Fred Astaire



Place of birth:

Omaha, Nebraska, USA:


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)

Film Credits

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

Production Credits

Funny Face (1957)