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Real Reason Humphrey Bogart's Lookalike Son Distanced Himself From His Famous Father For Years

Date November 27, 2018 14:43

After years of distancing himself from his father's fame, the only son of Hollywood legend Humprey Bogart was finally ready to embrace his identity. But his journey to self-acceptance was a difficult one.

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He did not want to stand out

Stephen Bogart grew up denying that Humphrey Bogart was his father. When he was asked this dreaded question he would deflect or point-blank deny it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He refused to answer his given name, Bonnie Prince Stephen because he did not want to stand out and his last name was out of the question.

I never gave anybody my last name unless I had to; I wanted people to like or dislike me for who I was. I never hung around with movie stars.

But then, the older he grew, the more like his father he became. He could no longer run away from their obvious resemblance so he had to learn to accept it.

Falling in love with being a Bogart

Falling in love with his father and his legacy came from entering into the Bogart business after he turned 38. He had to write a memoir about his father and relied on the memory of his father's friend to get a true picture of the legend.

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As he helped create an estate for his father, his discontent lessened.

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He says,

Once I started to do it, I realized how grateful people are.

Now, he is content and comfortable with being Humphrey Bogart son. But he has also made a name for himself as a TV news producer.

Now he longs for his father's approval

At 69, Stephen Bogart has outlived his famous dad, who died at 58 of cancer-related complications.

And if he could ask Humphrey Bogart one question, it would be this:

Did I do OK? I haven’t been to jail yet. My kids are all upstanding citizens. Yeah, I’d ask him if I did OK.

Stephen Bogart has been married thrice.

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His current wife is Carla Soviero, and he is a dad to three grown-up children, Brooke Bogart, Richard Bogart, Jamie Bogart.

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We'd certainly say his dad would be proud.

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