Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

December 25th, 1899 -- January 14th, 1957

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He was born on Christmas Day, 1899 and he died January 14th 1957 at the age of 57 from esophagus cancer.

His last words were "I never should have switched from scotch to martinis."

Today Humphrey Bogart is a cultural icon.

In 1997, Entertainment Weekly magazine named Humphrey Bogart 'the number one movie legend of all time'.

In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Humphrey Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. 

Bogie's most famous film was 1942's Casablanca.

A film which garnered him four entries in the American Film Institutes' top 100 quotations in America cinema:

Here's looking at you, kid – #5th

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. -- #20th

We'll always have Paris. – 43rd

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. – 67th

His fifth entry (the most of any actor) was "The stuff that dreams are made of" from 1941's The Maltese Falcon which was ranked number 14.

Nominated for an Academy Award for best actor three times, he won once for 1951's The African Queen which was directed by his friend and drinking buddy John Huston.

An interesting glimpse of what type of man Bogie was revealed in a story the appeared in the singer/actress Lena Horne's(Jun e 39th, 1917 -- May 9th 2010) New York Times obituary:

She had been singing at the Manhattan nightclub Café Society when the impresario Felix Young chose her to star at the Trocadero, a nightclub he was planning to open in Hollywood in the fall of 1941. In 1990, Ms. Horne reminisced:

“My only friends were the group of New Yorkers who sort of stuck with their own group — like Vincente [Minnelli], Gene Kelly, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen, and Richard Whorf — the sort of hip New Yorkers who allowed Paul Robeson and me in their houses.”

Since blacks were not allowed to live in Hollywood, “Felix Young, a white man, signed for the house as if he was going to rent it,” Ms. Horne said. “When the neighbors found out, Humphrey Bogart, who lived right across the street from me, raised hell with them for passing around a petition to get rid of me.”

Bogart, she said, “sent word over to the house that if anybody bothered me, please let him know.”

Here's looking at you, Bogie.

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