February 5, 2012 in City

Sam plays it again at new D.C. theater

From Wire Reports

(Full-size photo)(All photos)

That famous movie line “Here’s looking at you, kid” echoed in the halls of the Smithsonian this weekend as Stephen Bogart, the son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, opened the first film festival at the National Mall’s new movie theater.

“Casablanca” was the first film shown at the new Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History on Friday night, followed by free weekend screenings of “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” and “The Big Sleep.”

Stephen Bogart, 63, said he didn’t really know his famous father because he died when Stephen was just 8 years old.

“All I knew him as was on celluloid,” said Stephen Bogart, who is now a real estate agent in Naples, Fla. Still, he said his father would have been shocked to find himself featured at the Smithsonian.

“He was not full of himself. He was just an actor and hung around with writers and producers and film people,” Stephen Bogart said. “Obviously, he would have been proud and would have been humbled, but he would have been shocked.”

The American Film Institute has ranked Humphrey Bogart as the greatest male legend from the screen.

Bogart said his mother, Bacall, is living in New York City and is as active as any 87-year-old.

Griffin O’Neal gets 16 months in prison

A San Diego judge has sentenced the son of actor Ryan O’Neal to 16 months in prison for his involvement in a drug-fueled, head-on car crash last year that left another driver injured.

Griffin O’Neal had faced up to four years in state prison at his sentencing Friday.

O’Neal pleaded guilty to two felony charges of driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was on probation for a 2007 DUI conviction when the crash occurred in August. Prosecutors say he tested positive for several drugs at the time.

O’Neal missed his sentencing hearing last month. His lawyer, Heather Boxeth, has said O’Neal relapsed by drinking alcohol after five years of sobriety and was in rehab.

The birthday bunch

Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 71. Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 70. Singer Al Kooper is 68. Actress Barbara Hershey is 64. Actor-director-comedian Christopher Guest is 64. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 50. Actress Laura Linney is 48. Actor Chris Parnell is 45. Singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 44. Singer Bobby Brown is 43. Country singer Sara Evans is 41. Actor Darren Criss (“Glee”) is 25. Actor Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Peter Pan”) is 23.

Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email