Biography

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)

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)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 78

Birthday 1899-05-10

Day of Death 1987-06-22

Place of Birth Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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Also Known As

  • Frederic Austerlitz Jr.

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Perspectives: For the Love of Fred Astaire
2014 Bing Crosby Rediscovered as Himself
2013 Talking Pictures(1 episode) as Himself
2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History
2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer as Himself (archive footage)
2000 Hollywood Musicals of the 40's as Archive footage
1999 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire
1998 A Bing Crosby Christmas as Himself
1994 That's Entertainment! III
1985 George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey as Himself
1985 That's Dancing! as Himself
1981 Ghost Story as Ricky Hawthorne
1980 Fred Astaire(2 episodes) as Himself
1979 The Man in the Santa Claus Suit as Santa Claus
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1978 Battlestar Galactica(1 episode) as Chameleon
1978 A Family Upside Down as Ted Long
1977 The Purple Taxi
1977 The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town as S.D. Kluger (narrator) (voice)
1976 The Amazing Dobermans
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1974 The Towering Inferno as Harlee Claiborne
1974 That's Entertainment! as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ...(1 episode)
1972 Imagine as Himself
1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town as S.D. Kluger (voice)
1970 The Over The Hill Gang Rides Again as The Baltimore Kid
1969 Midas Run as John Pedley
1968 Finian's Rainbow as Finian McLonergan
1968 The Fred Astaire Show as Himself
1964 The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth as Himself (archive footage)
1962 The Notorious Landlady as Franklyn Ambruster
1961 Alcoa Premiere(62 episodes)
1961 Dr. Kildare(4 episodes)
1961 The Pleasure of His Company as Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole
1960 Astaire Time as Himself
1959 On the Beach as Julian Osborn
1959 Another Evening with Fred Astaire as Himself
1958 An Evening with Fred Astaire as Himself
1957 Silk Stockings as Steve Canfield
1957 Funny Face as Dick Avery
1956 The Steve Allen Show(1 episode)
1956 Cinépanorama(52 episodes)
1955 Daddy Long Legs as Jervis Pendleton III
1953 The Band Wagon as Tony Hunter
1953 The Academy Awards(6 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater(2 episodes)
1952 The Belle of New York as Charlie Hill
1951 Royal Wedding as Tom Bowen
1950 Let's Dance as Donald Elwood
1950 Three Little Words as Bert Kalmar
1949 The Emmy Awards(1 episode)
1949 The Barkleys of Broadway as Josh Barkley
1948 Easter Parade as Don Hewes
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(5 episodes)
1946 Blue Skies as Jed Potter
1945 Yolanda and the Thief as Johnny Parkson Riggs
1945 Ziegfeld Follies as Himself
1944 Twenty Years After
1943 The Sky's the Limit as Fred Atwell (Fred Burton)
1942 You Were Never Lovelier as Robert 'Bob' Davis
1942 Holiday Inn as Ted Hanover
1941 You'll Never Get Rich as Robert Curtis
1940 Second Chorus as Danny O'Neill
1940 Broadway Melody of 1940 as Johnny Brett
1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle as Vernon Castle
1938 Carefree as Tony Flagg
1937 A Damsel in Distress as Jerry Halliday
1937 Shall We Dance as Pete "Petrov" Peters
1936 Swing Time as John "Lucky" Garnett
1936 Follow the Fleet as Bake Baker
1935 Top Hat as Jerry Travers
1935 Roberta as Huckleberry Haines
1934 The Gay Divorcee as Guy Holden
1933 Flying Down to Rio as Fred Ayres
1933 Dancing Lady as Himself

Crew

1957 Funny FaceChoreographer

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