Steve Tracy

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Steve Tracy
Born Steven Crumrine
October 3, 1952
Canton, Ohio
Died November 27, 1986(1986-11-27) (aged 34)
Tampa, Florida
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–1986

Steve Tracy (October 3, 1952 – November 27, 1986) was an American film and television actor. Tracy is best known for his role on Little House on the Prairie as Percival Dalton.

Life and education[edit]

He was born into a Jewish family.[1] 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). Alison 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 Little House on the Prairie 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.


Tracy died of AIDS-related complications in 1986, after which Arngrim became involved in AIDS activism.[2] His ashes were scattered under the Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, under the letter "D".


  1. ^ "Biography". Steve Tracy. 
  2. ^ "How Nellie Oleson Became an AIDS Activist". The Advocate. June 16, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 

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