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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 Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

1961 NR

This Academy Award-winning film by Stanley Kramer stars Spencer Tracy as American judge Dan Haywood, who's chosen to guide a 1948 tribunal that's trying Germans suspected of engaging in atrocities during World War II. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, Haywood must obtain justice in a case with raised stakes and mixed emotions. Maximilian Schell co-stars in an Oscar-lauded performance as defense counsel for the Nazi prisoners.

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