Humphrey Bogart was undoubtedly one of the greatest actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. He starred in some of era’s most iconic movies: from playing the world-weary bar owner in Casablanca to a grumpy boat skipper in The African Queen. But his final words to fellow screen legend and wife Lauren Bacall would have moved even some of his most cynical characters.
At the time of his death in January 1957, Bogart’s health had been deteriorating for several years. According to reports, the star had even joked that he’d lose his hair and teeth before a long-term contract was through. Bogart had also drank heavily during his career and was believed to have smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. In fact, his wife Bacall had once named him and his friends The Rat Pack after observing their bedraggled state the morning after a heavy night.