October 3, 1952 (age 34)
National Lampoon's Class Reunion, Say Yes
November 27, 1986 (aged 34) Tampa, Florida
Lucy Lee Flippin, Alison Arngrim, Ketty Lester
Steve tracy in james at 16 1978
- Steve tracy in james at 16 1978
- Steve TRACY tribute
- Life and education
Steve TRACY tribute
Life and education
He was born as Steven Crumrine into a Jewish family. He attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and the Theatre Department at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California, as well as the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop.
Tracy is best known for his recurring role as Percival Dalton in the television series Little House on the Prairie in the early 1980s.
After the end of the series, Tracy maintained a friendship with his on-screen wife Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson). Arngrim and Tracy were very close while filming on the set. During the series, there were rumors that he and Arngrim were having a love affair, but Arngrim says that was untrue. Arngrim has also stated that she was the only one on the set of who knew that Tracy was gay.
He appeared in several films and other television programs from 1977 to 1986, including Quincy, M.E., The Jeffersons, and National Lampoon's Class Reunion. Six months before his death, he performed in the theater piece AIDS/US: Portraits in Personal Courage in Los Angeles. The piece featured true stories of having AIDS or losing family members to AIDS, with half the cast being heterosexual, at a time when AIDS still was stereotyped as affecting only gay men. Tracy was the only professional actor in the production, as all other participants were non-actors telling their stories on stage because "they wanted to say something." When the play closed in August 1986, the closure was intended to be a hiatus to allow the cast to grieve the death of a cast member and cope with the deteriorating health of two others
Tracy died of AIDS-related complications in 1986, after which Arngrim became involved in AIDS activism. His ashes were scattered under the Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, under the letter "D".