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Sean Peters | 9517 comments Mod
Again well respected and well regarded leading and great supporting actor.

April 5, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Died: June 10, 1967 (age 67) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

In films from 1930 to 1967.

Sadly died young due to his heavy drinking.

Often wore a lopsided fedora hat in his films
Blocky shoulders
Plain, everyman looks
Raspy but strong voice
Relatable characters who must change their way of thinking.

In October 1997 he was ranked #64 in "Empire" (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

In 1956/57 when his longtime friend Humphrey Bogart was dying of cancer, Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were two of the few people who visited Bogie (and wife Lauren Bacall) at their home on an almost daily basis. They would sit together at Bogie's bedside for half an hour or so every evening in the months and weeks leading up to his death. After Bogie's death, Bacall requested that Tracy deliver the eulogy at the funeral. He apologetically declined, saying it would simply be too difficult for him. He felt he would be too emotional and wouldn't be able to do it. Bacall understood and director John Huston delivered the eulogy instead.

Tracy was offered the role of The Penguin in the TV series Batman (1966) before Burgess Meredith. He said he would only accept the role if he was allowed to kill Batman.

Died only 17 days after filming of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) had been completed.

Made nine films with beloved Katharine Hepburn, the first of which was Woman of the Year (1942). The last was Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

He was voted the 15th Greatest Movie Star of all time by "Entertainment Weekly".

He is often mentioned alongside Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando as the greatest movie actor of all time. Unlike the other two, however, Tracy was not already successful and well-known as a stage actor before getting into films.

Katharine Hepburn, his frequent screen partner and longtime flame, never watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) because it was his last film and watching it with him gone was too painful for her.

Has three films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Captains Courageous (1937) at #94, Boys Town (1938) at #81 and _Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)_ at #35.

Was supposed to star in Ten North Frederick (1958), but had to withdraw due to poor health and was replaced by Gary Cooper.

Turned down Cary Grant's role in The Philadelphia Story (1940) because he was eager to make Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941).

He was sought for Fredric March's role in The Desperate Hours (1955) opposite Humphrey Bogart, but would not take second billing.

He was supposed to appear in Cheyenne Autumn (1964) and The Cincinnati Kid (1965), but suffered a severe heart attack in 1963. Edward G. Robinson replaced him in both movies.

Was seriously ill with emphysema as well as diabetes when he made his final film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

He was making a cup of coffee on the morning of 10 June 1967 when he suffered a sudden heart attack. Katharine Hepburn found him dead on the kitchen floor.

Along with Laurence Olivier, he is one of only two actors to receive nine nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for San Francisco (1936), Captains Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938), Father of the Bride (1950), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), The Old Man and the Sea (1958), _Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). He won the award for both Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

Got along very well James Cagney, Frank McHugh and Pat O'Brien. Together, they were known in Hollywood as the "Irish Mafia.".

Spencer Tracy was admired by fellow actor Richard Widmark, who liked Tracy's acting style.

Many great roles, my favourites

Boys Town
Guess Who's Coming For Dinner
The Old Man and The Sea
Captains Courageous
Broken Lance
Judgement at Nuremberg

One of the greatest.

message 2: by W (last edited Feb 26, 2020 03:07PM) (new)

W | 37 comments It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,a favorite film of mine,and he was great in it,too.
Remember him in Father of the Bride,too,with Liz Taylor,though didn't like the film.
The Old Man and the Sea,among my least favorite films.

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