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Fred Astaire

Fred AstaireAKA Frederick Austerlitz, Jr.

Born: 10-May-1899
Birthplace: Omaha, NE
Died: 22-Jun-1987
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Dancer, Actor, Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Broadway ballroom dancer

One of the greatest dancers of all time.


[1] An Episcopalian, though a branch of the Austerlitz family is from the Jewish quarter in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Sister: Adele Astaire (dancer, b. 1896, d. 1981)
Wife: Phyllis Livingston Potter (m. 12-Jul-1933, d. 13-Sep-1954, one son, one daughter)
Son: Fred, Jr. (b. 1936)
Daughter: Ava (b. 1942)
Wife: Robyn Smith (m. 27-Jun-1980, until his death)

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer under contract
    Oscar (honorary) 1950
    Golden Globe 1951 for Three Little Words
    Golden Globe 1975 for The Towering Inferno
    Emmy 1978 for A Family Upside Down
    American Film Institute Life Achievement Award 1981
    Kennedy Center Honor 1978
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6756 Hollywood Blvd. (motion pictures)
    Kentucky Colonel
    Sgt. Pepper Lonely Heart
    Austrian Ancestry

    TELEVISION
    It Takes a Thief Alistair Mundy (1968-70)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (25-Sep-1984) · Himself
    Ghost Story (15-Dec-1981) · Ricky Hawthorne
    The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (23-Dec-1979)
    The Purple Taxi (21-May-1977)
    The Amazing Dobermans (24-Nov-1976)
    That's Entertainment, Part II (16-May-1976) · Himself
    The Towering Inferno (10-Dec-1974) · Harlee Claiborne
    That's Entertainment! (23-May-1974) · Himself
    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (14-Dec-1970) [VOICE]
    The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (17-Nov-1970)
    Midas Run (7-May-1969)
    Finian's Rainbow (9-Oct-1968) · Finian McLonergan
    The Notorious Landlady (13-Apr-1962)
    The Pleasure of His Company (1-Jun-1961) · Biddeford Poole
    On the Beach (17-Dec-1959)
    Silk Stockings (18-Jul-1957) · Steve Canfield
    Funny Face (13-Feb-1957)
    Daddy Long Legs (5-May-1955) · Jervis Pendleton
    The Band Wagon (7-Aug-1953) · Tony Hunter
    The Belle of New York (22-Feb-1952) · Charles Hill
    Royal Wedding (8-Mar-1951) · Tom Bowen
    Let's Dance (29-Nov-1950) · Donald Elwood
    Three Little Words (12-Jul-1950) · Bert Kalmar
    The Barkleys of Broadway (4-May-1949) · Josh Barkley
    Easter Parade (30-Jun-1948) · Don Hewes
    Blue Skies (16-Oct-1946) · Jed Potter
    Ziegfeld Follies (8-Apr-1946) · Imposter
    Yolanda and the Thief (20-Nov-1945) · Johnny Parkson Riggs
    The Sky's the Limit (13-Jul-1943) · Fred Atwell
    You Were Never Lovelier (5-Oct-1942) · Robert Davis
    Holiday Inn (4-Aug-1942)
    You'll Never Get Rich (25-Sep-1941) · Robert Curtis
    Second Chorus (3-Dec-1940) · Danny O'Neill
    Broadway Melody of 1940 (9-Feb-1940) · Johnny Brett
    The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (29-Mar-1939) · Vernon Castle
    Carefree (2-Sep-1938) · Tony Flagg
    A Damsel in Distress (19-Nov-1937) · Jerry Halliday
    Shall We Dance (7-May-1937) · Petrov
    Swing Time (28-Aug-1936) · John Garnett
    Follow the Fleet (20-Feb-1936) · Bake Baker
    Top Hat (30-Aug-1935) · Jerry Travers
    Roberta (8-Mar-1935) · Huck
    The Gay Divorcee (12-Oct-1934) · Guy Holden
    Flying Down to Rio (22-Dec-1933) · Fred Ayres
    Dancing Lady (24-Nov-1933) · Himself

Author of books:
Steps in Time (1959, memoir)


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