The story of a man's rise to prosperity, written by Preston Sturges , Tracy's performance as railroad tycoon Tom Garner received uniformly strong reviews. Tracy and Hepburn then paired together for the eighth time in the office-based comedy Desk Set As he entered his sixties, years of drinking, smoking, taking pills, and being overweight left Tracy in poor health. Retrieved August 25, Abby Mann wrote the role of Judge Haywood with Tracy in mind;  Tracy called it the best script he had ever read.
He makes it seem so easy. Certainly the best actor. Several of Tracy's films, particularly his comedies, are regarded as classics of American cinema. Barry Nelson said that Tracy brought the art of reacting to a new height;  Stanley Kramer declared that Tracy thought and listened better than anyone in the history of motion pictures.
Tracy's friend William Self is quoted as saying: When Reynolds later introduced himself to Tracy as an actor, Tracy replied, An actor, huh? But I saw him every weekend and he always came to the ranch. Archived from the original on October 5, Tracy's breakthrough came in , when his lead performance in The Last Mile caught the attention of Hollywood. Awards for Spencer Tracy.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Tracy was prone to bouts of depression and anxiety: The couple did not live together until the final years of Tracy's life,  when they shared a cottage on George Cukor's estate in Beverly Hills.
A Biography — Book review. Tracy was prone to bouts of depression and anxiety: Award-Winning Films of the s. I tried not to disturb him Tracy's friend William Self is quoted as saying:
MGM capitalized on Tracy's popularity, casting him in four movies for Retrieved March 4, Retrieved April 20, Howard Barnes of the New York Herald Tribune was not charmed by the story, but wrote that Tracy, by sheer persuasion of his acting, made the film worthy. One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age , Tracy won two Academy Awards for Best Actor , from nine nominations, sharing the record for nominations in that category with Laurence Olivier.
The picture was well received. Spencer Tracy until the day I die. An award for excellence in film acting is bestowed in Tracy's name at the University of California, Los Angeles. Woman of the Year was followed by an adaptation of John Steinbeck 's Tortilla Flat which met with a tepid response. Looking to cast the lead role of a murderer on death row , producer Herman Shumlin met with Tracy, and later recounted:
He nevertheless began to ponder retirement, with Curtis writing that he was chronically tired, unhappy, ill, and uninterested in work. Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy. I Take This Woman with Hedy Lamarr was a critical and commercial failure,  but the historical drama Northwest Passage —Tracy's first film in Technicolor —proved popular. Retrieved December 10, Pat and Mike became one of the duo's most popular and critically acclaimed films. Hepburn described in her autobiography how she followed him to the kitchen:
Judgment at Nuremberg , released at the end of , was their second feature together. The New York Times. Spencer was tense and unbending, could not, or would not, take direction.
Archived from the original on May 7, During his career, Tracy appeared in 75 films and developed a reputation among his peers as one of the screen's greatest actors. Retrieved February 12, A Profile of an Art.
Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Tracy took a year to commit to the project, in which he played an Irish-American mayor seeking re-election. Tracy and Hepburn's friends, Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon , wrote the parts specifically for the duo. The Wall Street Journal. Just remember not to ever let anyone catch you at it.
His mother was a Presbyterian from a wealthy Midwestern family, and his father was of Irish Catholic background. Tracy finally achieved some success by joining forces with the notable stock manager William H. He was humble about the recognition, saying in his acceptance speech: Archived from the original on March 5,
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Tracy finished off the s with Malaya , an adventure film with James Stewart , and Adam's Rib , a comedy with Tracy and Hepburn playing married lawyers who oppose each other in court. Tracy was devastated by the news  and felt a lifelong guilt over his son's deafness. Retrieved October 16, I [just] don't think he ever said anything. Archived from the original on November 18,