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William Tracy



A professional actor since childhood, Philadelphia-born William Tracy came to Hollywood in his Broadway role as a military school "plebe" in Brother Rat (1938). Kept briefly under contract to Warner Bros, Tracy went on to play Pat O'Brien as a boy in the classic gangster saga Angels with Dirty Faces. The cherub-faced actor then went on to Hal Roach Studios, where he costarred in several "streamliners" (45 minute films, designed for double-feature bills) with Joe Sawyer. In such slick little comedies as Tanks a Million (1941), About Face (1941) and Yanks Ahoy (1942), Tracy played a rookie serviceman with a photographic memory, while Sawyer played his tough topkick. An attempt to recreate the team in 1951 with a pair of Lippert Studios quickies, As You Were! and Mister Walkie Talkie, sank without a trace. Tracy's other big-screen role of note was as Terry Lee in the serialized movie version of Milton Caniff's comic strip Terry and the Pirates (1940). William Tracy spent the remainder of his career in the '50s and '60s in small movie and TV supporting parts, save for a worthwhile costarring stint with John Russell in the popular 1955 syndicated TV adventure show Soldiers of Fortune.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Terry and the Pirates
  • Terry Lee
2000
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • Air Force Officer
1957
No Score Yet One Too Many
  • Billy Leighton
1950
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho
  • Cully Caxton
1948
No Score Yet Here Comes Trouble
  • Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1948
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here
  • Steve Eldridge
1942
No Score Yet Hay Foot
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli
  • Johnny
1942
No Score Yet Tanks a Million
  • Sgt. Ames
1941
63% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Sammy
1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road
  • Dude Lester
1941
No Score Yet Strike Up the Band
  • Phillip Turner
1940
100% The Shop Around the Corner
  • Pepi Katona
1940
No Score Yet Gallant Sons
  • `Beefy' Monrose
1940
No Score Yet Brother Rat
  • Mistol Bottom
1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Jerry as a Boy
1938

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