It’s fair to say that Stephen Bogart was born into Hollywood royalty. Yes, as his last name suggests, Stephen’s father was Humphrey Bogart, while his mom was the legendary actor’s fourth and final wife, Lauren Bacall. And both performers had established themselves as silver-screen icons by the time of their son’s birth in 1949. But how exactly did Stephen cope with having A-list movie stars as parents?
Well, perhaps we should first establish how Bogart originally made it in Tinseltown. Born in 1899 in New York City, the future Oscar winner started his acting career in the post-WWI era on the Broadway stage. Then a decade later – and in the wake of the 1929 Wall Street Crash – he ventured into cinema with the John Ford comedy Up the River. And Bogart instantly made a splash portraying Spencer Tracy’s love rival.
This putative breakthrough proved to be something of a false start for Bogart, however, as over the next few years he only landed bit parts in unmemorable movies. Nevertheless, the actor got his career back on track with 1936’s The Petrified Forest. His performances in The Maltese Falcon and High Sierra similarly marked him out as one to watch.