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Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy
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Birth nameSpencer Bonaventure Tracy
Birth dateApril 5, 1900
Place of birthMilwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Date of deathJune 10, 1967(age 67)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S. Interred: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Years active1922 67
SpouseLouise Treadwell (1923-67)
PartnerKatharine Hepburn

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Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 June 10, 1967) was an American theatrical and film actor, who appeared in 75 films from 1930 to 1967. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Tracy ninth among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. He was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor in all, winning two consecutively in 1937 and 1938, being one of only two actors to do so along with Tom Hanks .

While in college, Tracy decided on acting as a career. He studied acting in New York and appeared in a number of Broadway plays, finally achieving success in the 1930 hit The Last Mile. Director John Ford was impressed by his performance and cast him in Up the River with Humphrey Bogart. Fox Film Corporation signed him to a long term contract, but after five years of mostly undistinguished films, he joined the most prestigious movie studio of the time, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where his career flourished. He won back-to-back Academy Awards for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

In 1942, he co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year. The teaming lasted for decades, both on-screen and off. The couple fell in love and proceeded to make eight more films together, ending in 1967's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, which was completed shortly before his death.

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