Virgil Tracy

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Virgil Tracy
Thunderbirds character
Virgil Tracy.jpg
First appearance "Trapped in the Sky"
(30 September 1965)
Created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
Portrayed by Dominic Colenso (2004 film)
Voiced by David Holliday (1965)
Jeremy Wilkin (1966, 1968)
David Menkin (2015)
Nickname(s) Virg
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Pilot (Thunderbird 2)
Concert pianist
Family Jeff Tracy (father)
John Tracy (brother)
Scott Tracy (brother)
Gordon Tracy (brother)
Alan Tracy (brother)
Grandma Tracy (grandmother)
Nationality American

Virgil Tracy is a fictional character from Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation television show Thunderbirds, the subsequent films Thunderbirds Are GO and Thunderbird 6 as well as the TV remake Thunderbirds Are Go!. The character also appeared in the live action movie Thunderbirds. Virgil's specialist expertise is in demolition, heavy lifting and logistics.

Thunderbirds (1965-66)[edit]

Second son of Jeff Tracy (instigator and financier behind International Rescue), Virgil was named after astronaut Virgil Grissom. Sources vary in the canon of the Thunderbirds series as to the character's age and birth date. In the factfile for the DVD compilation, Virgil's birthday is stated as 15 August 2041, making him 24 years old. After studying at Denver School of Advanced Technology, he took up his role in International Rescue as principal pilot of Thunderbird 2. Besides piloting the delivery carrier of the rescue equipment he is usually called upon to operate the equipment and effect a rescue on site. Virgil occasionally pilots other Thunderbird crafts, for instance in "Ricochet", Virgil is seen piloting Thunderbird 3 on return from Thunderbird 5 after helping sort out a communications blackout that put International Rescue out of operation for a couple of hours.

Virgil is as dedicated to his calling as any of his brothers. For instance, in "Terror in New York City", when Virgil is seriously injured when TB2 is mistakenly attacked by a US warship, his first thoughts upon reawakening are his alarm at the fact that his craft is out of service for repairs when it could be needed at any time. Furthermore, he later has to be ordered back to bed by his father when such an emergency occurs. His off-duty demeanour is much less boisterous than his other brothers, indulging in painting and playing the piano.

Along with Jeff and Scott, Virgil is the only other Tracy to appear in all 32 episodes of Thunderbirds. However, he does not play a role in every rescue operation. He was also the first character to use the International Rescue radio code "F-A-B" in the first episode.

Virgil was voiced by American actor David Holliday for the 26 episodes of series 1 (1965). When Holliday was no longer available, British-Canadian actor Jeremy Wilkin provided the voice for the six episodes of series 2 (1966) and the two feature films.

Thunderbirds (2004 film)[edit]

Dominic Colenso portrayed Virgil in the 2004 live action film. However, owing to the film focusing on Alan Tracy, not much is known about this version of Virgil.

Thunderbirds Are Go! (TV series)[edit]

David Menkin portrayed Virgil in the 2015 TV series. He is the largest and strongest of the Tracy brothers, and is skilled in engineering and mechanics. His character is calm and level-headed, and he is also the peacemaker in the family.[1]


Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is nicknamed "Virgil" for his likeness to the character.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Virgil Tracy Image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  2. ^ Simon Hughes. "Vaughan the right man for all reasons". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  3. ^ "Wisden Dictionary of Cricket - Michael Rundell - Google Books". Retrieved 2015-08-10.

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