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Tracy, Spencerlocked

(05 April 1900–10 June 1967)
  • Bruce J. Evensen

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Tracy, Spencer (05 April 1900–10 June 1967), actor, was born Spencer Bonaventure Tracy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of John Edward Tracy, the general sales manager of the Sterling Motor Truck Company, and Caroline Brown. Known for his professionalism, naturalness, and powers of concentration as an Tracy lacked self-discipline and direction in his childhood and adolescence. Truant and often expelled from school for fighting, he shunned the middle-class setting of his family’s Prospect Avenue home and ran with the poorer Irish of South Milwaukee. As a teen, Tracy acted out plays he had written for a basement theater in his parents’ second home in West Milwaukee. Older brother Carroll would break up the inevitable fights when fellow actors and young patrons complained about the quality of the scripts....

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