Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

Highest Rated: 100% Desk Set (1957)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Sea of Grass (1947)

Birthday: Apr 05, 1900

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Spencer Tracy's on-screen style - seamless naturalism and subtle inflections - proved the ticket to stardom. A Tracy performance was always more than just action; there was always an undercurrent of mental activity beneath the surface. Tracy's seemingly effortless approach earned him the respect of his peers, helping him to become one of the most distinguished and venerated actors of his generation.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
70% 85% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Matt Drayton (Character) - 1967
70% 83% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Capt. T.G. Culpeper (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Narrator - 1962
80% 57% The Devil at 4 O'Clock Father Matthew Doonan (Character) - 1961
91% 93% Judgment at Nuremberg Chief Judge Dan Haywood (Character) - 1961
92% 91% Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond (Character) - 1960
78% 67% The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man (Character) - 1958
86% 82% The Last Hurrah Mayor Frank Skeffington (Character) - 1958
100% 83% Desk Set Richard Sumner (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 58% The Mountain Zachary Teller (Character) - 1956
97% 88% Bad Day at Black Rock John J. Macreedy (Character) - 1955
92% 60% Broken Lance Matt Devereaux (Character) - 1954
60% 47% The Actress Clinton Jones (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 38% Plymouth Adventure Capt. Christopher Jones (Character) - 1952
85% 68% Pat and Mike Mike Conovan (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 31% The People Against O'Hara James P. Curtayne (Character) - 1951
100% 61% Father's Little Dividend Stanley Banks (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 43% Malaya Carnahan (Character) - 1950
90% 74% Father of the Bride Stanley T. Banks (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 42% Edward, My Son Arnold Boult (Character) - 1949
96% 86% Adam's Rib Adam Bonner (Character) - 1949
80% 78% State of the Union Grant Matthews (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 60% Cass Timberlane Cass Timberlane (Character) - 1947
14% 35% The Sea of Grass Col. James B. "Jim" Brewton (Character) - 1947
83% 67% Without Love Pat Jamieson (Character) - 1945
100% 75% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle (Character) - 1944
100% 70% The Seventh Cross George Heisler (Character) - 1944
67% 72% A Guy Named Joe Pete Sandidge (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 64% Keeper of the Flame Steven "Stevie" O'Malley (Character) - 1942
89% 80% Woman of the Year Sam Craig (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 44% Tortilla Flat Pilon (Character) - 1942
40% 65% Men of Boys Town Father Flanagan (Character) - 1941
67% 61% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 66% Boom Town Square John Sand (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 24% I Take This Woman Dr. Karl Decker (Character) - 1940
80% 63% Edison, the Man Thomas A. Edison (Character) - 1940
100% 69% Northwest Passage Maj. Robert Rogers (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 50% Stanley and Livingstone Henry M. Stanley (Character) - 1939
75% 69% Test Pilot Gunner Morris (Character) - 1938
90% 81% Boys Town Father Edward J. Flanagan (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skyscraper Wilderness Joe Benton (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 25% They Gave Him a Gun Fred P. Willis (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 71% The Big City Joe Benton (Character) - 1937
94% 89% Captains Courageous Manuel Fidello (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 59% Mannequin John L. Hennessey (Character) - 1937
86% 88% Libeled Lady Warren Haggerty (Character) - 1936
100% 88% Fury Joe Wilson (Character) - 1936
100% 70% San Francisco Father Mullin (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 46% Riffraff Dutch (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 40% Dante's Inferno Jim Carter (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Murder Man Steven "Steve" Grey (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Small World Bill Shevlin (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 31% Whipsaw Ross `'Mac'` McBride (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Now I'll Tell Murray Golden (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 59% The Show Off J. Aubrey Piper (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 20% Marie Galante Dr. Crawbett (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bottoms Up "Smoothie" King (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 62% 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Tommy Connors (Character) - 1933
71% 75% A Man's Castle Bill (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Face in the Sky Joe Buck (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for Trouble Joe Graham (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mad Game Edward Carson (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 60% The Power and the Glory Tom Garner (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 44% Young America Jack Doray (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 58% Me and My Gal Danny Dolan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Painted Woman Tom Brian (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sky Devils Wilkie (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 60% She Wanted a Millionaire William Kelley (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldie Bill (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 40% Quick Millions Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 17% Up the River Saint Louis (Character) - 1930

QUOTES FROM Spencer Tracy CHARACTERS

Hornbeck says: Mr. Brady, it is the duty of a newspaper to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Hornbeck says: Sit down, Samson, you’re about to get a haircut.

Hornbeck says: Sit down, Samson, you're about to get a haircut.

Henry Drummond says: I don’t swear for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. We’ve got to use all the words we’ve got. Besides, there are damn few words anybody understands.

Henry Drummond says: I don't swear for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. We've got to use all the words we've got. Besides, there are damn few words anybody understands.

Matthew Harrison Brady says: I have been to their cities and I have seen the altars upon which they sacrifice the futures of their children to the gods of science. And what are their rewards? Confusion and self-destruction. New ways to kill each other in wars. I tell you gentlemen the way of science is the way of darkness.

Hornbeck says: Mr. Brady, it is the duty of a newspaper to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Hornbeck says: Sit down, Samson, you’re about to get a haircut.

Hornbeck says: Sit down, Samson, you're about to get a haircut.

Henry Drummond says: I don’t swear for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. We’ve got to use all the words we’ve got. Besides, there are damn few words anybody understands.

Henry Drummond says: I don't swear for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. We've got to use all the words we've got. Besides, there are damn few words anybody understands.

Henry Drummond says: An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Henry Drummond says: An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man's knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Matthew Harrison Brady says: I do not think about things I don't think about.

Henry Drummond says: Do you ever think about things that you do think about?

Henry Drummond says: Suppose God whispered into a Bertram Cate’s ear that an un-Brady thought could still be holy? Must men go to jail because they find themselves at odds with a self-appointed prophet?

Henry Drummond says: Suppose God whispered into a Bertram Cate's ear that an un-Brady thought could still be holy? Must men go to jail because they find themselves at odds with a self-appointed prophet?

Hornbeck says: Well, We’re growing a strange crop of agnostics this year.

Hornbeck says: Well, We're growing a strange crop of agnostics this year.

Henry Drummond says: An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Henry Drummond says: An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of mans knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Matthew Harrison Brady says: I do not think about things I don't think about.

Henry Drummond says: Do you ever think about things that you do think about?

Henry Drummond says: An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Henry Drummond says: An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man's knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Henry Drummond says: An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Matt Drayton says: You're a pontificating old poop!

Col. Tad Lawson says: "The hare was shot by the hunter in the field." It's really quite simple.

Col. Tad Lawson says: 'The hare was shot by the hunter in the field.' It's really quite simple.

Capt. Harrison Byers says: Colonel, I think we ought to be going.

Judge Dan Haywood says: Yes, we really shouldn't be discussing this.

Col. Tad Lawson says: No, Judge. We're fair Americans, and true-blue. We mustn't do anything that's out of order.

Mme. Bertholt says: You see, I have a mission with the Americans, as Mr. Perkins can tell you.

Judge Dan Haywood says: What is that?

Mme. Bertholt says: To convince you that we're not all monsters.

Judge Dan Haywood says: Janning, to be sure, is a tragic figure. We believe he loathed the evil he did. But compassion for the present torture of his soul must not beget forgetfulness of the torture and death of millions by the government of which he was a part. Janning's record and his fate illuminate the most shattering truth that has emerged from this trial. If he and the other defendants were all depraved perverts â?? if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs â?? these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men â?? even able and extraordinary men â?? can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination. No one who has sat through this trial can ever forget. The sterilization of men because of their political beliefs... The murder of children... How easily that can happen! There are those in our country today, too, who speak of the 'protection' of the country. Of 'survival'. The answer to that is: 'survival as what?' A country isn't a rock. And it isn't an extension of one's self. It's what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult! Before the people of the world â?? let it now be noted in our decision here that this is what we stand for: justice, truth... and the value of a single human being!

Judge Dan Haywood says: Janning, to be sure, is a tragic figure. We believe he loathed the evil he did. But compassion for the present torture of his soul must not beget forgetfulness of the torture and death of millions by the government of which he was a part. Janning's record and his fate illuminate the most shattering truth that has emerged from this trial. If he and the other defendants were all depraved perverts â?? if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men even able and extraordinary men can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination. No one who has sat through this trial can ever forget. The sterilization of men because of their political beliefs... The murder of children... How easily that can happen! There are those in our country today, too, who speak of the 'protection' of the country. Of 'survival'. The answer to that is: 'survival as what?' A country isn't a rock. And it isn't an extension of one's self. It's what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult! Before the people of the world â?? let it now be noted in our decision here that this is what we stand for: justice, truth... and the value of a single human being!

Judge Dan Haywood says: Janning, to be sure, is a tragic figure. We believe he loathed the evil he did. But compassion for the present torture of his soul must not beget forgetfulness of the torture and death of millions by the government of which he was a part. Janning's record and his fate illuminate the most shattering truth that has emerged from this trial. If he and the other defendants were all depraved perverts �¢?? if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men even able and extraordinary men can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination. No one who has sat through this trial can ever forget. The sterilization of men because of their political beliefs... The murder of children... How easily that can happen! There are those in our country today, too, who speak of the 'protection' of the country. Of 'survival'. The answer to that is: 'survival as what?' A country isn't a rock. And it isn't an extension of one's self. It's what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult! Before the people of the world let it now be noted in our decision here that this is what we stand for: justice, truth... and the value of a single human being!

Judge Dan Haywood says: Janning, to be sure, is a tragic figure. We believe he loathed the evil he did. But compassion for the present torture of his soul must not beget forgetfulness of the torture and death of millions by the government of which he was a part. Janning's record and his fate illuminate the most shattering truth that has emerged from this trial. If he and the other defendants were all depraved perverts if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men even able and extraordinary men can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination. No one who has sat through this trial can ever forget. The sterilization of men because of their political beliefs... The murder of children... How easily that can happen! There are those in our country today, too, who speak of the 'protection' of the country. Of 'survival'. The answer to that is: 'survival as what?' A country isn't a rock. And it isn't an extension of one's self. It's what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult! Before the people of the world let it now be noted in our decision here that this is what we stand for: justice, truth... and the value of a single human being!

Ernst Janning says: My counsel would have you believe that we were not aware of the extermination of millions. That we were only aware of the extermination of the hundreds. Does that make us any the less guilty? Maybe we didn't know the details. But if we didn't know, it was because we did not want to know.

Emil Hahn says: Traitor! Traitor!

Judge Dan Haywood says: Order, order! Put that man back in his seat and keep him there!

Ernst Janning says: am going to tell the truth if the whole world conspires against it. I am going to tell them the truth about their Ministry of Justice. Werner Lampe â?? an old man who cries into his Bible now. An old man who profited from the property expropriation of every man he sent to a concentration camp. Friedrich Hofstetter â?? the butcher who knew how to take orders, who sent men before him to be sterilized like so many digits. Emil Hahn â?? the decayed, corrupt bigot, obsessed by the evil within himself. And Ernst Janning â?? worse than any of them, because he knew what they were, and he went along with them. Ernst Janning â?? who made his life...excrement... because he walked with them.

Ernst Janning says: I am going to tell the truth if the whole world conspires against it. I am going to tell them the truth about their Ministry of Justice. Werner Lampe an old man who cries into his Bible now. An old man who profited from the property expropriation of every man he sent to a concentration camp. Friedrich Hofstetter â?? the butcher who knew how to take orders, who sent men before him to be sterilized like so many digits. Emil Hahn the decayed, corrupt bigot, obsessed by the evil within himself. And Ernst Janning worse than any of them, because he knew what they were, and he went along with them. Ernst Janning who made his life...excrement... because he walked with them.

Ernst Janning says: Judge Haywood... the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people... I never knew it would come to that. You must believe it, you must believe it!

Judge Dan Haywood says: Herr Janning, it "came to that" the first time you sentenced a man to death you knew to be innocent.

Judge Dan Haywood says: Herr Janning, it 'came to that' the first time you sentenced a man to death you knew to be innocent.

Hans Rolfe says: I'll make you a wager...

Judge Dan Haywood says: I don't make wagers.

Hans Rolfe says: A gentleman's wager... in five years, the men you sentenced to life imprisonment will be free.

Judge Dan Haywood says: Herr Rolfe, I have admired your work in the court for many months. You are particularly brilliant in your use of logic. So, what you suggest may very well happen. It is logical, in view of the times in which we live. But to be logical is not to be right, and nothing on God's earth could ever make it right!

Capt. Harrison Byers says: I trust you'll be comfortable in this room, sir.

Judge Dan Haywood says: Captain, I have no doubt that the entire state of Maine would be comfortable in this room!

Harvey Allen says: What'll we use for a headline?

Warren Haggerty says: I don't care. Anything. "War threatens Europe!"

Warren Haggerty says: I don't care. Anything. 'War threatens Europe!'

Harvey Allen says: Which country?

Warren Haggerty says: Flip a nickel!

Warren Haggerty says: She may be his wife, but she's engaged to me!

Coley Trimble says: You're a yellow-bellied Jap lover! Am I right or wrong?

John J. Macreedy says: You're not only wrong, you're wrong at the top of your voice.

Narrator says: The west was won by its pioneers, settlers, adventurers is long gone now. Yet it is theirs forever, for they left tracks in history that will never be eroded by wind or rain - never plowed under by tractors, never buried in compost of events. Out of the hard simplicity of their lives, out of their vitality, of their hopes and sorrows grew legends of courage and pride to inspire their children and their children's children. From soil enriched by their blood, out of their fever to explore and be, came lakes where once there were burning deserts - came the goods of the earth; mine and wheat fields, orchards and great lumber mills. All the sinews of a growing country. Out of their rude settlements, their trading posts came cities to rank among the great ones of the world. All the heritage of a people free to dream, free to act, free to mold their own destiny.

Capt. C.G. Culpepper says: Billie Sue? Billie Sue where are you?

Billie Sue says: I'm at the bus station.

Capt. C.G. Culpepper says: Sweetheart what are you doing at the bus station?

Billie Sue says: I'm waiting for the bus!

Pilon says: "Lover and wine are similar in that too much of one can leave a man sick"

Pilon says: Love and wine are similar in that too much of one can leave a man sick.

Sam Craig says: Women should be kept illiterate and clean, like canaries.

Mike Conovan says: Not much meat on her, but what's there is choice.

Father Flanagan says: There is no bad boy.