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Born: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy
April 5, 1900
Spencer Tracy’s acting career began on the stage during the early 1920s, where he became a successful Broadway performer. Often portraying strong “everyman” characters, Tracy developed a natural acting style over four decades and in 75 films. Nominated nine times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Actor, Tracy won twice for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938). A total of four of Tracy’s pictures appear on the 1001 list, including: Me and My Gal (1932), Captains Courageous (1937), Adam’s Rib (1949), and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). Appearing for the ninth time with Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), Tracy died shortly after filming was completed (Klaus Ming July 2013).