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Humphrey Bogart Net Worth

# Fact 1 Jack Warner originally turned him down because he objected to his lisp. 2 Bogart and his third wife Mayo Methot had such a raucous relationship that they were known in Hollywood as “The Battling Bogarts”. 3 Usually smoked 40 cigarettes a day. 4 The first actor to form his own production company. 5 Became a father for the 2nd time at age 52 when his 4th wife Lauren Bacall gave birth to their daughter Leslie Bogart on August 23, 1952. 6 Became a father for the 1st time at age 49 when his 4th wife Lauren Bacall gave birth to their son Stephen H. Bogart on January 6, 1949. 7 Has a street named after him in Hallstead, Pennsylvania. 8 Bogart often played sailors in films such as The African Queen (1951), The Caine Mutiny (1954) and Action in the North Atlantic (1943). In real life Bogart joined the US Navy during the the First World War and served on the troopship USS Leviathan in the North Atlantic. 9 Bogart’s friend, journalist Joe Hyams, wrote an authorized biography, “Bogie: The Definitive Biography of Humphrey Bogart” with an introduction by Lauren Bacall published by the New American Library in 1966. 10 Bogart’s father, a wealthy surgeon, was friends with famed Broadway and film producer William A. Brady and the families lived near each other in New York City. It was through Brady that Bogart got his first acting job on Broadway, and he in fact worked for a while as the manager of Brady’s film studio, World Films. 11 According to “The Fifty Year Decline and Fall of Hollywood” by Ezra Goodman, Bogart would often strategically disappear from his table at the Hollywood landmark restaurant Romanoff’s–a favorite Bogart hangout–when the check was brought to the table, especially after he had invited a magazine writer to dinner and drinks. Often the writer would wind up having to put on his expense account the bill that Bogart had run up for himself and his friends. 12 Clifton Webb once said about Bogart, “Humphrey was not a tough guy, He was not at all. He was about as tough as Little Lord Fauntleroy”. 13 Was producer Hal B. Wallis‘ first choice as Burt Lancaster‘s co-star in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). The role was eventually played by Kirk Douglas. 14 The “Bogart Lisp” has been the subject of much speculation. However, it is now believed that it was natural and not the result of a combat injury (other stories attribute it to a drunken bar fight or an attack by a prisoner he was transporting while serving as a Shore Patrolman) during his US Navy service in WW I. His son, Steve Bogart, has the same speech impediment as his father. 15 He and Lauren Bacall are immortalized in Suzanne Vega‘s song “Freeze Tag”. 16 While he was married to fiery actress Mayo Methot he discovered that she suspected him of cheating on her – he wasn’t – and had hired a private detective to follow him. Bogart found out the name of the agency the PI worked for, and called them up. When he reached the man’s boss he said, “You got a man on my tail. Would you check with him and find out where I am?”. 17 In the episode of The Simpsons (1989) entitled “Sideshow Bob Roberts”, Bogart’s name is spoofed when Lisa mentions a famous snake named ‘Humphrey Boa-Gart”. 18 Is mentioned in the Bon Jovi song “Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen of Mars” along with his wife Lauren Bacall. 19 Was best friends with John Huston. 20 Although he and wife Lauren Bacall initially protested the House Un-American Activities Committee, they both eventually succumbed to pressure and distanced themselves from the Hollywood Ten in a March 1948 Photoplay Magazine article penned by Bogart titled “I’m No Communist”. 21 After undergoing a nine-and-a-half hour operation for esophageal cancer on 1 March 1956, Bogart began smoking filtered cigarettes for the first time in his life. 22 Lauren Bacall once recalled that while John Wayne and Fred Astaire hardly knew her husband Humphrey Bogart at all, they were the first to send flowers and good wishes after Bogart was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 1956. 23 In late 1947, was to be a partner with producer Mark Hellinger in a proposed new company, Mark Hellinger Productions. Bogart invested $25,000 and was contracted to do two films a year. Hellinger owned the rights to Willard Motley‘s best selling novel “Knock on Any Door”. However, Hellinger died in Dec. 1947. The rights to the novel passed to Bogart, and it became the first film of his own new independent production company, Santana Pictures Corporation: Knock on Any Door (1949). 24 Was an outstanding chess player. At a time when many stores had a professional chess player who could be challenged by anyone, Bogie would challenge and win almost every game. The challenger would pay 50 cents. If he won, he got $1.00. Many stores wanted Bogie to turn pro, but he declined because he was making more money as a non-pro. Eventually he did turn pro and would beat 40 or more people a day. (Source: Paul Harvey, Jr.’s, “The Rest of the Story.”). 25 All four of his wives were actresses. 26 In 1952, he campaigned for Democratic Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson after initially supporting Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower. 27 Salary for 1942: $114,125. 28 He was a close friend of Richard Burton, and once confessed to the Welsh actor that his ambition had always been to act in a Shakespearean play on stage. He regretted that the public probably would not be able to take him seriously in such a role, due to his screen image as the tough guy. 29 In her essay “Humphrey and Bogie,” Louise Brooks, who knew Bogart early in his career, said that the role she felt most closely personified Bogart’s personality was Dixon “Dix” Steele in In a Lonely Place (1950): “In a film whose title perfectly defined Humphrey’s own isolation among people, In a Lonely Place (1950) gave him a role that he could play with complexity because the film character’s, the screenwriter’s, pride in his art, his selfishness, his drunkenness, his lack of energy stabbed with lightning strokes of violence, were shared equally by the real Bogart.”. 30 He was a friend of the English actor Jack Hawkins, who also suffered from throat cancer nine years after Bogart’s death. 31 He was involved in a serious automobile accident late in the production of Beat the Devil (1953). Several of his teeth were knocked out in the accident, hindering his ability to speak clearly. Director John Huston hired a young British actor noted for his mimicry skills to re-record some of Bogart’s dialog during post-production looping. And although the talent of the young impersonator is such that the difference is undetectable while viewing the film today, it is a young Peter Sellers who provides Bogart’s voice during some of the scenes. 32 Like his friends John Huston and Spencer Tracy, Bogart was a heavy smoker and a heavy drinker, allegedly sustaining two packs of Chesterfields a day. 33 For years, a 16mm print of the Janet Gaynor/Fredric March version of A Star Is Born (1937) would be screened at the Bogart household each and every Christmas Day (Bogart’s birthday) while Bogart would sit watching the film and weeping. Finally, one year, director Richard Brooks, a long-time friend of Bogart’s asked him why. “Because,” Bogart explained, “I expected a lot more of myself. And I’m never going to get it.”. 34 Is portrayed by Jerry Lacy in Play It Again, Sam (1972). 35 Is portrayed by Kevin O’Connor in Bogie (1980). 36 On June 24th, 2006, a section of West 103rd Street in the Upper West Side of New York City was renamed “Humphrey Bogart Place” in his honor. He had grown up at 245 W. 103rd Street (which is now public housing), and a plaque was put there to commemorate the event. 37 Has three films on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Dark Victory (1939) at #72, The African Queen (1951) at #48, and Casablanca (1942) at #32. 38 His performance as Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942) was ranked #19 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. However, according to Orson Welles, during ‘Casablanca’ ‘s filming, Bogart complained it was the worst movie he’d been in. 39 His performance as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941) is ranked #80 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. 40 Thomasville Furniture launched a line of classic furniture which draws inspiration from Bogart’s films, known as The Bogart Collection. 41 His performance as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941) is ranked #50 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006). 42 His performance as Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) is ranked #24 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006). 43 Father: Belmont Bogart (1867-1934), mother: Maud Humphrey (March 30, 1865 in Rochester, NY-1940), sisters: Frances Bogart (1901-?) and Catherine “Kay” Bogart (1903-?). 44 Is mentioned, along with wife Lauren Bacall, in the hit 1980s song “Key Largo” (“We had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall”). 45 So as to not look short next to co-stars like Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, through most of the shooting of Casablanca (1942) (and in a few of his other films) Bogart wore platforms under his shoes that added nearly 5 inches of height to his frame. 46 He was voted the 13th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine. 47 Frank Sinatra‘s friends, known as The Clan, were originally a group of Bogart friends who enjoyed drinking heavily. They referred to themselves as ‘The Holmby Hills Rat Pack’, since Bogart lived in the Holmby Hills section of Hollywood. The Rat Pack name had originated one morning, after a night of heavy boozing, when Bogart’s wife Lauren Bacall came upon the sodden group and flatly stated, ‘You look like a God-damned rat pack.’ Bogart enjoyed the term, and a legend was born. But Sinatra stopped using the “Rat Pack” name after Bogie died in 1957, and he and his friends hated it when others continued to label them that way (Source: Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies). 48 He had many famous visitors as he grew ill from cancer during the year before he died, including but not limited to Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Marilyn Monroe, George Cukor, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Ustinov, Billy Wilder, Dean Martin, and Kirk Douglas. 49 His marriage to Lauren Bacall occurred at the Pleasant Valley area of Richland County, Ohio, known as Malabar Farm, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield (4 miles southeast of Lucas within Monroe Township). The home is now an Ohio State Park. 50 Almost all of the roles that made him a star (after a decade of toiling in minor films) were roles he got because George Raft had turned them down, from High Sierra (1941), in which Bogie was first noticed as a viable box office draw, to Casablanca (1942), which made him a true international star. Ironically, after having been overshadowed by Raft the whole first half of his career, Bogart remains a legend while Raft is all-but-forgotten. 51 He was voted the Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. 52 Though a poor student, he was a lifelong reader, and could quote Plato, Pope, Ralph Waldo Emerson and over a thousand lines of Shakespeare. He admired writers, and some of his best friends, including Richard Brooks, who directed him in _Deadline–USA (1952), were screenwriters. 53 Off the set, he and Ingrid Bergman hardly spoke during the filming of Casablanca (1942). She said later, “I kissed him, but I never knew him.” Years later, after Ingrid Bergman had become involved with Italian director Roberto Rossellini, and borne him a child, he bawled her out for it. “You used to be a great star,” he said. “What are you now?” “A happy woman,” she replied. Bogart’s coolness towards Bergman was later revealed to have been caused by the violent jealousy of his wife at the time, Mayo Methot, whose fears were realized when Bogart entered an affair with future wife Lauren Bacall. 54 He had just turned 57 and weighed only 80 pounds when he died on January 14, 1957. 55 At 5’8″, he was almost exactly the same height as his beloved wife Lauren Bacall. 56 Although usually considered a quiet and accommodating actor by most of his collaborators, he became disliked by William Holden and Billy Wilder during the filming of Sabrina (1954). A good friend before they made the film, Wilder later said that Bogart, near the end of his life, apologized for his behavior on the set and said it was due to his personal problems. Even so, Audrey Hepburn got along with him despite his criticism of her. 57 His preferred brand of cigarettes was Chesterfield. 58 He was of English, along with Dutch, German, distant French, and remote Belgian (Walloon), ancestry. His surname was of Dutch origin. 59 Starred with his wife Lauren Bacall in the syndicated radio program “Bold Venture” (1951-1952). His character’s name was Slate Shannon. 60 Co-starred not only in Casablanca (1942), the film rated No. 1 on American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 U.S. love stories (2002), but in four other films on AFI romance list: The African Queen (1951), ranked at #xx; Dark Victory (1939), ranked at #32; Sabrina (1954),ranked at #54; and To Have and Have Not (1944), ranked at #60. 61 Pictured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 31 July 1997. 62 Maud Bogart’s drawing of her baby Humphrey appeared in a national advertising campaign for Mellin’s Baby Food, not as often erroneously reported, for Gerber. 63 Ranked #1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest screen actors. 64 Distantly related to the late Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, through her American relations. 65 Related to screenwriter Adela Rogers St. Johns; his grandfather and her grandmother were brother and sister. 66 Decades after his death, Bogie made a guest appearance on the TV horror series Tales from the Crypt (1989). Footage from several movies were computer enhanced and combined with a voice and body double to allow Bogart to receive top billing for the episode “You, Murderer.” Guest starring with “Bogie” were John Lithgow and Isabella Rossellini, performing an eerie (and hilarious) parody of her mother, Ingrid Bergman. 67 Was nicknamed “The Last Century Man” because he was born on Christmas Day 1899 (based on the popular belief that the 19th Century ended in 1899, not 1900 as it really was). 68 His coffin contains a small, gold whistle, put there by his wife, Lauren Bacall. 69 In Key Largo (1948), Bogie takes the helm of a boat called the Santana. In real life, Santana was the name of Bogie’s yacht, which he purchased from June Allyson and Dick Powell. 70 Played chess by mail with GIs during WWII. 71 Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA, in the Garden of Memory, Columbarium of Eternal Light (not accessible to the general public). 72 Named his daughter, Leslie Bogart, “Leslie” to show his gratitude to Leslie Howard, who got him his big break in The Petrified Forest (1936). 73 There is some dispute as to how Bogey’s lip injury occurred. One story is that when Bogart was in the Navy, a prisoner he was escorting attempted to escape and hit Bogart in the face with his shackles. Bogart, fearing that he would lose his position and be severely punished for letting a prisoner escape, chased down the man and brought him successfully to the Portsmouth Naval Prison. However, because the surgeon who stitched up his face did not do a very good job, Bogart was left with his trademark lisp. Another version has it that he caught a large wood splinter in his lip at the age of 12, but the combat story is more exciting – a legend, indeed. 74 Bogart’s speech defect (lisping) does not appear in the German dubbings of his voice, which is also lower. 75 Ranked #9 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997] 76 New York Times reported on 12/25/2000 that “Humphrey Bogart was born on 23 January 1899, but Warner Brothers publicity decided that a Christmas birthday would be far more advantageous because ‘a guy born on Christmas can’t be all bad.'” However, copies of two 1900 census forms prove this to be incorrect. 77 The older of two children with Lauren Bacall, Stephen H. Bogart, discussed his relationship with Bogie in 1996 book, “Bogart: In Search of My Father”.

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