Fred Astaire

Quick Facts

Full NameFrederick Austerlitz
Stage NameFred Astaire
Birth DateMay 10, 1899
Birth PlaceOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Death DateJune 22, 1987
Death PlaceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting PlaceOakwood Memorial Park Cemetery
OccupationsDancer, Actor, Singer, Choreographer, Presenter
Years Active1904–1981
SpousesPhyllis Livingston Potter (m. 1933; died 1954)
Robyn Smith (m. 1980)
Net Worth$10 million. 
RelativesAdele Astaire (sister)
InstrumentsVocals, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Clarinet
LabelsMGM Records, RCA Victor, Decca Records, Columbia Records, Brunswick Records
Notable FilmsTop Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, The Towering Inferno
AwardsHonorary Academy Award, 3 Primetime Emmys, BAFTA Award, 2 Golden Globes, Grammy Award
HonorsFilm Society of Lincoln Center Tribute (1973), Kennedy Center Honors (1978), AFI Life Achievement Award (1980)
Hall of Fame InductionsHollywood Walk of Fame (1960), American Theatre Hall of Fame (1972), Television Hall of Fame (1989)
AFI RankingFifth-greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema (1999)
Dancing PartnerGinger Rogers
Early LifeBorn to Johanna “Ann” (née Geilus) and Friedrich “Fritz” Emanuel Austerlitz
Sister’s NameAdele Astaire
Notable SkillsRhythm, Creativity, and Perfectionism in Dance
Competitive Oscar NominationBest Supporting Actor for The Towering Inferno
Notable Television SpecialsFour television specials
Musical CareerStarred in over 10 Broadway and West End musicals, 31 musical films, and numerous recordings

Fred Astaire Movies

Movie TitleYear
Funny Face1957
Top Hat1935
Easter Parade1948
Swing Time1936
The Band Wagon1953
Royal Wedding1951
Shall We Dance1937
The Towering Inferno1974
Finian’s Rainbow1968
You Were Never Lovelier1942
Daddy Long Legs1955
The Gay Divorcee1934
The Green Mile1999
Silk Stockings1957
Holiday Inn1942
Ghost Story1981
Follow the Fleet1936
Flying Down to Rio1933
You’ll Never Get Rich1941
On the Beach1959
That’s Entertainment!1974
Three Little Words1950
Broadway Melody of 19401940
The Barkleys of Broadway1949
Ziegfeld Follies1945
That’s Entertainment, Part II1976
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle1939
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town1970
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again1970
Dancing Lady1933
The Pleasure of His Company1961
A Damsel in Distress1937
Blue Skies1946
Second Chorus1940
Yolanda and the Thief1945
The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ to Town1977
The Belle of New York1952
That’s Entertainment! III1994
The Sky’s the Limit1943
The Notorious Landlady1962
That’s Dancing!1985
Let’s Dance1950
Billy Elliot2000
The Purple Taxi1977
Paris When It Sizzles1964
An Evening with Fred Astaire1958
Midas Run1969
The Doberman Gang1973

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