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Birth information

5 April 1900 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Death information

10 June 1967 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy

Nickname

Spence
Pops

How tall is Spencer Tracy?

1.77 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell

Life Story of Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war. At Ripon College he did well in the lead of "The Truth" and decided on acting as a career. In New York he roomed with O'Brien while they attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1923 they both got nonspeaking parts as robots in "R.U.R". In stock he supported himself with jobs as bellhop, janitor and salesman. John Ford saw his critically acclaimed performance in the lead role in the play "The Last Mile" and signed him to Up the River (1930) for Fox. Despite appearing in 16 films there over the next 5 years, Tracy never achieved star status there (during his stint the studio had floundered and was absorbed into Darryl F. Zanuck's 20th Century Pictures). In 1935 he signed with MGM under the aegis of Irving Thalberg and his career flourished. He became the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and in a project he initially didn't want to...

Significant features of Spencer Tracy

Often wore a lopsided fedora hat in his films
Blocky shoulders
Plain, everyman looks
Raspy but strong voice
Relatable characters who must change their way of thinking

How much money has Spencer Tracy earned?

Up the River (1930) $1,000 /week
Broken Lance (1954) $165,000 + percentage of profits
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) $400,000
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) $300,000

Publications and Magazines about Spencer Tracy

Bill Davidson Spencer Tracy: Tragic Idol. 1987
Larry Swindell Spencer Tracy . . . An Autobiography. 1969
Fisher Spencer Tracy: A Bio-Bibliography. 1994
Romano Tozzi Spencer Tracy (The Pictorial Treasury of Film Stars). 1972
Alison King Hollywood Legends: Spencer Tracy. 1992
Garson Kanin Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir. 1971
Donald Deschner The Complete Films of Spencer Tracy. 1993
James Curtis Spencer Tracy: A Biography. 2011
Michael B. Druxman Tracy: A One-Person Play. 2011
Juan José Videgain Así se vive en Hollywood. 2006

Biographical movies about Spencer Tracy

The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn 2003

What movies did Spencer Tracy play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Matt Drayton, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) Capt. T. G. Culpepper, How the West Was Won (1962) Narrated by, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Chief Judge Dan Haywood, The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1960) Father Matthew Doonan, Inherit the Wind (1960) Henry Drummond, The Last Hurrah (1958) Mayor Frank Skeffington, The Old Man and the Sea (1958) The Old Man / Narrator, Desk Set (1957) Richard Sumner, The Mountain (1956) Zachary Teller, Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) John J. Macreedy, Broken Lance (1954) Matt Devereaux, The Actress...

Birth information

5 April 1900 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Death information

10 June 1967 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy

Nickname

Spence
Pops

How tall is Spencer Tracy?

1.77 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell

Life Story of Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war. At Ripon College he did well in the lead of "The Truth" and decided on acting as a career. In New York he roomed with O'Brien while they attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1923 they both got nonspeaking parts as robots in "R.U.R". In stock he supported himself with jobs as bellhop, janitor and salesman. John Ford saw his critically acclaimed performance in the lead role in the play "The Last Mile" and signed him to Up the River (1930) for Fox. Despite appearing in 16 films there over the next 5 years, Tracy never achieved star status there (during his stint the studio had floundered and was absorbed into Darryl F. Zanuck's 20th Century Pictures). In 1935 he signed with MGM under the aegis of Irving Thalberg and his career flourished. He became the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and in a project he initially didn't want to...

Significant features of Spencer Tracy

Often wore a lopsided fedora hat in his films
Blocky shoulders
Plain, everyman looks
Raspy but strong voice
Relatable characters who must change their way of thinking

How much money has Spencer Tracy earned?

Up the River (1930) $1,000 /week
Broken Lance (1954) $165,000 + percentage of profits
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) $400,000
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) $300,000

Publications and Magazines about Spencer Tracy

Bill Davidson Spencer Tracy: Tragic Idol. 1987
Larry Swindell Spencer Tracy . . . An Autobiography. 1969
Fisher Spencer Tracy: A Bio-Bibliography. 1994
Romano Tozzi Spencer Tracy (The Pictorial Treasury of Film Stars). 1972
Alison King Hollywood Legends: Spencer Tracy. 1992
Garson Kanin Tracy and Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir. 1971
Donald Deschner The Complete Films of Spencer Tracy. 1993
James Curtis Spencer Tracy: A Biography. 2011
Michael B. Druxman Tracy: A One-Person Play. 2011
Juan José Videgain Así se vive en Hollywood. 2006

Biographical movies about Spencer Tracy

The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn 2003

What movies did Spencer Tracy play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Matt Drayton, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) Capt. T. G. Culpepper, How the West Was Won (1962) Narrated by, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Chief Judge Dan Haywood, The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1960) Father Matthew Doonan, Inherit the Wind (1960) Henry Drummond, The Last Hurrah (1958) Mayor Frank Skeffington, The Old Man and the Sea (1958) The Old Man / Narrator, Desk Set (1957) Richard Sumner, The Mountain (1956) Zachary Teller, Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) John J. Macreedy, Broken Lance (1954) Matt Devereaux, The Actress...

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Spencer Tracy, James Dunn, Walter Byron, and Peggy Shannon in Society Girl (1932)

Sometimes people confuse Spencer Tracy and James Whitmore. The two sometimes look as if they could have been brothers.

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Spencer Tracy, Ketti Gallian, Helen Morgan, and Ned Sparks in Marie Galante (1934)

In October 1997 he was ranked #64 in "Empire" (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

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Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett in Me and My Gal (1932)

Born at 1:57am-CST

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Spencer Tracy and Sally Eilers in Quick Millions (1931)

Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA, in the Garden of Everlasting Peace, on the right just after entering.

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Spencer Tracy and Helen Twelvetrees in Now I'll Tell (1934)

His Best Actor Oscar for Boys Town (1938) is inscribed with the name "Dick Tracy."

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Spencer Tracy and Helen Twelvetrees in Now I'll Tell (1934)

Attended Ripon College in Ripon, WI, but did not graduate.

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Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner in Fesseln der Liebe (1947)

In 1956/57 when his longtime friend Humphrey Bogart was dying of cancer, Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were two of the few people who visited Bogie (and wife Lauren Bacall) at their home on an almost daily basis. They would sit together at Bogie's bedside for half an hour or so every evening in the months and weeks leading up to his death. After Bogie's death, Bacall requested that Tracy deliver the eulogy at the funeral. He apologetically declined, saying it would simply be too difficult for him. He felt he would be too emotional and wouldn't be able to do it. Bacall understood and director John Huston delivered the eulogy instead.

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Spencer Tracy and Colleen Moore in The Power and the Glory (1933)

Made nine films with Katharine Hepburn, the first of which was Woman of the Year (1942). The last was Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

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Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow in Goldie (1931)

Had two children from his marriage to Louise Treadwell: Son, John Ten Broeck Tracy (born 26 June 1924, died 15 June 2007) and daughter, Louise Treadwell 'Susie' Tracy (born July 1 1932).

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Spencer Tracy in Der Berg der Versuchung (1956)

Son John was born deaf; as a result, his wife, Louise, became an activist for deaf education, establishing the John Tracy Clinic at USC.

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Spencer Tracy in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

He is often mentioned alongside Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando as the greatest movie actor of all time. Unlike the other two, however, Tracy was not already successful and well-known as a stage actor before getting into films.

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Spencer Tracy and Terry-Thomas in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

His father was of Irish descent and his mother was descended from the earliest English settlers in America.

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

Katharine Hepburn, his frequent screen partner and longtime flame, never watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) because it was his last film and watching it with him gone was too painful for her.

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

He was voted the 19th Greatest Movie Star of all time by "Premiere Magazine".

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Spencer Tracy, Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, etc.

Named the #9 Greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by The American Film Institute

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Spencer Tracy in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

When he needed a break he would often go back to Milwaukee and frequent the local watering holes. However, finding him proved to be an almost impossible challenge for Katharine Hepburn, because there are so many bars in Milwaukee.

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Spencer Tracy and Phil Silvers in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

In 2006 his performance as Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind (1960) is ranked #67 on "Premiere Magazine''s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.

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Spencer Tracy in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

Has three films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Captains Courageous (1937) at #94, Boys Town (1938) at #81 and _Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)_ at #35.

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Spencer Tracy in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

In 1935 MGM bought Tracy's contact from 20th Century-Fox, as Louis B. Mayer respected his talent and thought he would be a good second lead, particularly in support of the studio's #1 male star, Clark Gable. Tracy had never developed into a star in his five years at Fox (which was merged with Darryl F. Zanuck's 20th Century Pictures) and the studio had cooled on him. After four years of playing second-fiddle to Gable (and inevitably losing the girl to the man they called "The King" of Hollywood), Tracy came into his own as a star in MGM vehicles such as Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938), for both of which he won back-to-back Best Actor Oscars. Though he remained friends with Gable, the two never co-starred together after 1940.

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Spencer Tracy in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

Didn't like to rehearse and would read through a scene only once, five days before shooting. He also never liked to shoot a scene more than once, and in most cases he didn't have to.

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Spencer Tracy and William Demarest in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

His political views are disputed. Some sources state that he was an arch-conservative during the 1930s, but his views moderated after he met Katharine Hepburn. Others say that he was always a moderate Democrat. He often said he believed actors had no place in politics.

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Spencer Tracy in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

Was supposed to star in Ten North Frederick (1958), but had to withdraw due to poor health and was replaced by Gary Cooper.

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Spencer Tracy and William Demarest in Eine total, total verrückte Welt (1963)

His father, John Tracy, worked as a clerk at a railroad office.

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Spencer Tracy, Joan Crawford, and Alan Curtis in Mannequin (1937)

Longtime companion Katharine Hepburn did not attend his funeral out of respect to his family.

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Spencer Tracy, Joan Crawford, and Alan Curtis in Mannequin (1937)

He won an Oscar for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), making him one of 18 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2015). The other 17 and their respective performances are: Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Jason Robards for playing Ben Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), Robert De Niro for playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Jeremy Irons for playing Claus Von Bullow in Reversal of Fortune (1990), Susan Sarandon for playing Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Julia Roberts for playing Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), Jennifer Connelly for playing Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind (2001), Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Sandra Bullock for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), Melissa Leo for playing Alice Eklund-Ward in The Fighter (2010), Christian Bale for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter (2010), Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) and Eddie Redmayne for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014).

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Spencer Tracy and Joan Crawford in Mannequin (1937)

His son, John Tracy, died June 15, 2007, at his son's home in Acton, Calif. He was 82. Cause of death, following a long illness, was unknown. His sister, Louise Treadwell "Susie" Tracy, announced his death.

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Spencer Tracy and Joan Crawford in Mannequin (1937)

Turned down Cary Grant's role in The Philadelphia Story (1940) because he was eager to make Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941).

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Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, and Ruth Hussey in Nordwest-Passage (1940)

Attended the Democratic National Convention in 1944.

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Spencer Tracy and Robert Young in Nordwest-Passage (1940)

Received a posthumous Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). His widow Louise attended the ceremony in the event that he would win. However, the award went instead to Rod Steiger for In the Heat of the Night (1967).

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Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr in I Take This Woman (1940)

As of 2009 he is only one of six performers who won a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture Drama without being nominated for an Oscar for that same role (for The Actress (1953)). The others are Anthony Franciosa in Career (1959), Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago (1965), Shirley MacLaine in Madame Sousatzka (1988), Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998) and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008).

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Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr in I Take This Woman (1940)

He was supposed to appear in Cheyenne Autumn (1964) and The Cincinnati Kid (1965), but suffered a severe heart attack in 1963. Edward G. Robinson replaced him in both movies.

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Spencer Tracy and Jack Oakie in Looking for Trouble (1934)

Has a street named after him in Iowa City, IA.

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Spencer Tracy and Fay Wray in Shanghai Madness (1933)

Was seriously ill with emphysema as well as diabetes when he made his final film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

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Spencer Tracy and Fay Wray in Shanghai Madness (1933)

He was making a cup of coffee on the morning of 10 June 1967 when he suffered a sudden heart attack. Katharine Hepburn found him dead on the kitchen floor.

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Spencer Tracy and Felipe Pazos in Der alte Mann und das Meer (1958)

He has a grandson, Joseph Spencer Tracy.

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Spencer Tracy and Felipe Pazos in Der alte Mann und das Meer (1958)

Cousin of Gabrielle Christian.

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Spencer Tracy in Der alte Mann und das Meer (1958)

Was announced as co-star with Paul Newman and Robert Mitchum in the Jerry Wald production of The Enemy Within, based on the book by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, which in 1962/63 was in preparation for 20th Century-Fox.

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Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier in Rat mal, wer zum Essen kommt (1967)

Twice earned Best Actor Oscar nominations for playing "foreign" fishermen: as Manuel in Captains Courageous (1937) for which he did win his first Oscar, and then as The Old Man in The Old Man and the Sea (1958), almost 20 years later.

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Spencer Tracy and Alexandra Hay in Rat mal, wer zum Essen kommt (1967)

Is one of eight actors who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a priest. The others, in chronological order, are: Charles Bickford for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Bing Crosby for Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Barry Fitzgerald for Going My Way (1944); Gregory Peck for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944); Karl Malden for On the Waterfront (1954); Jason Miller for The Exorcist (1973); and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008). Tracy, Crosby and Fitzgerald all won Oscars for their performances.

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