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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. 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 began his highly successful partnership with Ginger Rogers, with whom he danced in 9 RKO pictures. During these years, he was also active in recording and radio. On film, Astaire later appeared opposite a number of partners through various studios. After a temporary retirement in 1945-7, during which he opened Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Astaire returned to film to star in more musicals through 1957. He subsequently performed a number of straight dramatic roles in film and TV. Date of Death 22 June 1987, Los Angeles, California  (pneumonia)

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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 And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Known For
Poster of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Poster of Silk Stockings
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History 2008-10-14
Movie To Each His Own Cinema (segment "Cinéma de Boulevard") (archive footage) 2007-10-31
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Himself 2004-02-25
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer Himself (archive footage) 2002-09-24
Movie AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire 1999-12-04
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 Imagine: John Lennon Himself 1988-10-07
Movie That's Dancing! Himself 1985-01-01
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1985-03-03
Movie Ghost Story Ricky Hawthorne 1981-12-18
Movie The Man in the Santa Claus Suit Santa Claus 1979-12-23
Series Battlestar Galactica Chameleon 1978-09-17
Movie A Family Upside Down Ted Long 1978-04-08
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town S.D. Kluger (narrator) (voice) 1977-04-06
Movie The Purple Taxi 1977-05-20
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II Himself - Co-Host / Narrator 1976-05-17
Movie The Amazing Dobermans 1976-11-24
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
Movie The Over The Hill Gang Rides Again The Baltimore Kid 1970-11-17
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
Movie Finian's Rainbow Finian McLonergan 1968-10-09
Movie The Notorious Landlady Franklyn Ambruster 1962-04-01
Series Alcoa Premiere 1961-10-10
Movie The Pleasure of His Company Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole 1961-06-01
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
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 Daddy Long Legs Jervis Pendleton III 1955-05-05
Movie The Band Wagon Tony Hunter 1953-08-07
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie The Belle of New York Charlie Hill 1952-02-22
Movie Royal Wedding Tom Bowen 1951-03-08
Movie Let's Dance Donald Elwood 1950-11-29
Movie Three Little Words Bert Kalmar 1950-07-12
Movie The Barkleys of Broadway Josh Barkley 1949-01-01
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 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 Shall We Dance Pete Peters 1937-05-07
Movie A Damsel in Distress Jerry Halliday 1937-11-19
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
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