Casablanca Cast

Wednesday, May 4 by Annette Smith

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid starred in the film classic “Casablanca,” and the “Casablanca” cast also featured Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. The 1942 American drama won three Oscars, including Best Picture.

Set in Africa during the early days of World War II, the story centers on a cynical American expatriate, his beautiful one-time love, and a host of unexpected complications. Here, in credits order, are the film’s top-billed stars–all first-rate actors who made “Casablanca” one of the greatest movies of all time.  

  1. Humphrey Bogart. Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) led the “Casablanca” cast as Rick Blaine, an American expatriate and café owner in the French-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. Regarded as a cultural icon, Bogart is known as the greatest male star in American cinema. In addition to “Casablanca,” he is best remembered for his role in the 1941 film-noir, “The Maltese Falcon.”
  2. Ingrid Bergman. Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) starred as Ilsa Lund, a young Norwegian woman who secretly married Victor Laszlo, an idealistic Czech Resistance fighter. Believing that he died in a Nazi concentration camp, she falls hopelessly in love with Rick Blaine. One of the greatest female stars in American cinema, Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses. While “Casablanca” is her most famous role, she also starred in several other classics, including her Oscar-winning 1945 film, “The Bells Of St. Mary’s.”
  3. Paul Heinreid.Paul Heinreid (1905-1992) starred in “Casablanca” as Victor Laszlo, the Czech Resistance fighter (and husband of Ilsa Lund) who escaped from a Nazi concentration camp. The Laszlo character is considered his most famous role. In addition to the “Casablanca” character, Heinreid is also known for his memorable role opposite Bette Davis in the 1942 classic, “Now, Voyager.”
  4. Claude Rains. Claude Rains (1889-1967) played the role of Captain Renault, the commander of the local police in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. With the Rains and Bogart characters walking into the fog, the film ends with one of the most memorable exit lines in movie history: “…I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Rains is remembered for many classic Hollywood characters, including the title role in the 1933 film, “The Invisible Man.”
  5. Conrad Veidt. Conrad Veidt (1893-1943) was the German Major Strasser who arrived in Casablanca to capture Victor Laszlo. After a successful career in German silent film, Veidt appeared in a number of classic movies before “Casablanca” fame. He is also remembered for the 1940 British fantasy film, “The Thief of Baghdad.”
  6. Sydney Greenstreet. Sydney Greenstreet (1879-1954) was cast as Signor Ferrari, Rick Blaine’s business rival and a major figure in the criminal underworld. In addition to “Casablanca,” Greenstreet was known for another film starring Bogart and Peter Lorre–the 1941 classic, “The Maltese Falcon.” He is remembered for his humorous role in the 1945 screwball comedy, “Christmas in Connecticut.”
  7. Peter Lorre. Peter Lorre (1904-1964) starred as Ugarte, a petty criminal with “letters of transit” to sell to the highest bidder at Rick’s café. Typically typecast as a sinister foreigner, Lorre was a regular player in Hollywood crime films and mystery movies–often alongside Bogart and Greenstreet. In addition to “Casablanca,” Lorre is well-known for his role in the 1930s “Mr. Moto” detective series.
  8. Dooley Wilson. Dooley Wilson (1886-1953) was an American actor and singer from Texas. As the piano player Sam in “Casablanca,” he is best-known for the song, “As Time Goes By,” which he sang in Rick’s café at the request of Ilsa Lund. Although Wilson appeared in many films in addition to “Casablanca,” his role as Sam gave him immortality in American cinema. Interestingly, the popular phrase “Play it again, Sam,” was never actually said in the film.
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