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Spencer Tracy Biography

Birth Name:
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy
Birth Place:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • A rebellious child who was also uprooted as a result of his father's work, he was kicked out of 15 different grade schools and attended six different high schools
  • At the urging of his father, considered going into the priesthood for a while
  • Dropped out of high school to enlist in the Navy with longtime friend and fellow actor Pat O'Brien
  • While studying medicine at Wisconsin's Ripon College, decided to become a professional actor after starring in several plays
  • First major big-screen role came in 1930 with John Ford's crime comedy Up the River, costarring Humphrey Bogart
  • First actor to win back-to-back Oscars
  • Appeared in nine films with companion and frequent costar Katharine Hepburn
  • They first costarred in the 1942 romantic comedy Woman of the Year; they last appeared together in 1967's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, which was completed just 17 days before Tracy's death
  • After reportedly causing problems on the set, he was fired from Robert Wise's 1956 film Tribute to a Bad Man; it was his final movie with MGM after two decades at the studio

Awards

  • 1969BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1968Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1967Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1961Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1961Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1960Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1959Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1959BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1958National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1958Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1957BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1955Cannes Film Festival-International Prize- Best Actor: winner
  • 1955Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1954BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1954Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1950Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1938Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1938National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner
  • 1937Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1936Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated

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