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Fred Astaire

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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May 10, 1899 In Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Dancing Lady 1933-11-24
Latest Project:
Movie Astaire and Rogers Sing the Great American Songbook 2020-04-09
Known For
Poster of Fred Astaire
Poster of The Towering Inferno
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Poster of Funny Face
Movie Astaire and Rogers Sing the Great American Songbook Himself 2020-04-09
Movie Sid & Judy Himself (archive footage) 2019-06-26
Movie La La La Various Roles (archive footage) 2018-11-25
Movie Darcey Bussell: Looking for Fred Astaire Self (archive footage) 2017-12-21
Movie Fred Astaire donne le 'la' Self (archive footage) 2017-12-24
Movie Perspectives: For the Love of Fred Astaire (archive footage) 2015-01-01
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie Bing Crosby: Rediscovered Unknown 2014-12-02
Series Talking Pictures Self (archive footage) 2013-01-05
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year Unknown 2009-07-02
Movie Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm Various / Self (archive footage) 2006-10-24
Movie Reunited at MGM: Astaire and Rogers Together Again Self (archive footage) 2005-08-16
Movie Complicated Women Self (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Hollywood Musicals of the 40's (archive footage) 2000-09-01
Movie The Green Mile Actor in 'Top Hat' (archive footage) (uncredited) 1999-12-10
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie The Fred Astaire Songbook Self (archive footage) 1991-03-08
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood Self 1987-07-03
Movie That's Dancing! Himself 1985-01-01
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Self 1985-03-03
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly Self 1985-05-07
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire Unknown 1981-04-18
Movie Ghost Story Ricky Hawthorne 1981-12-18
Series Fred Astaire Self 1980-03-10
Movie The Man in the Santa Claus Suit Santa Claus 1979-12-23
Series Battlestar Galactica Chameleon / Captain Dimitri 1978-09-17
Movie A Family Upside Down Ted Long 1978-04-08
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Self 1978-12-28
Movie The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town S.D. Kluger (narrator) (voice) 1977-04-06
Movie The Purple Taxi Unknown 1977-05-20
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II Himself - Co-Host / Narrator 1976-05-16
Movie The Amazing Dobermans Unknown 1976-11-24
Movie The Lion Roars Again Himself 1975-01-01
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! Himself - Host / Narrator 1974-06-21
Movie The Towering Inferno Harlee Claiborne 1974-12-14
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Self 1973-04-02
Movie S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin Self 1972-01-17
Movie Imagine Himself 1972-12-23
Movie The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again The Baltimore Kid 1970-11-16
Movie Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town S.D. Kluger (voice) 1970-12-14
Movie Midas Run John Pedley 1969-05-07
Movie The Fred Astaire Show Himself 1968-02-07
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Finian's Rainbow Finian McLonergan 1968-10-09
Series Hollywood and the Stars Himself (archive footage) 1963-09-30
Movie The Notorious Landlady Franklyn Ambruster 1962-04-01
Movie The Pleasure of His Company Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole 1961-06-01
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Alcoa Premiere 1961-10-10
Movie Astaire Time Himself 1960-09-28
Movie Another Evening with Fred Astaire Himself 1959-11-04
Movie On the Beach Julian Osborn 1959-12-16
Movie An Evening with Fred Astaire Himself 1958-10-17
Movie Funny Face Dick Avery 1957-02-13
Movie Silk Stockings Steve Canfield 1957-07-18
Movie Stars of Cabaret 1956-01-01
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series Cinépanorama Self 1956-02-04
Movie Daddy Long Legs Jervis Pendleton III 1955-05-05
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie The Band Wagon Tony Hunter 1953-08-07
Movie The Belle of New York Charlie Hill 1952-02-22
Movie Royal Wedding Tom Bowen 1951-03-08
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Three Little Words Bert Kalmar 1950-07-12
Movie Let's Dance Donald Elwood 1950-11-29
Movie The Barkleys of Broadway Josh Barkley 1949-01-01
Series The Emmy Awards Unknown 1949-01-25
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Easter Parade Don Hewes 1948-07-08
Movie Blue Skies Jed Potter 1946-10-15
Movie Ziegfeld Follies Various 1945-08-26
Movie Yolanda and the Thief Johnny Parkson Riggs 1945-11-22
Movie Twenty Years After Unknown 1944-01-01
Movie The Sky's the Limit Fred Atwell (Fred Burton) 1943-07-13
Movie Holiday Inn Ted Hanover 1942-07-10
Movie You Were Never Lovelier Robert 'Bob' Davis 1942-11-19
Movie Second Chorus Danny O'Neill 1941-01-03
Movie You'll Never Get Rich Robert Curtis 1941-09-25
Movie Broadway Melody of 1940 Johnny Brett 1940-02-09
Movie The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Vernon Castle 1939-03-29
Movie Carefree Tony Flagg 1938-09-02
Movie A Damsel in Distress Jerry Halliday 1937-11-19
Movie Shall We Dance Pete Peters 1937-05-07
Movie Follow the Fleet Bake Baker 1936-02-20
Movie Swing Time Lucky Garnett 1936-08-27
Movie Roberta Huck Haines 1935-03-07
Movie Top Hat Jerry Travers 1935-08-29
Movie The Gay Divorcee Guy Holden 1934-10-12
Movie Dancing Lady Fred Astaire 1933-11-24
Movie Flying Down to Rio Fred Ayres 1933-12-22