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Humphrey Bogart

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Humphrey Bogart

Last Words:  I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.

Humphrey Bogart was ranked as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema by the American Film institute in 1999. His grizzled features, gruff tone of voice, and common touch endeared him to the American public, and his roles in such universally beloved classics as Casablanca insured his popularity with an international audience.

A founding member of the Rat Pack, a collective of prominent entertainers formed in the 1950's (which included Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin), Bogey was a heavy smoker and hard drinker (when asked what the purpose of the Rat Pack was, actress and member Lauren Bacall said simply: "to drink a lot of bourbon and stay up late.")

In the mid 1950's, Bogart's lifestyle choices were catching up with him. He developed a cough which ruled him out of acting, and found it difficult to eat. He was soon diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. When he died in 1957, he weighed a paltry 36 kilograms. His last words would seem to be a statement of qualified regret.


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