Spencer Tracy

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Movie Actor
Date of Birth April 5, 1900
Place of Birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date of Death Jun 10, 1967 (67)
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Spencer Tracy

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was an American actor, known for his natural performing 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 the 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, he was signed to a contract with Fox Film Corporation.

Born: April 05, 1900, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: June 10, 1967, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Burial place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, California, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1921–1967
Partner(s): Katharine Hepburn, (1941–1967)
Children: 2
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About Spencer Tracy

Received nine Academy Award nominations for Best Actor across his career and won the award two years in a row for the films Captains Courageous (1938) and Boys Town (1939).

Before Fame

He was a hyperactive student and regularly ditched class. After studying with Dominican nuns, he became fascinated with cinema. He and his friends later began their own acting company, The Campus Players.


His final film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, was completed 17 days before his death and earned him a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Family Life

He was married to Louis Tracy from 1923 to 1967. He dated actress and frequent co-star Katharine Hepburn from 1941 until his death 26 years later.


Sir Laurence Olivier eventually tied him for career Academy Award nominations for Best Actor when he earned his ninth nomination for The Boys from Brazil in 1978.

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