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Fred Astaire

Actor / Film Producer / Musician / Screenwriter / Television Presenter | * 05/10/1899 († 88, 06/22/1987) | Omaha, Nebraska (United States of America (USA))
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Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the greatest popular-music dancer in history. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years. He starred in more than 10 Broadway and West End musicals, made 31 musical films, four television specials, and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, his most outstanding traits were his uncanny sense of rhythm, perfectionism, and innovation. His most memorable dancing partnership was with Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals during the age of Classical Hollywood cinema, including Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), and Shall We Dance (1937). Among the other notable films in which Astaire gained further popularity and took the genre of tap dancing to a new level were Holiday Inn (1942), ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Music | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Fred Astaire

2x Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Academy Honorary Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Golden Globe Cecil B. Demille Award Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Kennedy Center Honors Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture AFI Life Achievement Award 6x Grammy Hall of Fame Capezio Dance Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 3x Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy 2x Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program 2x Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Golden Globe Cecil B. Demille Award BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Movies with Fred Astaire as Actor(73)

as Himself (archive footage)2019 Sid & Judy
as Various Roles (archive footage)2018 La La La
as Himself (archive footage)2017 Fred Astaire donne le 'la'
as Various (archive footage) (uncredited)2006 Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm
as Himself (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as Actor in 'Top Hat' (archive footage) (uncredited)1999 The Green Mile
as (archive footage)1994 That's Entertainment! III
as Self (archive footage)1991 The Fred Astaire Songbook
as himself1985 That's Dancing!
as Ricky Hawthorne1981 Ghost Story
as Ted Long1978 A Family Upside Down
as S.D. Kluger (narrator) (voice)1977 The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as (archive footage)1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
as himself1975 The Lion Roars Again
as Harlee Claiborne1974 The Towering Inferno
as Himself - Host / Narrator1974 That's Entertainment!
as himself1972 Imagine
as The Baltimore Kid1970 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
as S.D. Kluger (voice)1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
as John Pedley1969 Midas Run
as himself1968 The Fred Astaire Show
as Finian McLonergan1968 Finian's Rainbow
as Franklyn Ambruster1962 The Notorious Landlady
as Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole1961 The Pleasure of His Company
as himself1960 Astaire Time
as Julian Osborn1959 On the Beach
as Steve Canfield1957 Silk Stockings
as Dick Avery1957 Funny Face
as Jervis Pendleton III1955 Daddy Long Legs
as Tony Hunter1953 The Band Wagon
as Charlie Hill1952 The Belle of New York
as Tom Bowen1951 Royal Wedding
as Donald Elwood1950 Let's Dance
as Bert Kalmar1950 Three Little Words
as Josh Barkley1949 The Barkleys of Broadway
as Don Hewes1948 Easter Parade
as Jed Potter1946 Blue Skies
as Various1945 Ziegfeld Follies
as Johnny Parkson Riggs1945 Yolanda and the Thief
as Fred Atwell (Fred Burton)1943 The Sky's the Limit
as Ted Hanover1942 Holiday Inn
as Robert 'Bob' Davis1942 You Were Never Lovelier
as Danny O'Neill1941 Second Chorus
as Robert Curtis1941 You'll Never Get Rich
as Johnny Brett1940 Broadway Melody of 1940
as Tony Flagg1938 Carefree
as Jerry Halliday1937 A Damsel in Distress
as Pete Peters1937 Shall We Dance
as Lucky Garnett1936 Swing Time
as Bake Baker1936 Follow the Fleet
as Huck Haines1935 Roberta
as Jerry Travers1935 Top Hat
as Guy Holden1934 The Gay Divorcee
as himself1933 Dancing Lady
as Fred Ayres1933 Flying Down to Rio

TV Shows/Series with Fred Astaire as Actor(12)

as himself2013 Talking Pictures
as Chameleon1978 Battlestar Galactica
as Himself - Guest1968 The Dick Cavett Show
as Himself (archive footage)1963 Hollywood and the Stars
as Self - Mystery Guest1950 What's My Line?

Movies with Fred Astaire as Crew(3)

Crew/Choreographer1957 Funny Face
Crew/Choreographer1955 Daddy Long Legs
Crew/Choreographer1935 Roberta

Full Name: Frederick Astaire
Born: Wednesday, 05/10 1899 (May) in Omaha, Nebraska (United States of America (USA))
Died: Monday, 06/22 1987 (June) in Los Angeles (aged: 88)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Member of: American Theatre Hall of Fame
Record Label: MGM Records
Spouses (current/former): Phyllis Livingston Potter, Robyn Smith
Siblings: Adele Astaire
Father: Fritz Austerlitz
Mother: Ann Astaire
Other names for Fred Astaire (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Frederic Austerlitz Jr."
"Frederick Austerlitz"
Fred Astaire frequently works together with these people:
Ginger Rogers (31x, Actress)
Hermes Pan (27x, Crew)
Gene Kelly (16x, Actor)
Judy Garland (13x, Actress)
Mel Berns (11x, Crew)
Pandro S. Berman (11x, Crew)
Irving Berlin (10x, Crew)
Cedric Gibbons (9x, Crew)
Arthur Freed (9x, Crew)
Edwin B. Willis (9x, Crew)
James Stewart (6x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:9673, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 05/23/2021