Humphrey DeForest Bogart (1899 - 1957)

Humphrey DeForest Bogart
1899 - 1957
updated January 14, 2020
Humphrey DeForest Bogart, father to 2 children, was born on December 25, 1899 in New York, New York. He was born to Maud Bogart and Belmont DeForest Bogart, with siblings Frances and Catherine. He married Lauren Bacall on May 21, 1946 in New York City, New York and Humphrey died on January 14, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. They gave birth to Stephen Humphrey Bogart and Leslie Howard Schiffmann. Humphrey died on January 14, 1957 in Los Angeles, California at age 57.

Famous Actor.
Born December 25, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA
Died January 14, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA (esophageal cancer)
Birth Name Humphrey DeForest Bogart
Nickname Bogie
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in preparation for medical studies at Yale. He was expelled from Phillips and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. From 1920 to 1922, he managed a stage company owned by family friend William A. Brady (the father of actress Alice Brady), performing a variety of tasks at Brady's film studio in New York. He then began regular stage performances. Alexander Woollcott described his acting in a 1922 play as inadequate. In 1930, he gained a contract with Fox, his feature film debut in a ten-minute short, Broadway's Like That (1930), co-starring Ruth Etting and Joan Blondell. Fox released him after two years. After five years of stage and minor film roles, he had his breakthrough role in The Petrified Forest (1936) from Warner Bros. He won the part over Edward G. Robinson only after the star, Leslie Howard, threatened Warner Bros. that he would quit unless Bogart was given the key role of Duke Mantee, which he had played in the Broadway production with Howard. The film was a major success and led to a long-term contract with Warner Bros. From 1936 to 1940, Bogart appeared in 28 films, usually as a gangster, twice in Westerns and even a horror film. His landmark year was 1941 (often capitalizing on parts George Raft had stupidly rejected) with roles in classics such as High Sierra (1941) and as Sam Spade in one of his most fondly remembered films, The Maltese Falcon (1941). These were followed by Casablanca (1942), The Big Sleep (1946), and Key Largo (1948). Bogart, despite his erratic education, was incredibly well-read and he favored writers and intellectuals within his small circle of friends. In 1947, he joined wife Lauren Bacall and other actors protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee witch hunts. He also formed his own production company, and the next year made The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Bogie won the best actor Academy Award for The African Queen (1951) and was nominated for Casablanca (1942) and as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny (1954), a film made when he was already seriously ill. He died in his sleep at his Hollywood home following surgeries and a battle with throat cancer.

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Mar 30, 1868 - Nov 22, 1940
around July 1867 - Sep 8, 1934


Oct 25, 1901 - Oct 12, 1982
Jul 24, 1904 - Oct 2, 1938



Humphrey DeForest Bogart & Lauren Bacall

May 21, 1946 - January 14, 1957
Cause of Separation: Death
New York City, New York County, NY, United States
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Sep 16, 1924 - Aug 12, 2014


Jan 6, 1949 - Unknown
Aug 23, 1952 - Unknown


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An interesting case history of such is the famous actor Humphrey Bogart; he passed away some 61 years ago last month — January 14, 1957. He had just turned 57 years old and his cause of death was a brutal case of cancer of the esophagus.

Bogie left his wife and family very well provided for: according to reports, his estate was valued at about a million dollars. That was a hefty sum in those days, worth approximately eight times that amount in today’s dollars.

Again, according to expert sources (including the excellent biography “Bogart,” written by A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax), cremation was Bogie’s preferred choice for final disposition. He then wanted his ashes scattered from his much beloved 55 foot boat, Santana, into the Pacific Ocean. At that time, this practice was illegal so other arrangements had to be made.

There is a noteworthy aspect to this situation — the fact that in 1957 one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood wanted to be disposed of by cremation.

As we have noted previously here, cremation now is a fast growing phenomenon, but one that took a long time to become established in the United States. In the days Bogie made this decision, it was a seldom used option: well less than 5 percent of the deaths in the 1950’s resulted in cremation. He clearly was committed to the process well before it was established as the norm.

The strong connection Bogie felt to the Santana (his then wife, movie star Lauren Bacall, said she felt jealous of the yawl because of the amount of time he spent on the sailboat) may have also played a role in the way he wanted his disposition conducted. But that was not to be.

Had the arrangement been researched, perhaps Bogart’s wishes could have been granted. Special permission to be buried at sea (something usually accorded only veterans) may have allowed. Instead, Bogart was cremated– reportedly while the memorial service was being conducted at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills — and was ultimately placed in a vault in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Another part of planning that Bogart did not participate in was the eulogy, a cornerstone to the memorial service of any Hollywood star, especially those from the golden era of film-making.

After Bogart’s passing, Bacall wanted to have his close friend Spencer Tracy deliver the eulogy, but Tracy was in such a state of grief that he could not accept.

Bacall then called upon writer/director John Huston, a figure who was much up to the task. Huston was every bit as talented a writer as one could find in the movie colony, one whose scripts (“The Maltese Falcon.” “The Treasure of The Sierra Madre”) hold up very well to this day.

While the written text of the eulogy is powerful, one can only imagine the magnificent delivery he could summon for such an occasion (witness Huston’s performance in “Chinatown” as evidence of his ability to essay a dramatic moment). His speech closes: “We have no reason to feel sorrow for him — only for ourselves for having lost him. He is quite irreplaceable.”

As it turned out, Humphrey Bogart was given an appropriate send off, just not the one he wanted.

Considerable means and personal notoriety have little to do with fulfilling someone’s last wishes — planning ahead is the best path for that.

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In 1899, in the year that Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1915, Humphrey was 16 years old when The Birth of a Nation opened in February. A silent film, it was the most ambitious film to date and is considered a classic. Three hours long, it starred Lillian Gish and was directed by D. W. Griffith. The movie was based on the book The Clansman and told the story of two families (one pro-Union and one pro-Confederate) and their relationship during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The KKK was shown as "a heroic force".

In 1927, he was 28 years old when in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1931, by the time he was 32 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1957, in the year of Humphrey DeForest Bogart's passing, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

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