Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

Birth name: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy

Hair Color: Light Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Height: 5' 10"

Nickname: "Spence"

Quote: (on why actors should avoid political activism) "Remember who shot (Abraham Lincoln).

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 Up the River, Tracy was signed to a contract with Fox Film Corporation. His five years with Fox were unremarkable, and he remained largely unknown to audiences after 25 films, most of them starring Tracy as the leading man. None of them were hits although The Power and the Glory (1933) features one of his most acclaimed performances.

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. 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 a 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 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 Tracy's death on June 10 of a heart attack at age 67.

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.

Spencer Tracy

FILMOGRAPHY

1931

Taxi Talks

The Hard Guy

Up the River

Quick Millions

Six Cylinder Love

Goldie

1932

She Wanted a Millionaire

Sky Devils

Disorderly Conduct

Young America

Society Girl

The Painted Woman

Me and My Gal

20,000 Years in Sing Sing

1933

Face in the Sky

Shanghai Madness

The Power and the Glory

The Mad Game

Man's Castle

1934

The Show-Off

Looking for Trouble

Bottoms Up

Now I'll Tell

Marie Galante

1935

It's a Small World

The Murder Man

Dante's Inferno

Whipsaw

1936

Riffraff

Fury

San Francisco

Libeled Lady

1937

They Gave Him a Gun

Captains Courageous

Big City

Mannequin

1938

Test Pilot

Boys Town

Another Romance of Celluloid

Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9

Hollywood Goes to Town

1939

Stanley and Livingstone

For Auld Lang Syne

Hollywood Hobbies

1940

I Take This Woman

Young Tom Edison

Northwest Passage

Edison, the Man

Boom Town

Northward, Ho!

1941

Men of Boys Town

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

1942

Woman of the Year

Tortilla Flat

Keeper of the Flame

Ring of Steel

1943

His New World

A Guy Named Joe

1944

The Seventh Cross

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

1945

Without Love

1947

The Sea of Grass

Cass Timberlane

1948

State of the Union

1949

Edward, My Son

Adam's Rib

Malaya

Some of the Best

1950

Father of the Bride

1951

Father's Little Dividend

The People Against O'Hara

For Defense for Freedom for Humanity

1952

Pat and Mike

Plymouth Adventure


1953

The Actress

1954

Broken Lance

1955

Bad Day at Black Rock

1956

The Mountain

1957

Desk Set

1958

The Old Man and the Sea

The Last Hurrah

1960

Inherit the Wind

1961

The Devil at 4 O'Clock

Judgment at Nuremberg

1962

How the West Was Won

1963

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

1967

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

For more about Spencer Tracy please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Tracy

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