Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 10 Jun 1967 (aged 67)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Freedom section, Garden of Everlasting Peace, Map #G30, Distinguished Memorial - Private Garden 8 (aka The Little Garden of Divine Guidance), immediately to the right as you enter.
Memorial ID 1040 · View Source
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American Actor. Tracy, considered one of Hollywood's greatest actors, was nominated for an Academy Award nine times in his career, winning in 1937 for his portrayal of a Portuguese fisherman in 'Captains Courageous', and the following year, winning again for his role as Rev. Edward J. Flanagan in 'Boys Town', becoming the first person to win back-to-back Best Actor awards. A boyhood marked by truancy and fighting, he dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Navy during World War I, but never saw action. Later, he finished high school and entered Ripon College in Wisconsin, where one of his professors steered him towards acting. In 1922, he transferred to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and shared a furnished room with a boyhood friend, actor Pat O'Brien. Tracy landed roles in local theater productions before working his way onto the Broadway stage. In 1930, he appeared in his first film 'The Strong Arm' and would go on to appear in over 75 films in a career that spanned four decades. His nine Academy Award nominations were for 'San Francisco' (1937), 'Captains Courageous' (1938, won), 'Boys Town' (1939, won), 'Father of the Bride' (1951), 'Bad Day at Black Rock' (1956), 'The Old Man and the Sea' (1959), 'Inherit the Wind' (1961), 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (1962) and a posthumous nomination for 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' (1968). Tracy co-starred in eight films with Katharine Hepburn in 'Woman of the Year' (1942), 'Keeper of the Flame' (1943), 'Without Love' (1945), 'The Sea of Grass' (1947), 'State of the Union' (1948), 'Adam's Rib' (1949), 'Pat and Mike' (1952) and 'Desk Set' (1957). He was in a relationship with Hepburn, from 1941 until his death in 1967, although he was married, but separated from his wife Louise. For his contributions to the film industry, Tracy was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is listed at number nine on the American Film Institute's list of greatest actors of all time, has an award for excellence bestowed in his name by the University of California, Los Angeles, and was featured on the U.S. Postal Service's series of stamps of America's Greatest Actors.

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