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Jeff Tracy

 

Jeff Tracy
Tracy Patriarch and Head of International Rescue, Jeff Tracy

Jeff Tracy is a multi-billionaire businessman and father to five sons. He is also the head of International Rescue, which is manned by his sons, their engineer Brains and Tin-Tin Kyrano. He lives on Tracy Island and is a widower. Jeff was voiced by actor Peter Dyneley.

Here is a table of Canon Foundry facts about Jeff Tracy:


 

From the TV Series and the Movies (Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6):

The Canon FactThe Source
Jeff was one of the first men to land on the Moon.Kyrano says this in the episode “Trapped in the Sky”
He enjoys occasional games of tennis with his sons.Comment from Virgil in the episode “ The Uninvited”
Jeff wears glasses for reading.Seen in the episodes “The Uninvited,” “The Impostors,” “Danger at Ocean Deep,” “Give or Take a Million”
Jeff quotes the ‘code of International Rescue’ as “Not to give up at any cost.”Jeff says this to Alan in the episode “Move and You're Dead”
Interested in funding business enterprises; interested in new technology.Seen in the episode “Brink of Disaster”
Jeff cares deeply for his sons.From Jeff's reaction to Virgil's predicament in the episode “Terror in New York City” and his reaction to contact being lost with Scott in the episode “The Uninvited” (contributed by Christine Davis)
Jeff has contacts in Washington (presumably Washington, D.C. Military contacts).Jeff knows who to call when the U.S. Navy ship “Sentinel” is firing missiles at Thunderbird Two, saying to Scott “I've been on to Washington, let's hope they can stop this senseless attack.” in Terror in New York City (contributed by Christine Davis)
Jeff maintains strict military-style discipline with his sons.The edible transmitter incident in the episode “Day of Disaster” and Jeff's behavior in the episode “Security Hazard”
Jeff was in the US Air Force and is still in touch with some of his former colleagues (e.g. Tim Casey).From the episode “Edge of Impact”
Jeff sometimes smokes cigars.From the episode “Edge of Impact”
Jeff is right-handed.Holding pen in right hand in the episode “Danger at Ocean Deep”
Jeff drinks whiskey on the rocks.In the office of Wilbur Dandridge III in the episode “The Duchess Assignment”
Jeff sometimes smokes cigarettes.In the office of Wilbur Dandridge III in the episode “The Duchess Assignment” (contributed by Christine Davis)
Appreciates art.With Penelope in the episode “The Duchess Assignment” and reading an art magazine in the episode “Danger at Ocean Deep”
Possible relationship with Lady Penelope.Lady Penelope takes Jeff to her ranch in Bonga Bonga in the episode “Atlantic Inferno”; also referenced in publication: Olivier, Jenny (2000), Lady Penelope's Secrets. Carlton Books Limited. p. 80. “...Jeff has become so much more than a boss to me.”
A workaholic by nature, Jeff never considers taking time away from his business and finds it hard to delegate control of International Rescue.Seen in the episode “Atlantic Inferno”
His sons call him 'Father,' occasionally 'Dad' and 'Sir' when responding to commands.Seen in multiple episodes
Jeff's hair is salt-and-pepper colored (gray/dark, indicating he had dark hair in his younger years.Seen in multiple episodes
Jeff's eyes are dark gray.Seen in multiple episodes; very noticeable in some scenes from the episode “The Duchess Assignment” (contributed by Chris Davis)
Plays pool.With Scott and Virgil in the movie Thunderbirds Are Go
Other Sources:
The Canon FactThe Source
Age 56; birthdate 2nd January (no year given).Thunderbird Six Press facts sheet (1967)
Jeff takes two sugars in tea, “but is more of a coffee man.”Introducing Thunderbirds (MA103) , Century 21 EP mini-album, September, 1965
Jeff regards Tin Tin as the daughter he always wanted.Theydon, John (1966), Calling Thunderbirds. Titan Books Ltd. p.18. ISBN 1-85286-161-4
Jeff pilots Thunderbird Two on a rescue.Jennison, John W. (1966), Operation Asteroids . World Distributors (Manchester) Limited. p.114.
Jeff's full first name is Jefferson.Referred to as such by the Hood in: Theydon, John (1966), Thunderbirds . Mayfair Books Ltd. p. 31; Theydon, John (1966), Calling Thunderbirds. Titan Books Ltd. p. 17 ISBN 1-85286-161-4; Jennison, John W. (1966), Operation Asteroids. World Distributors (Manchester) Limited. p. 33; Jennison, John W. (1966), Lost World. World Distributors (Manchester) Limited. p.64.
Son of a combine harvester driver on a Kansas wheat farm.(1966), Thunderbirds Annual. City Magazines Ltd. p. 10.
Colonel in the United States Air Force, then moved to “space agency projects”(1966), Thunderbirds Annual. City Magazines Ltd. p. 10.
Wife (unnamed) died prematurely (cause not given) leaving him to raise five sons.(1966), Thunderbirds Annual. City Magazines Ltd. p. 10.
Made his fortune in civil & construction engineering – one of the richest men in the world.(1966), Thunderbirds Annual. City Magazines Ltd. p. 10.
His humanity led him to found International Rescue.(1966), Thunderbirds Annual. City Magazines Ltd. p. 10.
Intelligent, witty with a sense of humor, but can be stern & decisive.(1966), Thunderbirds Annual. City Magazines Ltd. p. 10.
Jeff got the idea for IR after reading a newspaper article which named him as the richest man in the world, while the headline talked about an accident where hundreds had died because they could not be rescued in time.J. Rosenthal (Toys) Ltd., Century 21 House, "The Secrets of Tracy Island,"  TV21 Spring Extra: The Secrets of Tracy Island , pp. 10-11.
The large size of the letters in Jeff’s writing reveals that he is outspoken, confident and concerned with matters of importance. Always calm in a crisis. Has the respect of his sons – does not need to bully them but remains sympathetic, sensible and sincere. Serious and dedicated, with the imagination that led him to found IR.(1967), “Graphology - The Tracys Write Character,” Lady Penelope Annual . Century 21 Publishing Ltd. pp. 36-37.
Jeff did his astronaut training at Cape Kennedy."Alan Tracy Profile,"  Thunderbirds Holiday Special ,1971, Polystyle Ltd. p.2.
Date of birth 2nd Jan 1970.de Klerk, Theo, “Thunderbirds All Series Guide,” Supermarionation is Go #10, Spring 1984.
At the height of his career (Jeff’s) wife died, whilst giving birth to Alan, the youngest of his five sons.de Klerk, Theo, “Thunderbirds All Series Guide,” Supermarionation is Go #10, Spring 1984.
Was one of the youngest colonels in USAF before transferring to the Space Agency.Peel, John (1986), The Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Files, Volume One: International Rescue . Psi Fi Movie Press, Inc. p. 53.
Wife (unnamed) died “shortly after the birth of his fifth son Alan.”Peel, John (1986), The Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Files, Volume One: International Rescue . Psi Fi Movie Press, Inc. p. 53.
Was rated as one of the three richest men in the world when he founded IR.Peel, John (1986), The Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Files, Volume One: International Rescue . Psi Fi Movie Press, Inc. p. 53.
Enjoys flying and will pilot one of the TB craft himself if the need arises.Peel, John (1986), The Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Files, Volume One: International Rescue . Psi Fi Movie Press, Inc. p. 53.
Jeff owns a luxury yacht named after his late wife Lucille.Fennell, Alan, Editor, “”This is Tracy Island,” Thunderbirds The Comic , December 28 th 1991 – January 10 th 1992, Fleetway Editions, Ltd. p. 11.
His (unnamed) wife died giving birth to Alan.Marriott, John (1992), Thunderbirds Are Go! . Boxtree Limited. p. 16.
Describes him as a workaholic, obsessive personality, entrepreneurial, with genuine feeling for his fellow man.Marriott, John (1992), Thunderbirds Are Go! . Boxtree Limited. p. 18.
Date of birth given as 2 Jan 1970.Marriott, John (1992), Thunderbirds Are Go! . Boxtree Limited. p. 18.
“Wife, Lucille, died prematurely.”(1992), The Official Thunderbirds Annual . Grandreams, Ltd./ITC Entertainment Group. p. 14. ISBN 0-86227-953-4.
Born 1970, joining USAF in 1990 and starting astronaut training in 1992. His marriage to Lucille takes place the same year.(1992), The Official Thunderbirds Annual . Grandreams, Ltd./ITC Entertainment Group. pp. 6-7. ISBN 0-86227-953-4.
1999 he transfers to the World Space Agency, and sets up a small space hardware construction business.(1992), The Official Thunderbirds Annual . Grandreams, Ltd./ITC Entertainment Group. pp. 6-7. ISBN 0-86227-953-4.
2000 he visits the moon.(1992), The Official Thunderbirds Annual . Grandreams, Ltd./ITC Entertainment Group. pp. 6-7. ISBN 0-86227-953-4.
Death of Lucille 2005 (same year as Alan’s birth, though this not stated directly as the cause).(1992), The Official Thunderbirds Annual . Grandreams, Ltd./ITC Entertainment Group. pp. 6-7. ISBN 0-86227-953-4.
2022 Jeff suffers breakdown, told to rest. Decides to travel. (1992), The Official Thunderbirds Annual . Grandreams, Ltd./ITC Entertainment Group. p. 9. ISBN 0-86227-953-4.
2023 Involved in a mutiny and the sinking of a liner and is presumed lost in the Pacific, but found by Scott and Gordon. Decides to set up IR(1992), The Official Thunderbirds Annual . Grandreams, Ltd./ITC Entertainment Group. pp. 8-9. ISBN 0-86227-953-4.
Jeff’s career as an astronaut is with the World Space Administration.Fennell, Alan, “Part 1 – Towards the Future,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #35, February 6 th – 19 th , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 11.
Jeff’s businesses: “With World Space Administration's help, Jeff Tracy has set up Tracy Construction and Aerospace corporations.”Fennell, Alan, “Part 1 – Towards the Future,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #35, February 6 th – 19 th , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 11.
Jeff first encounters Tracy Island when he has to bail out of a plane in the Pacific and is stranded there for ten weeks. It is subsequently named after him.Fennell, Alan, “Part 10 – Abandoned!,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #44, June 12 th - 25 th , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 11.
Jeff’s company wins contract to build the space shuttle in 2001.Fennell, Alan, “Part 15 – The Family Grows,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #49, August 21 st – September 3 rd , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 11.
2002-2015 Tracy Construction and Aerospace companies develop.Fennell, Alan, “Part 15 – The Family Grows,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #49, August 21 st – September 3 rd , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 11.
2004 Kansas University names Tracy College after him. Fennell, Alan, “Part 15 – The Family Grows,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #49, August 21 st – September 3 rd , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 11.
In 2010 the college introduces astronaut training into the curriculum and Tracy Aerospace builds facilities for it including a rocket and space vehicle launching area.Fennell, Alan, “Part 16 – Scott Tracy – Towards Manhood!,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #50, September 4 th – 17 th , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 12.
Jeff arrives at his parents’ holiday home at Aspen, Colorado, his plane having been delayed by the bad weather, to find an avalanche has hit the house, killing his father, Grant and his wife, Lucille. He was greeted by he sight of his own mother and teenage sons trying to dig the victims out. Fennell, Alan, “Part 22 – Death in the Family,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #56, November 27 th – December 10 th , 1993, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 13.
Jeff crashes in the Malaysian jungle...Fennell, Alan, “Part 24 – Crash-Down,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #58, December 25 th , 1993 – January 7 th , 1994, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. pp. 12-13.
...breaking his leg...Fennell, Alan, “Part 26 – A New Friend,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #60, February 4 th , 1994, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. pp. 11.
...and meets Kyrano and Tin Tin...Fennell, Alan, “Part 27 – Fever and Fear,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #61, February 18 th , 1994, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. pp. 11-13.
... and the Hood...Fennell, Alan, “Part 28 – A Doctor Arrives!,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #62, March 4 th , 1994, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 11.
... and had the idea for forming IR.Fennell, Alan, “The Resolution!,” Thunderbirds: The Comic #64, April 1 st , 1994, Fleetway Editions, Ltd., ITC Entertainment Group, Ltd. p. 17.
“Jeff Tracy was born 2 Jan 2009, the son of a Kansas wheat farmer.”Bentley, Chris (2000), The Complete Book of Thunderbirds . Carlton Books, Ltd.. p. 52. ISBN 1-84222-092-6.
Inspired to found IR after reading of an air crash where 80 people died due to inadequate rescue equipment.Bentley, Chris (2000), The Complete Book of Thunderbirds . Carlton Books, Ltd.. p. 52. ISBN 1-84222-092-6.
Born 2nd Jan 2009 on a Kansas wheat farm.Levene, Lesley, Editor (2000),  Thunderbirds Annual 2001 . Carlton Books Ltd. p. 18.
Early interest in aerial crop maintenance & satellite monitored harvesting technology led Jeff to join USAF.Levene, Lesley, Editor (2000),  Thunderbirds Annual 2001 . Carlton Books Ltd. p. 18.
Company called Tracy Aerospace.Levene, Lesley, Editor (2000),  Thunderbirds Annual 2001 . Carlton Books Ltd. p. 18.
Is the founder of International Rescue.Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 78.
“Was one of the dashing astronauts who captured the hearts of young girls around the world when they landed on the Moon during those days when it was still uncolonized.”Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 78.
“Tragedy struck when Jeff's beautiful wife died, leaving him with five sons to bring up single-handedly.”Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 79.
After his wife's death, “he was soon making his way in civil and construction engineering.”Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 79.
“...money isn't what drives Jeff and when he read about a terrible air crash in which eighty people died due to inadequate rescue equipment, he found his mission. Within two years, International Rescue was established.”Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 79.
Loves a gripping adventure story.Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 80.
“...Jeff Tracy is a gentleman to the core.”Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 81.
“...can't start the day without a strong cup of coffee.”Olivier, Jenny (2001), Lady Penelope's Secrets . Carlton Books Limited. p. 81.
We never see Jeff in the series in IR uniform, but there is a still photo of him sitting at his desk in IR blue, with a gold sash. However, the sash does not show the IR logo, but one for a ‘Barnardo’s little helper’. This was taken as a publicity tie-in with Barnardo’s at the time of the launch of the Thunderbirds are go film in 1966Fryer, Ian and Jones, Mike, "FAB News," FAB Magazine #xx March 2010, Fanderson, The Official Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society, p. XX
He is a multi-millionaire, aged 56.Fennell, Alan, Editor, August 6, 2066 (1966), “Thunderbirds Personality,” TV Century 21 . p. 6.
He lives on Tracy Island in the Pacific. Fennell, Alan, Editor, August 6, 2066 (1966), “Thunderbirds Personality,” TV Century 21 . p. 6.
He is renowned as an excellent and witty conversationalist.Fennell, Alan, Editor, August 6, 2066 (1966), “Thunderbirds Personality,” TV Century 21 . p. 6.
Multi-millionaire, one of the first men on the moon. Age 56The Thunderbirds Information Sheet. This document provides definitive proof of the official birth order of the Tracy boys. It was mailed directly from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's office to fans who wrote in requesting information about International Rescue. The document we have (see menu to the left, "TB Info Sheet"): a picture of it was sent originally to Peter Singleton on April 4, 1966. It was signed by Una, Gerry Anderson's secretary, on his behalf. Pete Singleton shared it with Stephen La Riviere (TB 1965), who shared it with TICipedia webmistress Jaimi Sorrell on June 10, 2017 (and later publicly as well on the TB 1965 Facebook page).
Profile; age 57Dutch Source: TV2000 comic Feb 18th 1967
Profile of Jeff, age 56Dutch Source: Albert Heijn Margarine leaflets 1967

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