Spencer Tracy

Actor, Bellhop, Janitor
In the early 1930s, Spencer Tracy's truculent attitude and thunderingly aberrant behavior were his only defenses against studio power brokers who cast him as stereotypical con men, buddies and gangsters. But by the end ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


Actor (67)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1966 (Movie)

Matt Drayton (Actor)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Captain C G Culpeper (Actor)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

Judge Dan Haywood (Actor)

The Devil at 4 O'Clock 1961 (Movie)

Father Matthew Doonan (Actor)

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

Henry Drummond (Actor)

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

Frank Skeffington (Actor)

The Old Man and the Sea 1958 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Desk Set 1957 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

The Mountain 1956 (Movie)

Zachary Teller (Actor)

Bad Day at Black Rock 1954 (Movie)

John J MacReedy (Actor)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

Matt Devereaux (Actor)

The Actress 1953 (Movie)

Clinton Jones (Actor)

Pat and Mike 1952 (Movie)

Mike Conovan (Actor)

Adam's Rib 1949 (Movie)

Adam Bonner (Actor)

State of the Union 1948 (Movie)

Grant Matthews (Actor)

Sea of Grass 1947 (Movie)

Jim Brewton (Actor)

Without Love 1945 (Movie)

Pat Jamieson (Actor)

Keeper of the Flame 1941 (Movie)

Stephen O'Malley (Actor)

Woman of the Year 1941 (Movie)

Sam Craig (Actor)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1940 (Movie)

Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (Actor)

Boom Town 1939 (Movie)


Boys Town 1937 (Movie)

Father Edward Flanagan (Actor)

Mannequin 1937 (Movie)

John Hennessey (Actor)

Test Pilot 1937 (Movie)


Captains Courageous 1936 (Movie)

Manuel (Actor)

Fury 1935 (Movie)

Joe Wilson (Actor)

Libeled Lady 1935 (Movie)


San Francisco 1935 (Movie)


A Man's Castle 1932 (Movie)


The Power and the Glory 1932 (Movie)


Goldie 1930 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Quick Millions 1930 (Movie)


Up the River 1929 (Movie)


20,000 Years in Sing-Sing (Movie)

Tom Connors (Actor)

A Guy Named Joe (Movie)

Pete Sandidge (Actor)

Cass Timberlane (Movie)

Cass Timberlane (Actor)

Dante's Inferno (Movie)

Jim Carter (Actor)

Disorderly Conduct (Movie)

Dick Fay (Actor)

Edison, the Man (Movie)

Thomas Alva Edison (Actor)

Edward, My Son (Movie)

Arnold Boult (Actor)

Father of the Bride (Movie)

Stanley T. Banks (Actor)

Father's Little Dividend (Movie)

Stanley T. Banks (Actor)

I Take This Woman (Movie)

Karl Decker (Actor)

It's a Small World (Movie)

Bill Shevlin (Actor)

Malaya (Movie)

Carnahan (Actor)

Marie Galante (Movie)

Crawbett (Actor)

Me and My Gal (Movie)

Dan Dolan (Actor)

Men of Boys Town (Movie)

Father Flanagan (Actor)

Northwest Passage (Movie)

Maj. Robert Rogers (Actor)

Shanghai Madness (Movie)

Lt. Pat Jackson (Actor)

She Wanted a Millionaire (Movie)

William Kelley (Actor)

Sky Devils (Movie)

Wilkie (Actor)

Society Girl (Movie)

Briscoe (Actor)

Stanley and Livingstone (Movie)

Henry M. Stanley (Actor)

The Big City (Movie)

Joe Benton (Actor)

The Face in the Sky (Movie)

Joe Buck (Actor)

The Murder Man (Movie)

Steve Gray (Actor)

The Plymouth Adventure (Movie)

Capt. Christopher Jones (Actor)

The Seventh Cross (Movie)

George Heisler (Actor)

The Show-Off (Movie)

Aubrey Piper (Actor)

They Gave Him a Gun (Movie)

Fred Willis (Actor)

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Movie)

Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle (Actor)

Tortilla Flat (Movie)

Pilon (Actor)

Whipsaw (Movie)

Ross McBride (Actor)

Young America (Movie)

Jack Doray (Actor)


In the early 1930s, Spencer Tracy's truculent attitude and thunderingly aberrant behavior were his only defenses against studio power brokers who cast him as stereotypical con men, buddies and gangsters. But by the end of the decade the actor's on-screen style--seamless naturalism and subtle inflections--had proved the ticket to stardom. A Tracy performance was always more than just action; there was always an undercurrent of mental activity beneath the surface. Stanley Kramer, who directed him in several films, recalls: "I was afraid to say, 'Spencer, you're a great actor. He'd only say, 'Now what the hell kind of thing is that to come out with?' He wanted to know it; he needed to know it. But he didn't want you to say it--just think it. And maybe that was one of the reasons he was a great actor. He thought and listened better than anyone in the history of motion pictures. A silent close-up reaction of Spencer Tracy said it all." Tracy's seemingly effortless approach earned him the respect of his peers, helping him to become one of the most distinguished and venerated actors of his generation.


Carrie Tracy


Katharine Hepburn Actor

together from 1942 until his death

Hedy Lamarr Actor

reportedly began a relationship during filming of "I Take This Woman" in 1938

John Tracy


Louise Tracy

born on July 1, 1932

John Tracy

born deaf

Louise Treadwell

married in 1923 met while in stock founded John Tracy Clinic, medical center for the deaf survived him

Loretta Young Actor

met while filming "A Man's Castle" in 1933 to end Hollywood gossip, Young made a public statement that since both she and Tracy were Catholics and could never properly marry, they had agreed not to see one another socially again


Ripon College

Ripon , Wisconsin 1921
toyed with idea of becoming plastic surgeon; after starring in school production of Clyde Fitch's "The Truth", decided to become an actor

Marquette Academy

Milwaukee , Wisconsin
Jesuit prep school; attended with fellow actor Pat O'Brien

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1922 - 1923

Northwestern Military Academy



Last film, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (Tracy died two weeks after production; awarded posthumous Oscar nomination)


Returned to Broadway stage in Robert Sherwood's "The Rugged Path"


First screen pairing with Katharine Hepburn in "Woman of the Year"


First actor to win two Academy Awards as "Best Actor" in succession


Joined MGM until contract terminated in 1956


Signed by Fox Pictures for a five-year contract


During Broadway run of "The Last Mile", made several talking short subjects for Vitaphone and four unsuccessful screen tests for major studios


Feature film acting debut in "Up the River"


Broadway debut, first as a walk-on, then a speaking part in Theatre Guild production of Karel Capek's "R.U.R."


Moved to NYC

Before college, enlisted in Navy with boyhood friend, Pat O'Brien at age 17

Bonus Trivia


Tracy was also nominated for Oscars 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).