Spencer Tracy


Actor
Spencer Tracy

About

Birth Place
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Born
April 05, 1900
Died
June 10, 1967
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

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 acti...

Photos & Videos

Tortilla Flat - Kapralik Trade Ad
Boom Town - Publicity Stills
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Louise Treadwell
Wife
Actor. Married in 1923; met while in stock; founded John Tracy Clinic, medical center for the deaf; survived him.
Loretta Young
Companion
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.
Hedy Lamarr
Companion
Actor. Reportedly began a relationship during filming of "I Take This Woman" in 1938.
Katharine Hepburn
Companion
Actor. Together from 1942 until his death.

Bibliography

"An Affair to Remember: The Remarkable Love Story of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy"
Christopher Andersen, William Morrow (1997)
"Tracy and Hepburn"
Garson Kanin (1971)
"Spencer Tracy"
Larry Swindell (1970)

Notes

"What Tracy offered as characterization was a combination of masculine personality and seemingly total sincerity. In the bulk of his cinema work, he demonstrated an impressive truthfulness of character which appeared steeped in infinite wisdom and compassion for his fellow man. Tracy's acting technique was effortless and without the nervous mannerisms that were the hallmark of so many other individualistic stars. Tracy's one dominant indentifying professional trait was his look of total concentration. He was Daniel in the lion's den; be it surrounded by women, children, or natural disaster, his solidarity quieted down all outside forces."--James Robert Parish ("The MGM Stock Company")

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).

Biography

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.

Tracy's early childhood was one of intense rebelliousness--he was expelled from a total of fifteen grade schools. By the time he reached high school, he had had a change of attitude, achieving good grades and even aspiring to the priesthood. But at Ripon College Tracy became involved with college theatrical productions, and before long he found himself in New York City, enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

The 1920s were a decade of struggle, as he fended off poverty by taking any acting job that came along, from traveling road companies and one-nighters to repertory work in towns as far-flung as White Plains and Grand Rapids. He first achieved Broadway notice in "Yellow" (1926) and critical and audience praise in "Baby Cyclone" (1927). But three flops in a row in 1929 ("Conflict," "Nigger Rich" and "Veneer") saw his career come to a standstill. In 1930, Tracy appeared in two low-budget short films: "Taxi Talks," as a gangster, and "Hard Guy," as a World War I veteran. But the films were unimpressive and Tracy still struggled until "The Last Mile." Playing killer John Mears in this Broadway crime drama, Tracy had his first major success. One audience member impressed by Tracy's performance was director John Ford, who persuaded Fox to sign him for Ford's upcoming film "Up the River" (1930).

"Up the River," a comic crime film, was a hit for Fox and Tracy was put under contract. But before long Tracy despaired of the studio's ever casting him in the right vehicles. Although he received critical praise for "Quick Millions" (1931), "Society Girl" (1932), and "20,000 Years in Sing Sing" (1933), most of his films were financial failures and Fox was reluctant to promote him in quality features. A frustrated Tracy responded with heavy drinking, fighting with producers and directors and disappearing from film sets for days at a time. Fox did cast him in its prestige production, "The Power and the Glory" (1933), Tracy's most challenging role yet, as a ruthless business tycoon, but the film's meager box-office convinced Fox that Tracy would never be a box-office star and he played out his contract in second-rate productions.

Although Louis B. Mayer felt Spencer Tracy lacked box-office fire, Irving Thalberg pushed for Tracy to come to MGM, feeling that he could make it at a studio top-heavy with female stars. Signing with MGM in 1935, Tracy was featured the next year in two successes, "San Francisco" and "Libeled Lady," although more as a glorified supporting player to Clark Gable and William Powell than a force who could carry his own film. Tracy more than proved his star power and earned industry respect with back-to-back Academy Award-winning performances in "Captains Courageous" (1937) and "Boys Town" (1938). Having proved his mettle in dramatic roles, Tracy solidified his reputation for versatility by co-starring in a long-running series of romantic comedies with Katharine Hepburn, beginning with "Woman of the Year" (1942) and continuing with such classics as "State of the Union" (1948), "Adam's Rib" (1949), and "Pat and Mike" (1952). Tracy's unsophisticated gruffness provided a perfect counterpoint to Hepburn's ethereal cosmopolitanism.

Tracy continued at MGM until problems developed on the set of "Tribute to a Bad Man" (1956), where his imperious and confusing behavior caused the production to shut down. Director Robert Wise was forced to fire Tracy from the film, effectively ending his twenty years with the studio.

In declining health, Tracy became reclusive, never venturing from his rented home. But he developed a friendship with director Stanley Kramer, who guided him through the final decade of his life in such crowning performances as the Clarence Darrow-inspired lawyer in "Inherit the Wind" (1960) and the transcendental judge in "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). Suffering from emphysema, Tracy made his last screen appearance opposite Hepburn in Kramer's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967). Struggling through the production, Tracy died two weeks after filming was completed.

Tracy's presence was a strong, quiet, reliable one. He gave the American cinema some of its most enduring and undeterred portrayals of stolid honesty and thoughtful scrupulousness. The inner strength and self-assurance he projected are in stark contrast to the cinema's current stars.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Himself
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Matt Drayton
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Capt. C. G. Culpeper
How the West Was Won (1963)
Narrator
The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)
Father Matthew Doonan
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Judge Dan Haywood
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Henry Drummond
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Frank Skeffington
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
The old man [Santiago]
Desk Set (1957)
Richard Sumner
The Mountain (1956)
Zachary Teller
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
John J. Macreedy
Broken Lance (1954)
Matt Devereaux
The Actress (1953)
Clinton Jones
Pat and Mike (1952)
Mike Conovan
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Capt. Christopher Jones
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
James P. Curtayne
Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Stanley Banks
Father of the Bride (1950)
Stanley T. Banks
Adam's Rib (1949)
Adam Bonner
Edward, My Son (1949)
Arnold Boult
Malaya (1949)
Carnahan
State of the Union (1948)
Grant Matthews
Cass Timberlane (1948)
Cass Timberlane
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Col. Jim Brewton
Without Love (1945)
Pat Jamieson
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle
The Seventh Cross (1944)
George Heisler
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
Pete Sandridge
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Pilon
Woman of the Year (1942)
Sam Craig
Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Steven O'Malley
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Dr. Harry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Men of Boys Town (1941)
Father [Edward J.] Flanagan
Boom Town (1940)
Square John Sand [Shorty]
I Take This Woman (1940)
[Dr.] Karl Decker
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Major [Robert] Rogers
Edison, the Man (1940)
Thomas A. Edison
Northwest Passage (1940)
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
Henry M. Stanley
Boys Town (1938)
Father [Edward] Flanagan
Test Pilot (1938)
Gunner [Morse]
Captains Courageous (1937)
Manuel [Fidello]
Mannequin (1937)
John L. Hennessey
Big City (1937)
Joe Benton
They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
Fred [P. Willis]
Fury (1936)
Joe Wilson
Riffraff (1936)
Dutch [Muller]
San Francisco (1936)
Father Tim Mullin
Libeled Lady (1936)
[Warren] Haggerty
Whipsaw (1935)
Ross McBride
It's a Small World (1935)
Bill Shevlin
Murder Man (1935)
Steve Grey
Dante's Inferno (1935)
Jim Carter
Looking for Trouble (1934)
Joe Graham
Bottoms Up (1934)
Smoothie
The Show-Off (1934)
[J.] Aubrey Piper
Now I'll Tell (1934)
Murray Golden
Marie Galante (1934)
Crawbett
The Power and the Glory (1933)
Tom Garner
Shanghai Madness (1933)
[Lieutenant Patrick] Pat [H.] Jackson
The Mad Game (1933)
Edward Carson
Man's Castle (1933)
Bill
Face in the Sky (1933)
Joe Buck
She Wanted a Millionaire (1932)
William Kelley
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
Tommy Connors
Disorderly Conduct (1932)
Dick Fay
Young America (1932)
Jack Doray
Me and My Gal (1932)
Danny Dolan
Sky Devils (1932)
Wilkie
The Painted Woman (1932)
Tom Brian
Society Girl (1932)
Doc Briscoe
Quick Millions (1931)
Daniel J. "Bugs" Raymond
Six Cylinder Love (1931)
Donroy
Goldie (1931)
Bill
Up the River (1930)
St. Louis

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Other

Cast (Special)

Hepburn And Tracy (1984)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)
Himself
The Men Who Made the Movies: George Cukor (1973)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Special)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)
Other

Cast (Short)

RED CROSS PROMO (SPENCER TRACY) (1951)
Himself
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
Himself
Northward, Ho! (1939)
Himself
Hollywood Hobbies (1939)
Himself
Another Romance of Celluloid (1938)
Himself
Hollywood Goes to Town (1938)
Himself
The Hard Guy (1930)

Misc. Crew (Short)

Spencer Tracy (1962)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1922

Moved to NYC

1922

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

1930

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

1930

Feature film acting debut in "Up the River"

1930

Signed by Fox Pictures for a five-year contract

1935

Joined MGM until contract terminated in 1956

1937

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

1942

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

1945

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

1967

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

Photo Collections

Tortilla Flat - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Tortilla Flat (1942), starring Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Boom Town - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Boom Town (1940). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Seventh Cross - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from MGM's The Seventh Cross (1944), starring Spencer Tracy and Signe Hasso. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Edison, the Man - Lobby Cards
Edison, the Man - Lobby Cards
The Actress - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from MGM's The Actress (1953), starring Jean Simmons, Spencer Tracy, and Anthony Perkins. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
San Francisco - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's San Francisco (1936), starring Clark gable and Spencer Tracy, and directed by W.S. Van Dyke.
The Last Hurrah - Movie Posters
The Last Hurrah - Movie Posters
The Last Hurrah - Lobby Card Set
The Last Hurrah - Lobby Card Set
Mannequin - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of Mannequin (1937), starring Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy and directed by Frank Borzage.
Father of the Bride - Elizabeth Taylor Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here is a group of photos of Elizabeth Taylor taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Father of the Bride (1950).
Woman of the Year - Publicity Art
Here are a couple of specialty drawings created by MGM for newspaper reproduction to publicize Woman of the Year (1942), starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.
Woman of the Year - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Woman of the Year (1942), starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Edward, My Son - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's Edward, My Son (1949), starring Spencer Tracy and Deborah Kerr. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
How the West Was Won - Program Book
Here is the souvenir Program Book sold at Roadshow engagements for the 1962 epic in Cinerama, How the West Was Won.
Adam's Rib - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Adam's Rib (1949). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Judgment at Nuremberg - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), directed by Stanley Kramer. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Father's Little Dividend - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Father's Little Dividend (1951), starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Without Love - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Without Love (1945), starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Adam's Rib - Publicity Art
Here is a specialty drawing created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize Adam's Rib (1949), starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Father of the Bride - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for Father of the Bride (1950). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), starring Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, and Ingrid Bergman. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Test Pilot - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release American movie posters for Test Pilot (1938), starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy.
Bad Day at Black Rock - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here is a group of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan and Anne Francis.
A Guy Named Joe - Publicity Stills
Here are a few stills taken to help publicize MGM's A Guy Named Joe (1943), starring Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of publicity stills from MGM's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Woman of the Year - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Woman of the Year (1942). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Fury - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Fury (1936), starring Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney and directed by Fritz Lang.
Tortilla Flat - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's Tortilla Flat (1942), starring Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, and John Garfield. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
A Guy Named Joe - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo of Spencer Tracy, taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's A Guy Named Joe (1943).
Captains Courageous - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release movie posters for MGM's Captains Courageous (1937), starring Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew.
Without Love - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Without Love (1945). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Northwest Passage - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Northwest Passage (1940). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Men of Boys Town - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Men of Boys Town (1941), starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney.
The Thin Man Goes Home - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Fury - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Fury (1936), directed by Fritz Lang and starring Spencer Tracy.

Videos

Movie Clip

Keeper Of The Flame, The (1942) - I Envisioned An Older Man 25 minutes into the picture the first appearance of co-top-billed Katherine Hepburn, as Christine Forrest, mourning widow of national hero Robert, as she meets enterprising and acclaimed reporter O’Malley (Spencer Tracy), who has snuck into her house, in George Cukor’s Keeper Of The Flame, 1942.
Broken Lance (1954) - The Governor Wants To See You Emerging from a deep dark prison to 20th Century-Fox Cinemascope Technicolor, Robert Wagner as Joe Devereaux gets escorted (by John Epper) to the see the governor at the state capitol, stopping to gaze at a portrait of his dad (Spencer Tracy), opening Edward Dmytryk’s burly Western Broken Lance, 1954.
Broken Lance (1954) - I'm Afraid Of No One But You Well into the flashback of the last days of the late Spencer Tracy (as rancher Matt Devereaux) we meet Katy Jurado, in one of her best roles, as his wife “Señora” Devereaux, in fact of Native American origin, dressing a wound discussing troubles with his older sons and their one shared, in director Edward Dmytryk’s Broken Lance, 1954.
Broken Lance (1954) - Stay Close To Me Director Edward Dmytryk staging a tense prelude to a big action piece, Spencer Tracy as rancher Devereaux with his sons (Richard Widmark, Hugh O’Brian, Earl Holliman and Robert Wagner as Joe) confronts McAndrews (Robert Burton), boss of the copper mine that’s poisoning his cattle, in Broken Lance, 1954.
Woman Of The Year (1942) - Should We Abolish Baseball? Opening scene, sports writer Sam (Spencer Tracy) joins pals (Roscoe Karns, William Tannen) and barkeep (William Bendix), as they hear high-brow columnist Tess (Katharine Hepburn) on the radio, in Woman Of The Year, 1942, original screenplay by Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner Jr.
State Of The Union (1948) - You've Cut Some Corners Industrialist Matthews (Spencer Tracy) visiting with political boss Conover (Adolphe Menjou), doesn't realize his estranged wife Mary (Katharine Hepburn) has arrived, then discussing a run for the White House, in Frank Capra's State Of The Union, 1948.
State Of The Union (1948) - Twelve Commandments Continuing their first scene together, maid Norah (Margaret Hamilton) in the middle as estranged wife Mary (Katharine Hepburn) discovers how close her potential-candidate husband Grant (Spencer Tracy) has become with his powerful mistress, in State Of The Union, 1948.
People Against O'Hara, The (1951) - No Thanks, Knuckles Recovering alcoholic prosecutor turned defense lawyer Curtayne (Spencer Tracy) is summoned to see gangster "Knuckles" Lanzetta (Eduardo Ciannelli) and trophy wife (Yvette Duguay), early in MGM's The People Against O'Hara, 1951.
People Against O'Hara, The (1951) - We Plead Not Guilty First court appearance for Spencer Tracy as recovering-alcoholic and ex-prosecutor Curtayne, defending accused killer and family friend Johnny (James Arness), John Hodiak the prosecutor, Henry O’Neill the judge, then a jail visit, angered because Johnny isn’t telling him everything, in The People Against O’Hara, 1951.
People Against O'Hara, The (1951) - Old Friends The O'Hara's (Louise Lorimer, Arthur Shields) appeal to their old neighbor, the recovering alcoholic prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer Curtayne (Spencer Tracy) on behalf of their son, early in John Sturges' The People Against O'Hara, 1951.
Sea Of Grass, The (1947) - Parties Unknown Cattle baron Brewton (Spencer Tracy, his first scene), his bride-to-be (Katharen Hepburn) just in from St. Louis observing, as the judge (Robert Barratt) presides over a bent verdict in his favor, plaintiff's lawyer Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas) infuriated, early in The Sea Of Grass, 1947.
Sea Of Grass, The (1947) - The Way God Made It Who knew, that Elia Kazan directed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, as New Mexico cattle baron Col. Jim Brewton and his new from St. Louis wife Lutie, taking in lots of landscape, in their first extended scene together, in The Sea Of Grass, 1947.

Trailer

Father's Little Dividend - (Original Trailer) In the sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), Spencer Tracy discovers the joys and pains of grandfatherhood.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - (Original Trailer) Spencer Tracy's last film and last with Katharine Hepburn was this story of a liberal couple tested when their daughter brings home a black fiancee.
Cass Timberlane - (Original Trailer) An aging judge creates a scandal when he marries a younger woman from the wrong side of the tracks in Cass Timberlane (1947) starring Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner.
Whipsaw - (Original Trailer) G-Man Spencer Tracy falls for glamorous jewel thief Myrna Loy in Whipsaw (1935).
Tortilla Flat - (Original Trailer) Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr and John Garfield star in Tortilla Flat (1942), based on the novel by John Steinbeck.
Keeper of the Flame - (Original Trailer) A reporter digs into the secret life of a recently deceased political hero in Keeper of the Flame (1942) with Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy.
Old Man and the Sea, The - (Original Trailer) A Cuban fisherman (Spencer Tracy) believes his long dry spell will end when he catches a legendary fish in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (1958).
Father of the Bride (1950) - (Original Trailer) A doting father (Spencer Tracy) faces mountains of bills and endless trials when his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) marries in Father of the Bride (1950), directed by Vincente Minnelli.
Libeled Lady - (Original Trailer) When an heiress sues a newspaper, the editor hires a gigolo to compromise her in Libeled Lady, 1936, starring Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and William Powell.
Captains Courageous - (Re-issue Trailer) A spoiled rich kid is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man.
Desk Set - (Original Trailer) Computer expert Spencer Tracy tries to prove his electronic brain can replace Katharine Hepburn's research staff in Desk Set (1957).
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) - (Original Trailer) Spencer Tracy plays a scientist whose investigations into the nature of good and evil transform him into a dangerous split personality - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941). It co-stars Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner and was based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel.

Promo

Family

John Edward Tracy
Father
Truck salesman.
Carrie Tracy
Mother
John Tracy
Son
Born deaf.
Louise Tracy
Daughter
Born on July 1, 1932.

Companions

Louise Treadwell
Wife
Actor. Married in 1923; met while in stock; founded John Tracy Clinic, medical center for the deaf; survived him.
Loretta Young
Companion
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.
Hedy Lamarr
Companion
Actor. Reportedly began a relationship during filming of "I Take This Woman" in 1938.
Katharine Hepburn
Companion
Actor. Together from 1942 until his death.

Bibliography

"An Affair to Remember: The Remarkable Love Story of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy"
Christopher Andersen, William Morrow (1997)
"Tracy and Hepburn"
Garson Kanin (1971)
"Spencer Tracy"
Larry Swindell (1970)

Notes

"What Tracy offered as characterization was a combination of masculine personality and seemingly total sincerity. In the bulk of his cinema work, he demonstrated an impressive truthfulness of character which appeared steeped in infinite wisdom and compassion for his fellow man. Tracy's acting technique was effortless and without the nervous mannerisms that were the hallmark of so many other individualistic stars. Tracy's one dominant indentifying professional trait was his look of total concentration. He was Daniel in the lion's den; be it surrounded by women, children, or natural disaster, his solidarity quieted down all outside forces."--James Robert Parish ("The MGM Stock Company")

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).