, and required the service of a doctor. As the legend has it, the doctor did not do an admirable job working on Bogart’s lip; the doctor’s poor work supposedly ended up causing the Hollywood leading actor to lisp, which was one of his notable features as an actor.
Started smoking filtered cigarettes after a nine-and-a-half hour cancer operation
As any movie guru knows, the Casablanca star was known for smoking cigarettes. On March 1, 1956, however, Bogart needed surgery because of his esophageal cancer. The surgery reportedly lasted for nine-and-a-half hours. Due to the length of the operation, the famous actor started smoking filtered cigarettes, which he ended up smoking for the rest of his life.
The American Film Institute (AFI) ranked him as the best male actor of all time
Although there are many acting legends in the history of American cinema, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the best male actor of all time. This is an interesting fact as some of the other actors who made the list are Cary Grant, James Stewart, Marlon Brando, and Fred Astaire, actors who ranked as the second, third, fourth, and fifth best male stars, respectively.
While under scrutiny from the House Un-American Activities Committee, Bogart decided to debunk the allegation
After openly voicing their opinions about the vicious Un-American Activities Committee, Bogart and Bacall decided that enough was enough about allegations that they were connected to the Communist party. The star of Sabrina even wrote an article in a magazine in 1948 that the allegations were simply untrue. Bogart titled the article “I’m no Communist.”
On a final note, although Bogart passed away many years ago, his legacy is certainly not forgotten and probably never will be. He was a tremendous actor who deserves to be ranked as the best male actor in the history of American cinema.
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