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Fred Astaire (1899–1987)


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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 2010 Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?: 1929-1941 (2010) ... (performer: "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails", "Pick Yourself Up" - uncredited)
 2010 Step Up 3D (performer: "I Won't Dance")
 2010 Doctors (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Mother's Help (2010) ... (performer: "Puttin' on the Ritz" - uncredited)
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (music: "I'm Building Up to an Awful Let-Down") / (performer: "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", "That's Entertainment", "Dearly Beloved", "Something's Gotta Give")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (performer: "Carioca", "Poor Mr. Chisholm", "Night and Day", "I Won't Dance" - uncredited)
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (performer: "Dig It", "Poor Mr. Chisholm" - uncredited)
 2008 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.12 (2008) ... (performer: "Cheek to Cheek")
 2008 A Trip to Swadades (performer: "This Heart of Mine")
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Carioca", "Waltz in Swing Time", "You're All the World to Me" - uncredited)
 2007 Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.7 (2007) ... (performer: "Cheek to Cheek")
 1999-2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007) ... (performer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Steppin' Out with My Baby")
- Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (1999) ... (performer: "The Way You Look Tonight", "Pick Yourself Up" - uncredited)
 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (performer: "Cheek to Cheek")
 2007 ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (Documentary) (performer: "Puttin' on the Ritz")
 2006 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous (2006) ... (performer: "'S Wonderful" - uncredited)
 2005 Carnivàle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Outskirts, Damascus, NE (2005) ... (performer: "Cheek to Cheek" - uncredited)
 2003 Angels in America (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Part 1 Millennium Approaches (2003) ... (performer: "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails")
 2003 Chocolate com Pimenta (TV Series) (performer: "Puttin' on the Ritz")
 2003 The Dreamers (performer: "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)" (1935))
 2003 The Human Stain (performer: "Cheek to Cheek" (1936))
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence (performer: "Cheek To Cheek")
 2000 Billy Elliot (performer: "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails")
 2000 The Next Best Thing (performer: "Steppin' Out With My Baby")
 1999 The Green Mile (performer: "Cheek to Cheek")
 1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Documentary) (performer: "Night and Day")
 1997 Déjà Vu (performer: "Dearly Beloved")
 1996 The English Patient (performer: "Cheek to Cheek" (1935))
 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (performer: "Here's to the Girls" (1945), "It Only Happens When I Dance with You" (1947), "Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here" (1933), "Jukebox Dance" (1940), "Coffee Time" (1945), "Drum Crazy" (1948), "The Girl Hunt" (1952), "Swing Trot" (1948), "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" (1951), "Stereophonic Sound" 1955 - uncredited)
 1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (performer: "TOP HAT, WHITE TIE AND TAILS")
  Great Performances (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 1991) (performer - 1 episode, 1991)
- The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) ... (music: "I'm Building Up to an Awful Letdown") / (performer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Flying Down to Rio", "Night and Day", "Isn't It a Lovely Day", "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails", "(This Is) A Fine Romance", "Lovely to Look At", "Slap That Bass", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", "The Babbitt and the Bromide", "A Foggy Day", "He Loves and She Loves", "Steppin' Out with My Baby", "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket", "Cheek to Cheek", "Let's Face the Music and Dance", "A Couple of Swells", "I've Got My Eyes on You", "Drum Crazy", "I'm Building Up to an Awful Letdown", "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man", "One for My Baby", "A Shine on Your Shoes", "By Myself", "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan", "I Love Louisa", "The Half of It, Dearie, Blues", "Oh, Lady Be Good", "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life", "You're All the World to Me", "'s Wonderful")
 1989 Loverboy (performer: "They Can't Take That Away From Me")
 1988 Rain Man (performer: "Bouncin' the Blues" (1948), "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (1937), "Shoes with Wings On" (1948) - uncredited)
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo ("Cheek to Cheek" (1935))
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "I Won't Dance", "Night and Day", "Pick Yourself Up", "I Left My Hat in Haiti", "Thinking of You", "A Shine on Your Shoes")
 1984 Blame It on Rio (performer: "Flying Down To Rio")
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (performer: "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (1936))
 1981 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire (TV Movie documentary) ("A Foggy Day", "A Fine Romance") / (performer: "Putting All my Eggs in One Basket", "All Aboard for Alabam", "Begin the Beguine", "'S Wonderful", "Something's Gotta Give", "Change Partners and Dance", "Cheek to Cheek", "Hold That Tiger", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "Top Hat")
 1979 The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (TV Movie) (performer: "Once a Year Night")
 1979 Better Late Than Never (TV Movie) (performer: "You're Never Too Young")
 1977 The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (TV Movie) (performer: "The Easter Bunny Is Comin' To Town Today", "All You Have To Do Is Think 'Can Do'")
  Dinah! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1976) (writer - 1 episode, 1976)
- Episode #2.191 (1976) ... (performer: "Life is Beautiful", "City of the Angels" - uncredited) / (writer: "Life is Beautiful", "City of the Angels" - uncredited)
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (performer: "That's Entertainment" (1953), "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" (1951), "Be a Clown" (1948), "All of You" (1955), "Easter Parade" (1933), "Three Little Words" (1930), "Shubert Alley" (1976), "Triplets" (1937), "Steppin' Out with My Baby" (1948), "Cartoon Sequence" (1976), "A Couple of Swells" (1948), "Bouncin' the Blues" (1948), "Finale" (1976) - uncredited)
  The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1975 - 1976) (performer - 1 episode, 1976)
- Episode dated 4 May 1976 (1976) ... (performer: "Life is Beautiful", "City of the Angels" - uncredited) / (writer: "Life is Beautiful", "City of the Angels" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 27 October 1975 (1975) ... (writer: "Life is Beautiful" - uncredited)
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (performer: "Begin the Beguine" (1935), "The Babbitt and the Bromide" (1927), "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (1937), "Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here" (1933), "Let's Go Bavarian" (1933), "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" (1929), "Sunday Jumps" (1951), "Shoes with Wings On" (1948), "You're All the World to Me" (1950), "Dancing in the Dark" (1931), "By Myself" (1937) - uncredited)
 1971 A Safe Place (performer: "I'm Old-Fashioned")
 1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (TV Movie) (performer: "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", "What Better Way to Tell You")
 1968 Finian's Rainbow (performer: "Look To The Rainbow" (1946), "If This Isn't Love" (1946), "When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich" (1946) - uncredited)
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Think Pretty (1964) ... (performer: "Think Pretty")
 1964 Paris When It Sizzles (performer: "That Face")
 1963 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Fabulous Musicals (1963) ... (performer: "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails", "Carioca" - uncredited)
 1961 The Pleasure of His Company (performer: "Lover" - uncredited)
 1958 An Evening with Fred Astaire (TV Movie) ("Isn't This A Lovely Day (To be Caught in the Rain)")
 1957 Silk Stockings (performer: "Too Bad (We Can't Go Back to Moscow)", "Paris Loves Lovers", "Stereophonic Sound", "All of You", "Fated to Be Mated", "The Ritz Roll and Rock" - uncredited)
 1957 Funny Face (performer: "Overture: Funny Face/'S Wonderful/Think Pink!", "Funny Face", "Bonjour, Paris!", "Let's Kiss and Make Up", "He Loves and She Loves", "Clap Yo' Hands", "'S Wonderful")
 1955-1956 MGM Parade (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.19 (1956) ... (performer: "The Babbitt and the Bromide")
- Episode #1.1 (1955) ... (performer: "Please Don't Monkey with Broadway" - uncredited)
 1955 Daddy Long Legs ("History of the Beat") / (performer: "Something's Gotta Give", "Dream", "Sluefoot", "Texas Millionaire", "International Playboy", "Guardian Angel", "Nightmare Ballet (Paris, Hong Kong, Rio)")
 1953 The Band Wagon ("That's Entertainment" (1953), uncredited) / (performer: "By Myself" (1937), "A Shine on Your Shoes" (1932), "That's Entertainment" (1953), "Dancing in the Dark" (1931), "You and the Night and the Music" (1934), "I Love Louisa" (1931), "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" (1929), "Triplets" (1937), "The Girl Hunt" (1953) - uncredited)
 1952 The Belle of New York (performer: "Who Wants to Kiss the Bridegroom?", "Seeing's Believing", "Baby Doll", "Oops", "A Bride's Wedding Day Song (Currier and Ives)", "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" - uncredited)
 1951 Royal Wedding (performer: "EV'RY NIGHT AT SEVEN", "SUNDAY JUMPS", "OPEN YOUR EYES", "YOU'RE ALL THE WORLD TO ME", "I LEFT MY HAT IN HAITI", "HOW COULD YOU BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID I LOVED YOU WHEN YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN A LIAR ALL MY LIFE")
 1950 Let's Dance (music: "Piano Dance" - uncredited) / (performer: "Can't Stop Talking About Him", "Piano Dance", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Oh Them Dudes", "The Hyacinth", "Tunnel of Love" - uncredited)
 1950 Three Little Words (performer: "Where Did You Get That Girl?", "Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at Home" (uncredited), "My Sunny Tennessee", "So Long! Oo-Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?)", "Test Dance" (uncredited), "Nevertheless", "Thinking of You", "Three Little Words")
 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway (performer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (1937), "Swing Trot" (1949) (uncredited), "You'd Be Hard to Replace" (1949) (uncredited), "Bouncin' the Blues" (1949) (uncredited), "My One and Only Highland Fling" (1949) (uncredited), "Week-End in the Country" (1949) (uncredited), "Shoes with Wings On" (1949), "Manhattan Downbeat" (1949) (uncredited))
 1948 Easter Parade (performer: "Happy Easter", "Drum Crazy", "It Only Happens When I Dance with You", "Beautiful Faces Need Beautiful Clothes", "I Love a Piano", "Snooky Ookums", "Ragtime Violin", "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam'", "Steppin' Out with My Baby", "A Couple of Swells", "Easter Parade" - uncredited)
 1946 Blue Skies (music: "Heat Wave") / (performer: "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "A Couple of Song and Dance Men", "Heat Wave")
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief (performer: "Coffee Time", "Yolanda" - uncredited)
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (performer: "Here's to the Girls", "This Heart of Mine", "Limehouse Blues", "The Babbitt and the Bromide")
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit (performer: "My Shining Hour", "A Lot in Common with You", "Cuban Sugar Mill", "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" - uncredited)
 1942 You Were Never Lovelier (performer: "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942), "Dearly Beloved" (1942), "Audition Dance", "Los Hijos de Buda", "Bim Bam Bum", "Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C Sharp Minor" (1847), "Eco", "I'm Old Fashioned" (1942), "The Shorty George" (1942) - uncredited)
 1942 Holiday Inn (performer: "I'll Capture Your Heart Singing" (1942), "You're Easy to Dance With" (1942), "Be Careful, It's My Heart" (1942), "I Can't Tell a Lie" (1942), "Let's Say It with Firecrackers" (1942), "Ending Medley")
 1941 You'll Never Get Rich (performer: "Boogie Barcarolle", "Shootin' the Works for Uncle Sam", "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye", "March Milastaire (A-Stairable Rag)", "So Near and Yet So Far" - uncredited)
 1940 Second Chorus (performer: "Sugar" (uncredited), "Sweet Sue Just You" (uncredited), "Would You Like to Be the Love of My Life", "I'm Yours" (uncredited), "The New Moon Is Shining" (uncredited), "Would You Like to Be the Love of My Life" (reprise), "Poor Mr. Chisholm", "Poor Mr. Chisholm" (reprise), "Dig It")
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940 (performer: "Please Don't Monkey with Broadway" (1939), "I've Got My Eye on You" (1939), "Jukebox Dance" (1939), "I Concentrate on You" (1939), "Begin the Beguine" (1935) - uncredited)
 1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle ("Cecile Waltz", "Nights of Gladness", "Missouri Waltz", uncredited) / (performer: "Only When You're in My Arms" (1939), "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (uncredited), "King Chanticleer" (uncredited), "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (uncredited), "The Syncopated Walk" (uncredited), "Too Much Mustard (Tres Moutarde)" (uncredited), "Rose Room" (uncredited), "Tres Jolie" (uncredited), "Little Brown Jug" (uncredited), "Dengozo" (uncredited), "You're Here and I'm Here" (uncredited), "Chicago" (uncredited), "Hello, Frisco, Hello" (uncredited), "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" (uncredited), "Take Me Back to New York Town" (uncredited), "Hello! Hello! Who's Your Lady Friend" (uncredited), "La Marseillaise" (uncredited))
 1938 Carefree (performer: "Since They Turned Loch Lomand into Swing" (1938), "Carefree" (1938), "I Used To Be Color Blind" (1938), "The Yam" (1938), "Change Partners" (1938), "Jingle Bells" (1857) - uncredited)
 1937 A Damsel in Distress (performer: "I Can't Be Bothered Now" (1937), "The Jolly Tar and the Milkmaid" (1937), "Put Me to the Test" (I've Just Begun to Live) (1937), "Stiff Upper Lip" (1937), "Things Are Looking Up" (1937), "A Foggy Day" (1937), "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 Shall We Dance (performer: "Slap That Bass" (1937), "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" (1937), "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (1937), "Shall We Dance" (1937), "They All Laughed" (1937), "Beginner's Luck" (1937) - uncredited)
 1936 Swing Time ("The Way You Look Tonight" (1936), "A Fine Romance" (1936), uncredited) / (performer: "Pick Yourself Up" (1936), "The Way You Look Tonight" (1936), "Waltz in Swing Time" (1936), "A Fine Romance" (1936), "Bojangles of Harlem" (1936), "Never Gonna Dance" (1936) - uncredited)
 1936 Follow the Fleet (performer: "We Saw the Sea" (1936), "Let Yourself Go" (1936), "I'd Rather Lead a Band" (1936), "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket" (1936), "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (1932) - uncredited)
 1935 Top Hat (performer: "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)" (1935), "Isn't This a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)?" (1935), "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" (1935), "Cheek to Cheek" (1935), "The Piccolino" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 Roberta (performer: "Let's Begin" (1933), "I'll Be Hard to Handle" (1933), "I Won't Dance" (1934), "Lovely to Look At" (1935), "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (1933) - uncredited)
 1934 The Gay Divorcee (performer: "Don't Let It Bother You" (1934), "A Needle In a Haystack" (1934), "Night and Day" (1932), "The Continental" (1934), "The Continental" (1934) (uncredited))
 1933 Flying Down to Rio (performer: "Carioca" (1933), "Orchids in the Moonlight" (1933), "Music Makes Me" (1933), "Flying Down to Rio" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 Dancing Lady (performer: "Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here" (1933), "Let's Go Bavarian" (1933))
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(4/8/26-6/26) Stage: Appeared in George Gershwin's and Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady, Be Good!," at the Empire Theatre in London, England, with Adele Astaire, Cyril Stowell, George Vollaire, Buddy Lee, William Kent, Roy Emerton, Sylvia Leslie, Irene Russell, Glori Beaumont and Ewart Scott in the cast. See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 13 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 8 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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[on Judy Garland] She was just simply wonderful. She danced beautifully, learned beautifully. She was very adept at whatever she did. Really in fine form. We were all set to do another picture together, but she got sick and that was the end of that. See more »

Trivia:

While all music and songs were known to be dubbed (recorded before filming), his tap dancing was dubbed also. He "over-dubbed" his taps - recording them live as he danced to the previously recorded taps. See more »

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