Spencer Tracy Biography
The American public loved Spencer Tracy in his films and even after his death, he is as big as life in his movies.
Spencer Bonadventure Tracy was born on April 5, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Young Tracy didn’t like school and tried to drop out when he was sixteen years of age. His parents stepped in and made their son get an education so they enrolled him at Marquette Academy. He was seventeen years old when World War I broke out and young Tracy enlisted in the United States Navy. He spent the duration of the war in Norfolk, Virginia.
After serving in the Navy during World War I, Mr. Tracy took advantage of the veteran’s benefits and enrolled in Ripon College and took pre-med classes. He was also on the debating team and took an interest in college plays, which he found that he enjoyed.
He then went to audition at the Sargent school in New York where Tracy’s father paid for his first semester. Spencer became friends with another student, Pat O’Brien. They both roomed in a lodging house and survived on thirty dollars a month. Their meals consisted of pretzels and water because that is all they could afford.
In 1923, after studying drama, Spencer Tracy went to White Plains, New York where he worked with different acting companies and met, Louise Treadwell, whom he married. During this same year, he made his Broadway debut in a small role.
In 1930, he made his film debut in the movie "Up the River" which launched his acting career. Spencer Tracy was first cast in roles playing the tough gangster. From there, he went to the other end of the character spectrum playing priests and friends of heroes. After this, Spencer Tracy topped his career being cast as the gruff yet humorous male lead. He came into his own in the 1940’s and 1950’s, becoming one of Hollywood’s finest actors and made seventy-five movies throughout his film career. He made acting seem as natural as waking up in the morning.
The American public and Hollywood didn’t hold it against him that he was married as well as being involved with Katherine Hepburn because they did their best to be discreet. They were a popular couple on the screen and everyone wanted to see them together. Their relationship lasted for twenty-five years. After co-starring in ten films together, they made their final appearance in the movie "Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner" in 1967 shortly before Tracy’s death.
Even after his death, Spencer Tracy is as big as life in his classic movies.