Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #67

Humphrey Bogart (1899 – 1957)

67 Humphrey Bogart

In Casablanca, a German officer asks Humphrey Bogart if he can imagine the Nazis in New York. Bogart responds “There are certain sections of New York I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.” That tough guy exterior belied a privileged upbringing in a doctor’s family with lots of private Episcopal education and a posh Upper West Side home where Bogart lived until he was 23. Though known for his career in Hollywood, Bogart performed steadily on Broadway for 13 years before being “discovered” in 1935 in the Broadhurst Theatre premier of The Petrified Forest. His co-star and friend, Leslie Howard, insisted that Bogart be given the same role in the film version and this launched his movie career. Even on Hollywood sound stages, Bogart frequently showed up in movies set in New York, such as Three On a Match, Dead End, and his last film, The Harder They Fall.


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