Spencer Tracy

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. Despite appearing in 16 films there over the next 5 years, Tracy never achieved star status there (during his stint the studio had floundered and was absorbed into Darryl F. Zanuck's 20th Century Pictures). In 1935 he signed with MGM under the aegis of Irving Thalberg and his career flourished. He became the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and in a project he initially didn't want to star in, 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. His Catholic beliefs precluded ever divorcing his wife Louise, though they lived apart. Tracy suffered from severe alcoholism and diabetes (from the late 1940's), which unfortunately impacted his willingness to accept several tailor-made roles in films that would become big hits. Although his drinking problems were well known, he was inarguably considered one of the best actors in Hollywood among his peers (he had a well deserved reputation for keeping co-stars on their toes for his oddly endearing scene-stealing tricks) and remained in demand. A few weeks after completion of Stanley Kramer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), during which he suffered from lung congestion, he died of a heart attack.

The database contains 135 images with Spencer Tracy, divided over 23 titles.

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806 * 1024 Captains Courageous 1937

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1956 * 1450 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961

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1920 * 1465 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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1728 * 1279 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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1728 * 1280 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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2232 * 2795 Without Love 1945

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1600 * 1196 Without Love 1945

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1612 * 2000 Adam's Rib 1949

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1238 * 1600 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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1500 * 1055 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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Promo shot with Ingrid Bergman & Lana Turner

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1318 * 1600 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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1600 * 1235 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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1500 * 1084 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

Publicity still with Lana Turner & Donald Crisp

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Publicity still with Lana Turner, Donald Crisp & Ian Hunter

1600 * 1234 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

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1598 * 1206 Father's Little Dividend 1951

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