Spencer Tracy

D.O.B: Apr 05, 1900 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat OBrien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I.

Biography

Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat OBrien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war. At Ripon College he did well in the lead of The Truth and decided on acting as a career. In New York he roomed with OBrien while they attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1923 they both got nonspeaking parts as robots in R.U.R. In stock he supported himself with jobs as bellhop, janitor and salesman. John Ford saw his critically acclaimed performance in the lead role in in The Last Mile (1932) and signed him to Up the River (1930) for Fox. Despite appearing in 16 films there over the next 5 years, Tracy never achieved star status there (during his stint the studio had floundered and was absorbed into Darryl F. Zanucks 20th Century Pictures).