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Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor and choreographer. He is widely regarded as the most influential dancer in the history of film. Born as Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 10, 1899, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz, a brewer, he entered show business at age 5. He was successful in vaudeville and on Broadway as well as in London's West End together with his sister Adele, a partnership that lasted 27 years. 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 was teamed with Ginger Rogers, with whom he worked in 9 RKO pictures. Astaire later appeared opposite a number of partners, including Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Vera-Ellen and Barrie Chase. Astaire remained active well into old age, starring in musicals through 1968, and also performed a number of straight dramatic roles in film and TV. Throughout his career, he was also active in recording and radio. He died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987 in Los Angeles.
May 10, 1899, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
June 22, 1987
1933 Flying Down to RioFred Ayres 1934 The Gay DivorceeGuy Holden 1935 Top HatJerry Travers 1936 Swing TimeLucky Garnett 1937 Shall We DancePete Peters 1942 Holiday InnTed Hanover 1948 Easter ParadeDon Hewes 1953 The Band WagonTony Hunter 1955 Daddy Long LegsChoreographer and Jervis Pendleton III 1957 Funny FaceChoreographer and Dick Avery 1959 On the BeachJulian Osborn 1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to TownS.D. Kluger (voice) 1974 The Towering InfernoHarlee Claiborne 1974 That's Entertainment!Himself - Host / Narrator 1981 Ghost StoryRicky HawthorneLimited to the 15 most popular items