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Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

  • Born on
    • April 5th, 1900
  • Died on
    • June 10th, 1967
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was an American actor, noted for his natural style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, Tracy won two Academy Awards for Best Actor from nine nominations, sharing the record for nominations in that category with Laurence Olivier. Tracy first discovered his talent for acting while attending Ripon College, and he later received a scholarship for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He spent seven years in the theatre, working in a succession of stock companies and intermittently on Broadway. Tracy's breakthrough came in 1930, when his lead performance in The Last Mile caught the attention of Hollywood. After a successful film debut in John Ford's Up the River starring Tracy and Humphrey Bogart, he was signed to a contract with Fox Film Corporation. His five years with Fox featured one acting tour de force after another that were usually ignored at the box office, and he remained largely unknown to audiences after 25 films, almost all of them starring Tracy as the leading man. None of them were hits although The Power and the Glory (1933) features arguably his most acclaimed performance in retrospect. In 1935, Tracy joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, at the time Hollywood's most prestigious studio. His career flourished with a series of hit films, and in 1937 and 1938 he won consecutive Oscars for Captains Courageous and Boys Town. He made three smash hit films supporting Clark Gable, the studio's principal leading man, firmly fixing the notion of Gable and Tracy as a team in the public imagination. By the 1940s, Tracy was one of the studio's top stars. In 1942, he appeared with Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year, beginning another popular partnership that produced nine movies over 25 years. Tracy left MGM in 1955, and continued to work regularly as a freelance star, despite an increasing weariness as he aged. His personal life was troubled, with a lifelong struggle against severe alcoholism and guilt over his son's deafness. Tracy became estranged from his wife in the 1930s, but never divorced, conducting a long-term relationship with Katharine Hepburn in private. Towards the end of his life, Tracy worked almost exclusively for director Stanley Kramer. It was for Kramer that he made his last film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in 1967, completed just 17 days before his death. During his career, Tracy appeared in 75 films and developed a reputation among his peers as one of the screen's greatest actors. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Tracy as the 9th greatest male star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

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Filmography

Acting (61 Credits)

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2014And the Oscar Goes to...
1993La Classe américaine as The Professional Witness (archive footage)
1988The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1967Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as Matt Drayton
1963It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World as C. G. Culpepper
1962How the West Was Won as Narrator (voice)
1961Judgment at Nuremberg as Dan Haywood
1961The Devil at 4 O'Clock as Father Matthew Doonan
1960Inherit the Wind as Henry Drummond
1958The Last Hurrah as Mayor Frank Skeffington
1958The Old Man and the Sea as The Old Man
1957Desk Set as Richard Sumner
1956The Mountain as Zachary Teller
1955Bad Day at Black Rock as John J. Macreedy
1954Broken Lance as Matt Devereaux
1953The Actress as Clinton Jones
1952Pat and Mike as Mike Conovan
1952Plymouth Adventure as Capt. Christopher Jones
1951Father's Little Dividend as Stanley Banks
1951The People Against O'Hara as James P. Curtayne
1950Father of the Bride as Stanley T. Banks
1949Malaya as Carnaghan
1949Edward, My Son as Arnold Boult
1949Adam's Rib as Adam Bonner
1948State of the Union as Grant Matthews
1947The Sea of Grass as Col. James B. Brewton
1947Cass Timberlane as Cass Timberlane
1945Without Love as Pat Jamieson
1944The Seventh Cross as George Heisler
1944Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo as Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle
1943A Guy Named Joe as Pete Sandidge
1942Woman of the Year as Sam Craig
1942Tortilla Flat as Pilon
1942Keeper of the Flame as Stevie O'Malley
1941Men of Boys Town as Edward Flanagan
1941Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Dr. Henry 'Harry' Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
1940Edison, the Man as Thomas A. Edison
1940Northwest Passage as Major Robert Rogers
1940I Take This Woman as Karl Decker
1940Boom Town as Square John Sand
1940Young Tom Edison as Man Admiring Portrait of Thomas A. Edison
1939Stanley and Livingstone as Henry M. Stanley
1938Boys Town as Edward Flanagan
1938Test Pilot as Gunner Morse
1937Captains Courageous as Manuel Fidello
1937Mannequin as John Hennessey
1937Big City as Joe Benton
1936Fury as Joe Wilson
1936Riffraff as Dutch
1936San Francisco as Father Tim Mullin
1936Libeled Lady as Warren Haggerty
1935The Murder Man as Steven 'Steve' Grey
1935Dante's Inferno as Jim Carter
1935Whipsaw as Ross 'Mac' McBride aka Danny Ross Ackerman
1933The Power and the Glory as Tom Garner
1933Man's Castle as Bill
193220, 000 Years in Sing Sing as Tommy Connors
1932Me and My Gal as Danny Dolan
1930Up the River as Saint Louis

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