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Spencer Tracy

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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Apr 5, 1900 In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Hard Guy 1930-09-06
Latest Project:
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Known For
Poster of Ring of Steel
Poster of The Painted Woman
Poster of Society Girl
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored Himself (archive footage) 2013-01-29
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story 1997-01-05
Movie Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell Himself 1993-02-06
Movie Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to (archive footage) 1991-01-01
Movie Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' Archive Footage 1991-01-01
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (archive footage) 1986-03-09
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985-03-03
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed 1968-08-31
Movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Matt Drayton 1967-12-11
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Capt. C. G. Culpepper 1963-11-07
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie How the West Was Won Narrator (voice) 1962-11-01
Movie Judgment at Nuremberg Chief Judge Dan Haywood 1961-12-01
Movie The Devil at 4 O'Clock Father Matthew Doonan 1961-10-18
Movie Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond 1960-06-24
Movie The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man 1958-10-07
Movie The Last Hurrah Frank Skeffington 1958-10-24
Movie Desk Set Richard Sumner 1957-05-15
Movie The Mountain Zachary Teller 1956-11-14
Movie Bad Day at Black Rock John J. Macreedy 1955-01-07
Movie Broken Lance Matt Devereaux 1954-09-25
Movie The Actress Clinton Jones 1953-09-25
Movie Plymouth Adventure Capt. Christopher Jones 1952-11-28
Movie Pat and Mike Mike Conovan 1952-06-13
Movie The People Against O'Hara James P. Curtayne 1951-09-01
Movie Father's Little Dividend Stanley Banks 1951-04-12
Movie Father of the Bride Stanley T. Banks 1950-06-16
Movie Edward, My Son Arnold Boult 1949-06-02
Movie Adam's Rib Adam Bonner 1949-11-18
Movie Malaya Carnaghan 1949-12-27
Movie State of the Union Grant Matthews 1948-04-30
Movie Cass Timberlane Cass Timberlane 1947-11-06
Movie The Sea of Grass Col. James Brewton 1947-04-25
Movie Without Love Pat Jamieson 1945-01-01
Movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle 1944-11-15
Movie The Seventh Cross George Heisler 1944-07-24
Movie A Guy Named Joe Pete Sandidge 1944-03-01
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie Keeper of the Flame Stevie O'Malley 1942-12-28
Movie Tortilla Flat Pilon 1942-05-21
Movie Ring of Steel Narrator (voice) 1942-04-02
Movie Woman of the Year Sam Craig 1942-01-19
Movie Men of Boys Town Father Edward J. Flanagan 1941-04-11
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry 'Harry' Jekyll / Mr. Hyde 1941-08-12
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Himself 1940-07-31
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Himself 1940-05-29
Movie Edison, the Man Thomas A. Edison 1940-05-10
Movie Young Tom Edison Man Admiring Portrait of Thomas A. Edison 1940-03-15
Movie Northwest Passage Major Robert Rogers 1940-02-23
Movie Northward, Ho! Himself 1940-02-10
Movie I Take This Woman Karl Decker 1940-02-01
Movie The Miracle of Sound Himself 1940-01-01
Movie Boom Town Square John Sand 1940-08-30
Movie Stanley and Livingstone Henry M. Stanley 1939-08-18
Movie From the Ends of the Earth 1939-05-28
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Himself 1939-05-03
Movie Mannequin John Hennessey 1938-01-21
Movie Boys Town Father Edward J. Flanagan 1938-09-09
Movie Test Pilot Gunner 1938-04-22
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town Himself 1938-07-07
Movie Big City Joe Benton 1937-09-03
Movie The Romance of Celluloid 1937-08-26
Movie Captains Courageous Manuel Fidello 1937-06-25
Movie They Gave Him a Gun Fred P. Willis 1937-05-07
Movie Libeled Lady Warren Haggerty 1936-10-09
Movie San Francisco Father Mullin 1936-06-26
Movie Fury Joe Wilson 1936-06-05
Movie Riffraff Dutch 1936-01-03
Movie It's A Small World Bill Shevlin 1935-04-12
Movie Dante's Inferno Jim Carter 1935-08-23
Movie Whipsaw Ross 'Mac' McBride aka Danny Ross Ackerman 1935-12-18
Movie The Murder Man Steven 'Steve' Grey 1935-07-12
Movie Marie Galante Dr. Crawbett 1934-10-25
Movie Now I'll Tell Murray Golden 1934-06-07
Movie Bottoms Up 'Smoothie' King 1934-04-12
Movie Looking for Trouble Joe Graham 1934-03-28
Movie The Show-Off J. Aubrey Piper 1934-03-09
Movie Man's Castle Bill 1933-11-20
Movie The Mad Game Edward Carson 1933-10-27
Movie The Power and the Glory Tom Garner 1933-10-06
Movie Shanghai Madness Pat Jackson 1933-08-03
Movie Face in the Sky Joe Buck 1933-01-15
Movie Disorderly Conduct Dick Fay 1932-03-20
Movie She Wanted a Millionaire William Kelley 1932-02-21
Movie Sky Devils Wilkie 1932-03-12
Movie 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Tommy Connors 1932-12-24
Movie Young America Jack Doray 1932-04-17
Movie Society Girl Briscoe 1932-05-29
Movie The Painted Woman Tom Brian 1932-08-20
Movie Me and My Gal Danny Dolan 1932-12-04
Movie Goldie Bill 1931-06-27
Movie Six Cylinder Love William Donroy 1931-05-10
Movie Quick Millions Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond 1931-04-17
Movie Up the River Saint Louis 1930-10-12
Movie The Hard Guy Guy 1930-09-06

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