Fred Astaire

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Movie Actor
Date of Birth May 10, 1899
Place of Birth Omaha, Nebraska
Date of Death Jun 22, 1987 (88)
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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the history of film. 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, his perfectionism, and his innovation. His most memorable dancing partnership was with Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. The American Film Institute named Astaire the fifth greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years... 100 Stars. Gene Kelly, another renowned star of filmed dance, said that "the history of dance on film begins with Astaire." Later, he asserted that Astaire was "the only one of today's dancers who will be remembered."

Born: Frederick Austerlitz, May 10, 1899, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Died: June 22, 1987, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Dancer, singer, actor, presenter, choreographer, percussionist
Years active: 1904–1981
Relatives: Adele Astaire (sister)
Awards: Full list
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About Fred Astaire

Elegant song-and-dance man who appeared in 31 movie musicals and Three Little Words. The American Film Institute named him the 5th-Greatest Male Star of All Time.

Before Fame

He was a part of a child singing and dancing act with his sister Adele.


He made ten films with Ginger Rogers.

Family Life

His third wife, Robyn Smith, was forty-five years his junior. He had two children.


He starred in Three Little Words in 1950 with Red Skelton.

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