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Spencer Tracy (1900 – 1967)

Born: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy
April 5, 1900

Spencer_TracySpencer 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).



3 comments on “Spencer Tracy (1900 – 1967)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    My favorite story about Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is that they were trying to get Tracy do it, but he didn’t put want to because of his health. Hepburn thought it would be good for him, though, so she told him, “Spencer,” (you should imagine this in her voice, “you should do this. It will be wonderful, and I will play your wife.”

    A part which had not been offered to her, but Tracy agreed on that basis, so that’s what happened.

    • Klaus

      Cool story, and yeah, you can just hear her saying that with that voice!

  2. TSorensen

    This is a guy I really what to see some more of. Four films on the list is a bit thin, but that is all I have seen. Well, actually only the two first ones, but based on those you can see there is more where it is coming from. 75 film! Well, I got it cut out for me.

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