Spencer Tracy was an Academy Award-winning American actor who became one of the brightest stars of Old Hollywood and was widely popular among fans due to his work in such films as San Francisco, Captains Courageous, Boys Town, Woman of the Year, Tortilla Flat, Adam’s Rib, Father of the Bride, Bad Day at Black Rock, Judgment at Nuremberg, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner etc.
One of the major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy was the first actor to win two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor from nine nominations. During his career, he appeared in 75 films and developed a reputation among his peers as one of the screen’s greatest actors. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Tracy as the 9th greatest male star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy
Birthday / Date of Birth
Spencer Tracy was born on the 5th of April 1900, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.
Date of Death
He passed away on 10th June 1967, in Beverly Hills, California from a heart attack at the age of 67 years.
He had Irish ancestry on his father’s side and was of English descent on his mother’s side.
Spencer educational qualifications are -He had graduated from Saint Mary’s Academy and College St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.
- Father – John Edward Tracy
- Mother – Caroline Brown
- Siblings – Carroll Tracy (Older Brother)
Girlfriend / Spouse
Spencer Tracy has dated –
- Louise Treadwell (1923-1933) – On September 10, 1923, Spencer wed Louise Treadwell. The couple welcomed a son named John Ten Broeck Tracy (b. June 1924) and a daughter named Louise ‘Susie’ Treadwell Tracy (b. July 1932). Their marriage came to an end, for all intents and purposes, in 1933, however, they never officially got divorced.
- Katharine Hepburn (1941-1967) – Tracy longest relationship was with his frequent co-star Katharine Hepburn. Their love affair, which began on the sets of the 1941 film, Woman of the Year, lasted for nearly 26 years until Tracy’s passing in 1967. Moreover, the couple lived together towards the end of his life, but they never got married.
- In feet – 5 feet 8¾ inches
- In centimeters – 175 cm
- In meters – 1.75 m
- In Kilograms – 75 kg
- In Pounds – 165 lbs
However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ with his advancing age.
Tracy became known after an Academy Award-winning American actor who became one of the brightest stars of Old Hollywood and was widely popular among fans due to his work . He was known for his natural performing style and versatility.
In 1930, Spencer had her first film onscreen role in the movie Humphrey Bogart in Up the River. Within this 37-year career, Tracy starred in 75 feature films and several short films.
Spencer Tracy Net worth
Spencer Tracy had an estimated net worth of $50 million at the time of his death.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Spencer Tracy
- Spencer Tracy was born on April 5, 1900 in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.
- In February 1919, Tracy achieved the rank of seaman second class, but never went to sea and was discharged.
- He was offered a scholarship to attend the school after performing a scene from one of his earlier roles.
- In June 1921, Tracy made his stage debut, playing the male lead in The Truth.
- In November 1923, he landed a small part on Broadway in the comedy A Royal Fandango, starring Ethel Barrymore.
- In 1926, Tracy was offered his third shot at Broadway: a role in a new George M. Cohan play called Yellow.
- In January 1930, Tracy was approached about a new play called The Last Mile.
- In 1935, he joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), at the time Hollywood’s most prestigious studio.
- In 1939, Tracy won his ‘Best Actor’ Oscar statue for playing the role of Father Flanagan in Boys Town (1938). Interestingly enough, the name on his golden statue is ‘Dick Tracy’.
- He is widely considered to be among the greatest movie actors of all time along with Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando.
- In 1945, Spencer returned to the stage for the first time in 15 years.
- In 1955, he turned down William Wyler’s The Desperate Hours because he refused to take second-billing to Humphrey Bogart.
- In 1999, Tracy was ranked as the 9th greatest actor on the list of ’50 Greatest Screen Legends’ by the American Film Institute.
- His performance as Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind (1960) is ranked at the 67th spot on Premiere Magazine‘s list of ‘100 Greatest Performances of All Time’ (2006).
- Spencer received a posthumous nomination for Best Actor—his ninth—at the 40th Academy Awards, along with a Golden Globe Award nomination and a BAFTA win for Best Actor.