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The Hard Guy

Up the River



Quick Millions

Six Cylinder Love




She Wanted a Millionaire

Sky Devils

Disorderly Conduct

Young America

Society Girl

The Painted Woman

Me and My Gal

20,000 Years in Sing Sing



Face in the Sky

Shanghai Madness

The Power and the Glory

The Mad Game

Man’s Castle



The Show-Off

Looking for Trouble

Bottoms Up

Now I’ll Tell

Marie Galante



It’s a Small World

The Murder Man

Dante’s Inferno






San Francisco

Libeled Lady



They Gave Him a Gun

Captains Courageous

Big City




Test Pilot

Boys Town

Another Romance of Celluloid

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Hollywood Goes to Town



Stanley and Livingstone

For Auld Lang Syne

Hollywood Hobbies



I Take This Woman

Young Tom Edison

Northwest Passage

Edison, the Man

Boom Town

Northward, Ho!



Men of Boys Town

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde



Woman of the Year

Tortilla Flat

Keeper of the Flame

Ring of Steel



His New World

A Guy Named Joe



The Seventh Cross

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo



Without Love



The Sea of Grass

Cass Timberlane



State of the Union



Edward, My Son

Adam’s Rib


Some of the Best



Father of the Bride



Father’s Little Dividend

The People Against O’Hara

For Defense for Freedom for Humanity



Pat and Mike

Plymouth Adventure



The Actress



Broken Lance



Bad Day at Black Rock



The Mountain



Desk Set



The Old Man and the Sea

The Last Hurrah



Inherit the Wind



The Devil at 4 O’Clock

Judgment at Nuremberg



How the West Was Won



It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World



Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner


He was nominated nine times for Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award and won twice.

1936San Francisco
1937Captains Courageouswon
1938Boys Town won
1950Father of the Bride
1955Bad Day at Black Rock
1958The Old Man and the Sea
1960Inherit the Wind
1961Judgment at Nuremberg
1967Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Acting is not the noblest profession in the world, but there are things lower than acting. Not many, mind you – but politicians give you something to look down on from time to time. ~ Spencer Tracy

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At the age of 18, Tracy enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War I with friend Pat O’Brien. He never saw any action, having spent most of his time stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. After the war, Tracy spent several semesters at Ripon College, where he discovered acting. He then made his way to New York City, where he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Tracy spent much of the 1920s as a stage actor. In 1922, he made his Broadway debut alongside Pat O’Brien as a robot in R.U.R., a science fiction play by Kavel Capek. Tracy continued to appear in both comedies and dramas over the next few years. In 1930, he gave a star-making performance as a convicted killer in the Broadway drama The Last Mile. Director John Ford saw Tracy in the production and wanted him for his film Up The River (1930), which also featured Humphrey Bogart.

Tracy made a string of films from 1930 to 1935, under contract with Fox. He was often cast as a tough guy or criminal. With 20,000 Years in Sing Sing, Tracy began to attract positive notices from critics. The film, which also starred Bette Davis, failed to draw much of an audience. He earned rave reviews for The Power and the Glory. Written by Preston Sturges, the film examined the life of wealthy businessman (Tracy).

Making the move to MGM in 1935, Tracy started to achieve box office success. His first hit as a leading man came with 1936 revenge drama Fury, directed by Fritz Lang. Tracy scored again later that same year with San Francisco, co-starring with Clark Gable in this disaster tale.

In 1937, Tracy achieved both commercial and critical success with Captains Courageous. Audiences and critics alike praised his performance as a Portuguese fisherman, and the film brought him his first Academy Award. Tracy picked up another Academy Award the following year for his portrayal of Father Flanagan in Boys Town.

In 1942, Tracy first appeared opposite Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year. The pair had tremendous chemistry, both on and off-screen. Some have commented that Tracy had finally met his match in Hepburn, and their talent for verbal sparring was dazzling in their films together. Many of their projects involved a battle-of-the-sexes theme, such as Adam’s Rib (1949). In this film, the pair played married lawyers on opposite sides of a court battle.

By the mid-1950s, Tracy’s career seemed to slow down. One memorable role from this time was Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He played a one-armed man searching for the truth in a small desert town. Tracy’s work with Hepburn on the comedy Desk Set (1957) was another popular picture from this time.

Tracy started the 1960s with several strong leading roles. With Inherit the Wind (1960), he brought a fictionalized version of the renowned lawyer Clarence Darrow to the big screen. The film, based on an earlier play, explored the infamous Scopes Trial of 1925, which was a legal battle over the teaching of evolution. In Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), he played an American judge presiding in a trial of his German counterparts after World War II.

Tracy filmed his last movie, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which also starred Hepburn and actor Sidney Poitier. The movie explored the subject of interracial dating. Seventeen days after the filming was complete, Tracy died of a heart attack on June 10, 1967, at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Hepburn had been with him during his final days.

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