Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire

  • Born on
    • May 10th, 1899
  • Died on
    • June 22nd, 1987
Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor and choreographer. He is widely regarded as the most influential dancer in the history of film. Born as Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 10, 1899, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz, a brewer, he entered show business at age 5. He was successful in vaudeville and on Broadway as well as in London's West End together with his sister Adele, a partnership that lasted 27 years. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was loaned to MGM to appear in Dancing Lady (1933) before starting work on RKO's Flying Down to Rio (1933). In the latter film, he was teamed with Ginger Rogers, with whom he worked in 9 RKO pictures. Astaire later appeared opposite a number of partners, including Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Vera-Ellen and Barrie Chase. Astaire remained active well into old age, starring in musicals through 1968, and also performed a number of straight dramatic roles in film and TV. Throughout his career, he was also active in recording and radio. He died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987 in Los Angeles.

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Acting (41 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1981Ghost Story as Ricky Hawthorne
1977The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town as S.D. Kluger (narrator) (voice)
1977The Purple Taxi
1974The Towering Inferno as Harlee Claiborne
1970Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town as S.D. Kluger (voice)
1970The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again as The Baltimore KidWatch Free
1968Finian's Rainbow as Finian McLonergan
1962The Notorious Landlady as Franklyn Ambruster
1961The Pleasure of His Company as Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole
1959On the Beach as Julian Osborn
1957Silk Stockings as Steve Canfield
1957Funny Face as Dick Avery
1955Daddy Long Legs as Jervis Pendleton III
1953The Band Wagon as Tony Hunter
1952The Belle of New York as Charlie Hill
1951Royal Wedding as Tom BowenWatch Free
1950Three Little Words as Bert Kalmar
1949The Barkleys of Broadway as Josh Barkley
1948Easter Parade as Don Hewes
1946Blue Skies as Jed Potter
1945Yolanda and the Thief as Johnny Parkson Riggs
1945Ziegfeld Follies as Various
1943The Sky's the Limit as Fred Atwell (Fred Burton)
1942You Were Never Lovelier as Robert 'Bob' DavisWatch Free
1942Holiday Inn as Ted Hanover
1941You'll Never Get Rich as Robert Curtis
1940Second Chorus as Danny O'Neill
1940Broadway Melody of 1940 as Johnny Brett
1939The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle as Vernon Castle
1938Carefree as Tony Flagg
1937Shall We Dance as Pete Peters
1937A Damsel in Distress as Jerry Halliday
1936Swing Time as Lucky Garnett
1936Follow the Fleet as Bake Baker
1935Top Hat as Jerry Travers
1935Roberta as Huck Haines
1934The Gay Divorcee as Guy Holden
1933Flying Down to Rio as Fred Ayres
1933Dancing Lady as Fred Astaire

Himself (4 Credits)

1985That's Dancing! as Himself
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
1974That's Entertainment! as Himself - Host / Narrator
1972Imagine as Himself


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