HUMPHREY BOGART d1957. American actor widely regarded as a cultural icon and ranked by the AFI as the Greatest Male film star of all time. After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a regular in Broadway productions in the 1920s-1930s. The stock market crash of 1929 reduced his paydays and he turned to film acting. Early successes included ; The Petrified Forest (1936) and Angels With Dirt Faces (1938). His breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941, with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. 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. Other successes followed including ; To Have and Have Not (1944) / The Big Sleep (1946) / Key Largo (1948) / The African Queen (1951) / Sabrina (1954) and The Caine Mutiny (1954). During a film career of almost thirty years, he appeared in 75 feature films. A lifetime heavy drinker and smoker, he died in poor health aged just 57 of cancer related illnesses.
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