Authentic Wisconsin.  Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy was born on April 5, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Spencer Tracy - Actor; born April 5, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's reported that Spencer Tracy was a difficult child with poor school attendance. Raised as a Catholic, at nine years old he was placed in the care of Dominican nuns in the hope of transforming his behavior. Later in life he remarked, "I never would have gone back to school if there had been any other way of learning to read the subtitles in the movies."

Tracy attended St. Rosa's Parochial School and West Side High School (later West Division Sr. High School. The original building was replaced in the 1950s with the building that is now home to Milwaukee High School of the Arts.) both in Milwaukee; Marquette Academy (n/k/a Marquette University High School), a private, all-male, Jesuit, Roman Catholic school in Milwaukee where Tracy attended with Pat O'Brien, his lifelong friend and fellow actor; Northwestern Military Academy in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; and Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, for three semesters where he reportedly first discovered his talent for acting.

One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, Tracy won two Academy Awards for Best Actor from nine nominations. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Manuel Fidello in Captain's Couragous (1938) and, he won Best Actor again in 1939 for his role of Father Flanagan in Boy's Town.

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Spencer Tracy in the 1936 movie Fury, his first major hit.

Above: Spencer Tracy in Fritz Lang's Fury (1936), his first major hit.

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year.

Above: Lobby card for Woman of the Year (1942), the first of nine pictures Tracy made with Katharine Hepburn.

Spencer Tracy in a publicity still for Captains Courageous.

Above: Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew in publicity still for the movie Captains Courageous (1937).

Above: Film biography of Spencer Tracy aired in 1999.

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