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Spencer Tracy (I) (1900–1967)

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 ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Judgment at Nuremberg
Judgment at Nuremberg Chief Judge Dan Haywood
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Capt. T. G. Culpepper
Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond


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 1962 How the West Was Won
Narrated by (voice)
 1956 The Mountain
Zachary Teller
 1951 The People Against O'Hara
James P. Curtayne
 1949 Malaya
 1942 Keeper of the Flame
Steven O'Malley
 1940 Young Tom Edison
Man Admiring Portrait of Thomas A. Edison (uncredited)
 1938 Test Pilot
 1937 Mannequin
John L. Hennessey
 1936 Libeled Lady
 1936 Fury
Joe Wilson
 1936 Riffraff
Dutch Muller
 1935 Whipsaw
Ross McBride
 1935 It's a Small World
Bill Shevlin
 1934 Bottoms Up
'Smoothie' King
 1934 Looking for Trouble
Joe Graham
 1933 The Mad Game
Edward Carson
 1932 Society Girl
 1932 Young America
Jack Doray
 1932 She Wanted a Millionaire
William Kelley
 1931 Goldie
 1931 Quick Millions
Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond
 1930 The Hard Guy (Short)
 1930 Taxi Talks (Short)
Taxi Driver
 1930 The Strong Arm (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "John 'Killer' Mears") in "The Last Mile" on Broadway. Tragedy. Written by John Wexley. Directed by Chester Erskine. Sam H. Harris Theatre: 13 Feb 1930-Oct 1930 (closing date unknown/289 performances). Cast: Richard Abbott (as "Harris"), James Bell (as "Richard Walters"), Clarence Chase (as "Evangelist"), Don ... See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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[in a 1962 interview] I'm Spencer Tracy with some deference to the character. When a person says he's an actor - he's a personality. The whole idea is to show your personality. There are people who are much better technically, but who cares? Nobody cares. See more »


Received a posthumous Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). His widow Louise attended the ceremony in the event that he would win. However, the award went instead to Rod Steiger for In the Heat of the Night (1967). See more »


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