Fred Astaire (I) (1899–1987)

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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 19 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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The Towering Inferno Harlee Claiborne
Funny Face Dick Avery
On the Beach Julian Osborn


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 1981 Ghost Story
Ricky Hawthorne
 1979 The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (TV Movie)
Costume Shop Proprietor / Chauffeur / Policeman / ...
 1979 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)
- The Man with Nine Lives (1979) ... Chameleon
 1978 A Family Upside Down (TV Movie)
Ted Long
 1977 The Purple Taxi
Dr. Seamus Scully
 1977 The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (TV Movie)
S.D. Kluger (narrator) (voice)
 1976 The Amazing Dobermans
Daniel Hughes
 1974 The Towering Inferno
Harlee Claiborne
 1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (TV Movie)
Narrator - S.D. Kluger (voice)
 1970 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (TV Movie)
The Baltimore Kid
 1969-1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Alistair Mundy / The Panther
- Beyond a Treasonable Doubt (1970) ... Alistair Mundy (voice, uncredited)
- An Evening with Alistair Mundy (1970) ... Alistair Mundy
- The Second Time Around (1969) ... Alistair Mundy
- The Three Virgins of Rome (1969) ... Alistair Mundy / The Panther
- The Great Casino Caper (1969) ... Alistair Mundy
 1969 Midas Run
John Pedley
 1968 Finian's Rainbow
Finian McLonergan
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Joe Quinlan
- Going Home (1965) ... Joe Quinlan
- The Tent Dwellers (1965) ... Joe Quinlan
- A Gift of Love (1965) ... Joe Quinlan
- Fathers and Daughters (1965) ... Joe Quinlan
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Fred Addams
- Think Pretty (1964) ... Fred Addams
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Ted Miller / Mr. Lucifer / Ivor St. George / ...
- Blues for a Hanging (1962) ... Ted Miller
- Mr. Lucifer (1962) ... Mr. Lucifer
- Guest in the House (1962) ... Ivor St. George
- Mr. Easy (1962) ... Andrew E. Whitbeck
 1962 The Notorious Landlady
Franklyn Ambruster
 1961 The Pleasure of His Company
Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole
 1959 On the Beach
Julian Osborn
 1957-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Paul Ashcroft / J. Willingham Bardley
- Man on a Bicycle (1959) ... Paul Ashcroft
- Imp on a Cobweb Leash (1957) ... J. Willingham Bardley
 1957 Silk Stockings
Steve Canfield
 1957 Funny Face
Dick Avery
 1955 Daddy Long Legs
Jervis Pendleton III
 1953 The Band Wagon
Tony Hunter
 1952 The Belle of New York
Charlie Hill
 1951 Royal Wedding
Tom Bowen
 1950 Let's Dance
Donald Elwood
 1950 Three Little Words
Bert Kalmar
 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway
Josh Barkley
 1948 Easter Parade
Don Hewes
 1946 Blue Skies
Jed Potter
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief
Johnny Parkson Riggs
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Fred Astaire ('Here's to the Ladies') / Raffles ('This Heart of Mine') / Tai Long ('Limehouse Blues') / ...
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit
Fred Atwell aka Fred Burton
 1942 You Were Never Lovelier
Robert Davis
 1942 Holiday Inn
Ted Hanover
 1941 You'll Never Get Rich
Robert Curtis
 1940 Second Chorus
Danny O'Neill
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940
Johnny Brett
 1938 Carefree
Tony Flagg
 1937 A Damsel in Distress
Jerry Halliday
 1937 Shall We Dance
Peter P. Peters aka Petrov
 1936 Swing Time
Lucky Garnett
 1936 Follow the Fleet
Bake Baker
 1935 Top Hat
Jerry Travers
 1935 Roberta
Huck Haines
 1934 The Gay Divorcee
Guy Holden
 1933 Flying Down to Rio
Fred Ayres
 1933 Dancing Lady
Fred Astaire
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Stage Play: The Bunch and Judy. Musical comedy. Music by Jerome Kern. Book by Anne Caldwell (also lyrics) and Hugh Ford. Music orchestrated by Stephen Jones. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Scenic Design by Frank E. Gates and Edward A. Morange. Costume Design by Wanamaker, Paul Poiret and George Barbier. Directed by Fred G. Latham. ... See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 13 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 19 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 98 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Robyn Smith  (his death) | See more »


Frederic Austerlitz | Johanna Austerlitz (Geilus)


Adele Astaire (sibling)

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Dancing is a sweat job. See more »


He took up skateboarding in his seventies and was awarded a life membership in the National Skateboard Society. See more »


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