Spencer Tracy



Place of birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA:


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.

Film Credits

And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored (2013)
as Himself (archive footage)
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)
Bogart: The Untold Story (1997)
Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993)
as Himself
Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' (1991)
as Archive Footage
Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to (1991)
as (archive footage)
James Stewart's Wonderful Life (1988)
as (archive footage)
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988)
as (archive footage)
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986)
as (archive footage)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1985)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
as (archive footage)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975)
as (archive footage)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
as (archive footage) (uncredited)
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed (1968)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
as Matt Drayton
Hollywood My Home Town (1965)
The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)
as Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
as C. G. Culpepper
Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963)
How the West Was Won (1962)
as Narrator (voice)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
as Dan Haywood
The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)
as Father Matthew Doonan
Inherit the Wind (1960)
as Henry Drummond
The Last Hurrah (1958)
as Frank Skeffington
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
as The Old Man
Desk Set (1957)
as Richard Sumner
The Mountain (1956)
as Zachary Teller
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
as John J. Macreedy
Broken Lance (1954)
as Matt Devereaux
The Actress (1953)
as Clinton Jones
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
as Capt. Christopher Jones
Pat and Mike (1952)
as Mike Conovan
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
as James P. Curtayne
Father's Little Dividend (1951)
as Stanley Banks
Father of the Bride (1950)
as Stanley T. Banks
Malaya (1949)
as Carnaghan
Adam's Rib (1949)
as Adam Bonner
Edward, My Son (1949)
as Arnold Boult
State of the Union (1948)
as Grant Matthews
Cass Timberlane (1947)
as Cass Timberlane
The Sea of Grass (1947)
as Col. James Brewton
Without Love (1945)
as Pat Jamieson
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
as Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle
The Seventh Cross (1944)
as George Heisler
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
as Pete Sandidge
Twenty Years After (1944)
Keeper of the Flame (1943)
as Stevie O'Malley
His New World (1943)
as Narrator (voice)
Tortilla Flat (1942)
as Pilon
Ring of Steel (1942)
as Narrator (voice)
Woman of the Year (1942)
as Sam Craig
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
as Dr. Henry 'Harry' Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Men of Boys Town (1941)
as Father Edward J. Flanagan
Boom Town (1940)
as Square John Sand
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
as Himself
Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940)
as Himself
Edison, the Man (1940)
as Thomas A. Edison
Young Tom Edison (1940)
as Man Admiring Portrait of Thomas A. Edison
Northwest Passage (1940)
as Major Robert Rogers
Northward, Ho! (1940)
as Himself
I Take This Woman (1940)
as Karl Decker
The Miracle of Sound (1940)
as Himself
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
as Henry M. Stanley
From the Ends of the Earth (1939)
Hollywood Hobbies (1939)
as Himself
Boys Town (1938)
as Father Edward J. Flanagan
Hollywood Goes to Town (1938)
as Himself
Test Pilot (1938)
as Gunner
Another Romance of Celluloid (1938)
as Himself (uncredited)
Mannequin (1938)
as John Hennessey
Big City (1937)
as Joe Benton
The Romance of Celluloid (1937)
Captains Courageous (1937)
as Manuel Fidello
They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
as Fred P. Willis
Libeled Lady (1936)
as Warren Haggerty
San Francisco (1936)
as Father Mullin
Fury (1936)
as Joe Wilson
Riffraff (1936)
as Dutch
Whipsaw (1935)
as Ross 'Mac' McBride aka Danny Ross Ackerman
Dante's Inferno (1935)
as Jim Carter
The Murder Man (1935)
as Steven 'Steve' Grey
It's A Small World (1935)
as Bill Shevlin
Marie Galante (1934)
as Dr. Crawbett
Now I'll Tell (1934)
as Murray Golden
Bottoms Up (1934)
as 'Smoothie' King
Looking for Trouble (1934)
as Joe Graham
The Show-Off (1934)
as J. Aubrey Piper
Man's Castle (1933)
as Bill
The Mad Game (1933)
as Edward Carson
The Power and the Glory (1933)
as Tom Garner
Shanghai Madness (1933)
as Pat Jackson
Face in the Sky (1933)
as Joe Buck
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
as Tommy Connors
Me and My Gal (1932)
as Danny Dolan
The Painted Woman (1932)
as Tom Brian
Society Girl (1932)
as Briscoe
Young America (1932)
as Jack Doray
Disorderly Conduct (1932)
as Dick Fay
Sky Devils (1932)
as Wilkie
She Wanted a Millionaire (1932)
as William Kelley
Goldie (1931)
as Bill
Six Cylinder Love (1931)
as William Donroy
Quick Millions (1931)
as Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond
Up the River (1930)
as Saint Louis
The Hard Guy (1930)
as Guy