LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He didn't have the stunning good looks of Clark Gable. He didn't always perform better than his contemporaries, or die an icon-making death like James Dean.
Still, Humphrey Bogart had a beautiful relationship with America.More than four decades after his death, Bogie's fans put him atop the American Film Institute's list of the greatest American male screen legends of the century.
"For a guy who didn't think of acting as a competitive sport, he would have been honored and awestruck by this," said Stephen Bogart, the actor's son.
The younger Bogart had much to be proud of Tuesday. His mother, Lauren Bacall, was No. 20 on the greatest actress list, behind top vote getters Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis.
"I'm shocked and I'm flattered beyond words," Bacall said by telephone from Italy. "I would never have expected it. But I'm not surprised that Bogie's No. 1."
Some critics complained that the list overlooks many stars of the seminal silent era as well as musicals, but most agree that those who made the cut deserved the honor.
"I'd find it hard to argue against anyone who's on the list," film critic and historian Leonard Maltin said. "But lists are fundamentally silly. It's never going to be to everybody's satisfaction."
Bogie, most agreed, had to be on it -- somewhere, at least.
"You look at the 75 films he's done, from 'The African Queen' to 'Casablanca,' 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre' and 'The Maltese Falcon.' These were all such disparate roles, yet he carried them all off," Stephen Bogart said.
Cary Grant was No. 2 on the lists, followed by James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and Charlie Chaplin.
Following Davis among female legends were Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford.
Ballots were sent to about 1,800 voters, including critics, historians, directors, producers and screenwriters. To be eligible, actors had to have made their debut in or before 1951; also eligible were those who made their debuts after 1950 but have since died.
Thus, current box office stars like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Harrison Ford and Paul Newman weren't included on the list of 500 nominees announced in January.
Jurors were asked to consider five criteria: star quality (charisma and presence), craft (ability to embody different characters), legacy (body of work), popularity and historical context. The roster was revealed Tuesday night during a three-hour CBS-TV special.
Those eligible who didn't make the top 50 lineup included Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Alec Guinness, Mickey Rooney, Doris Day, Bob Hope, Will Rogers, Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Clara Bow and Gloria Swanson.
"The silent film people always get the shaft. This is more a comment on a lack of cinema literacy," Maltin said.
Entertainment writers and editors of The Associated Press, in a recently compiled list of the 25 most significant stars of the century, also selected Bogart, Bacall and Hepburn but included Fairbanks, Valentino and Laurel and Hardy.
The AFI compilation also paid little regard for musicals. Astaire, Rogers and Garland appeared from that film genre, but where was Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra?