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his film debut in 1930. It wasn't until 1936, though, that Bogart broke through as a
major film star when he landed a plumb role in THE PETRIFIED FORREST
(over fellow tough guy Edward G. Robinson). Under contract to Warner Bros.,
Bogart specialized in playing gangsters and played them so well he got fan letters
from men in prison who believed he was a real-life tough guy—a far cry from the
real Bogart, a sophisticated Manhattanite who planned to study medicine at Yale.
Bogart won the Oscar® for best actor playing the irascible Chalie Allnut in
THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951).