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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.
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. They fell in love and maintained an affair that lasted for decades. (Tracy was already married and, as a Catholic, would not consider divorce despite affairs with actresses like Loretta Young, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Ingrid Bergman and Gene Tierney.) One of the greatest of cinematic couples, they made 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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|The Power and the Glory||Tom Garner||1933|
|Bottoms Up||'Smoothie' King||1934|
|The Murder Man||Steven 'Steve' Grey||1935|
|Boom Town||Square John Sand||1940|
|Men of Boys Town||Father Flanagan||1941|
|Woman of the Year||Sam Craig||1942|
|Keeper of the Flame||Stevie O'Malley||1942|
|The Seventh Cross||George Heisler||1944|
|Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo||Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle||1944|
|State of the Union||Grant Matthews||1948|
|Edward, My Son||Arnold Boult||1949|
|The Actress||Clinton Jones||1953|
|Broken Lance||Matt Devereaux||1954|
|Bad Day at Black Rock||John J. Macreedy||1955|
|The Last Hurrah||Frank Skeffington||1958|
|The Old Man and the Sea||The Old Man||1958|
|Inherit the Wind||Henry Drummond||1960|
|Judgment at Nuremberg||Chief Judge Dan Haywood||1961|
|It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World||Capt. C. G. Culpepper||1963|