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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 16 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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The Towering Inferno
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Funny Face
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 2016 Conversations with Tango (Short) (performer: "Cheek to Cheek") (completed)
 2018 Trust (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 The Song of Sway Lake (performer: "I've Got You On My Mind")
 2017 The Boss Baby (performer: "Cheek To Cheek")
 2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2016 20th Century Women (performer: "This Heart of Mine")
 2015/I Ovation (performer: "That's Entertainment!")
 2015 Cuéntame (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2015 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2006-2014 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 2014/II Cake (performer: "Dig It")
 2014 She's Funny That Way (performer: "Cheek to Cheek", "Steppin' Out With My Baby")
 2014 Supernatural (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2011 Mildred Pierce (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2010 Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2010 Step Up 3D (performer: "I Won't Dance")
 2010 Doctors (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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 Me and Orson Welles (performer: "They Can't Take That Away From Me")
 2008 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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 Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1999-2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2007 ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (Documentary) (performer: "Puttin' on the Ritz")
 2006 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2005 Carnivàle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2004 Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2003 Angels in America (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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))
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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)
 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 Locker vom Hocker (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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 The Magic of David Copperfield IV: The Vanishing Airplane (TV Special) (performer: "Nice Work If You Can Get It")
 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", "The Carioca", "Begin the Beguine", "'S Wonderful", "Something's Gotta Give", "Change Partners and Dance", "Cheek to Cheek", "Night and Day", "Hold That Tiger", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "Top Hat", "The Continental")
 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)
 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)
 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" (uncredited))
 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)
 1964 Paris When It Sizzles (performer: "That Face")
 1963 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1961 The Pleasure of His Company (performer: "Lover" - uncredited)
 1958 An Evening with Fred Astaire (TV Special) (performer: "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 documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
 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)")
 1955 What's My Line? (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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)
 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" - uncredited)
 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 Lomond 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))
 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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Founded Fred Astaire Dance Studios. See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 13 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 17 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[on his screen partnership with Ginger Rogers] Ginger was brilliantly effective. She made everything work for her. Actually, she made things very fine for the both of us and she deserves most of the credit for our success. See more »


Became a father for the first time at age 36 when his first wife Phyllis Potter gave birth to their son Fred Astaire Jr. on January 21, 1936. See more »


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