Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was born on 5 th April 1900 in Wisconsin, USA. The son of a truck salesman, he left school to join the navy at the start of the Second World War. After his spell in the navy, he and fellow navy colleague Pat O’Brien went to New York and shared a room, whilst trying to get their acting careers off the ground. They attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and both got non-speaking roles as robots in 1923 production ‘R.U.R’.
Whilst taking on bit parts, Tracy worked in a variety of menial positions in order to support himself between acting jobs. His first lead role came in 1932, in the movie ‘The Last Mile’. Here, he was seen by John Ford, and was quickly signed up by Fox for the movie, ‘Up the River’. By 1935, Spencer and his family had moved to Hollywood, and Spencer had notched up an impressive sixteen movies in a relatively short space of time.He now went on to sign with big name moviemakers, MGM. Here, he made a wide range of well-known movies and received nominations and awards for his performances. His relationships included big names such as Loretta Young and Katharine Hepburn. His movies included, ‘Boys’ Town’, ‘Father of the Bride’, ‘San Francisco’, and ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ which was to be his final movie. He died shortly after this movie was completed from a heart attack on 10 th June 1967.
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