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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Place of Death
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Captains Courageous (1937).
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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 in The Last Mile (1932) and signed him to Up the River (1930) for Fox. His family moved to Hollywood in 1931, and Tracy made 16 films in three years. In 1935 he signed with MGM. He became the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938). He was nominated for San Francisco (1936), Father of the Bride (1950), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), The Old Man and the Sea (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and Guess Who`s Coming to Dinner (1967). He had a brief romantic relationship with Loretta Young in the 1930s and a lifelong one with Katharine Hepburn beginning in 1942. Because he was a Catholic he never divorced his wife Louise, though they lived apart. A few weeks after completion of Guess Who`s Coming to Dinner (1967), during which he suffered from lung congestion, he died of a heart attack.
Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Medicine, Ripcon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, United States (1924) (dropped out)
Full Name at Birth
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy
John Edward Tracy (A Truck Salesman.) (Was Of Irish Catholic Background.)
Caroline (née Brown) (Was A Presbyterian From A Wealthy Midwestern Family.)
Humphrey Bogart, Joseph Mankiewicz, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Billy Grady, James Cagney, Walter Huston, John Huston, Lauren Bacall, William Frawley, Stanley Kramer, Frederic March, Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, John Steinbeck, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Damon Runyon, Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Jean Negulesco, Frank Morgan, Ralph Bellamy, Beverly Roberts
Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Merle Oberon, Joan Bennett
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 was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor and won two, sharing the record for nominations in that category with Laurence Olivier.
American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (1923)
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(1938) Magazine ad: Lucky Strike cigarettes., (1939) Magazine ad: DeSoto automobiles.
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