SPENCER TRACY

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Spencer Tracy

Signature on Autograph Album Page - 1936

Autograph in pencil on album page, signed by Spencer Tracy while he was filming San Francisco with Clark Gable for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1936, for which Tracy was nominated for an Academy Award. From the collection of another actor of the same period.

SPENCER TRACY (1900-1967) was an American actor of stage and screen, who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967. He is generally regarded as one of the finest and most versatile actors in motion picture history. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Tracy among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 9th on the list. He was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor in all.

In 1935 Tracy signed with Metro Goldwyn Mayer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor two years in a row, for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

He was also nominated for San Francisco (1936), 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 posthumously for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Tracy and Laurence Olivier share the record in the number of their nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Tracy's reputation for versatility and naturalness are based on the twenty years (1935-1967) he acted at Metro Goldwyn Mayer and for the subsequent dozen years when he was an independent actor. Yet the twenty-five films he made prior to his move to MGM are notable in that they demonstrate the range and diversity of characters he would continue to deliver through his career.

 

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