1. Bogart began acting in 1921 after a hitch in the U.S. Navy in World War I and little success in various jobs in finance and the production side of the theater.
2. Gradually he became a regular in Broadway shows in the 1920s and 1930s.
3. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, Bogart turned to film.
4. His first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest .
5. The next year, his performance in Casablanca raised him to the peak of his profession and, at the same time, cemented his trademark film persona, that of the hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side.
6. During a film career of almost 30 years, Bogart appeared in more than 75 feature films.
7. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star of Classic American cinema.
8. Over his career, he received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, winning one .
9. Bogart was born on Christmas Day, 1899, in New York City, the eldest child of Dr. Belmont DeForest Bogart .
10. Belmont was the only child of the unhappy marriage of Adam Watkins Bogart, a Canandaigua, New York innkeeper, and his wife, Julia, a wealthy heiress.
11. The name “Bogart” comes from the Dutch surname “Bogaert”, which derives from the word “bogaard”, short for “boomgaard”, meaning “orchard”. Belmont and Maud married in June 1898, he was Presbyterian of English and Dutch descent, she an Episcopalian of English heritage.
12. Young Humphrey was raised in the Episcopal faith, but was non-practicing for most of his adult life.
13. Lauren Bacall confirmed in her autobiography that his birthday was always celebrated on Christmas Day, adding that he joked that he was cheated out of a present every year because of it.
14. His mother, Maud, was a commercial illustrator who received her art training in New York and France, including study with James McNeill Whistler.
15. Later she became art director of the fashion magazine The Delineator and a militant suffragette. The Bogarts lived in a fashionable Upper West Side apartment, and had an elegant cottage on a 55-acre estate on Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York.
16. Humphrey had two younger sisters, Frances . His parents were busy in their careers and frequently fought.
17. Maud told her offspring to call her “Maud” not “Mother”, and showed little if any physical affection for them.
18. When pleased she ” “I was brought up very unsentimentally but very straightforwardly.
19. As a boy, Bogart was teased for his curls, tidiness, the “cute” pictures his mother had him pose for, the Little Lord Fauntleroy clothes she dressed him in, and even for the name “Humphrey”.