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A favorite among audiences, critics and his peers, Spencer Tracy was born April 5, 1900, in Milwaukee. He settled on an acting career while attending college and played small parts on Broadway until his lead role in "The Last Mile" caught the attention of director John Ford, who cast Tracy in Up the River (1930).

Tracy's breakthrough came in 1932 with the prison yarn 20,000 Years in Sing Sing. After delivering an Oscar-nominated performance in San Francisco (1936), Tracy won back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

Tracy teamed for the first time with Katharine Hepburn in 1942's Woman of the Year -- the start of a long personal and professional collaboration that produced such memorable movies as Adam's Rib (1949), Desk Set (1957) and Tracy's swan song, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). The star died from a heart attack June 10, 1967.

Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

1960 NR

Spencer Tracy (in an Oscar-nominated role) and Fredric March square off as opposing attorneys Henry Drummond and Matthew Harrison Brady, respectively, in this blistering courtroom drama about the famed 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial," in which a Tennessee teacher was taken to task for teaching Darwinism in the classroom. The film also earned Oscar nods for its editing, screenplay and cinematography. Gene Kelly co-stars as a newspaper reporter.

  • Spencer Tracy in Judgment at Nuremberg Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Spencer Tracy in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Spencer Tracy in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Spencer Tracy in Captains Courageous Captains Courageous
  • Spencer Tracy in Boom Town Boom Town
  • Spencer Tracy in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
  • Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride Father of the Bride
  • Spencer Tracy in The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea
  • Spencer Tracy in State of the Union State of the Union
  • Spencer Tracy in Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River
  • Spencer Tracy in Boys Town Boys Town
  • Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year Woman of the Year
  • Spencer Tracy in Keeper of the Flame Keeper of the Flame
  • Spencer Tracy in The Sea of Grass The Sea of Grass
  • Spencer Tracy in Father's Little Dividend Father's Little Dividend
  • Spencer Tracy in The Mountain The Mountain
  • Spencer Tracy in Murnau, Borzage & Fox Documentary Murnau, Borzage & Fox Documentary
  • Spencer Tracy in San Francisco San Francisco
  • Spencer Tracy in Fury Fury
  • Spencer Tracy in Without Love Without Love
  • Spencer Tracy in After Tomorrow / Young America After Tomorrow / Young America
  • Spencer Tracy in Elizabeth Taylor Triad Elizabeth Taylor Triad
  • Spencer Tracy in Desk Set Desk Set
  • Spencer Tracy in MGM: When the Lion Roars MGM: When the Lion Roars