FRED ASTAIRE

Birth name: Fredrick Austerlitz

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eye Color: Light Brown

Height: 5' 9"

Quote: "The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any"

Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) (born May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential dancers in the history of film and television musicals.

His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he starred in more than 10 Broadway and London musicals, made 31 musical films, 4 television specials, and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, he is best remembered for his sense of rhythm, his perfectionism, and as the dancing partner and on-screen romantic interest of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. Astaire was named by the American Film Institute as the fifth greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years... 100 Stars.

Gene Kelly, another star in 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." Beyond film and television, many dancers and choreographers, including Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Madhuri Dixit, also acknowledged his influence.

Fred Astaire died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987, at the age of 88.

FILMOGRAPHY

1981

Ghost Story

1976

The Amazing Dobermans

1974

The Towering Inferno

1968

Finian's Rainbow

1961

The Pleasure of His Company

1959

On The Beach

1957

Funny Face

Silk Stockings

1955

Daddy Long Legs

1953

The Band Wagon

1951

Royal Wedding

1950

Three Little Words

1949

The Barkleys of Broadway

1948

Easter Parade

1946

Ziegfeld Follies

Blue Skies

1945

Yolanda and the Thief

1942

Holiday Inn

You Were Never Lovelier

1941

You'll Never Get Rich

1940

Broadway Melody of 1940

1937

Shall We Dance?

1936

Follow the Fleet

Swing Time

1935

Top Hat

1934

The Gay Divorcee

1933

Flying Down to Rio

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Early Days Productions: Fred Astaire. updated 5/20/2018