Fred Astaire Biography
Frederick Austerlitz was born in Omaha, Nebraska United States on 10 May 1899. He was an American choreographer, Dancer, television presenter, and Singer. Fred is considered by many to be the greatest dancer in the history of cinema.
Fred Astaire Profile Overview
Name Frederic Austerlitz Jr.
Place of birth: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Date of birth: May 10, 1899
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death: June 22, 1987 (age 88)
Years active: 1904–1981
Occupation: Actor, dancer, singer presenter, choreographer, percussionist
Height: 5’ 9” (1.75 m/175cm)
Nominated for 1 Oscar.
Another 19 wins & 6 nominations
Spouse(s): Phyllis Livingston Potter
(m. 1933; died 1954)
Children: Ava Astaire and Fred jr
Record Labels: MGM, Records, RCA Victor, Decca Records, Columbia Records, Brunswick Records
Resting place: Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery
Fred Astaire Early Life
Fred Astaire was born in Omaha Nebraska, United States in 1899 to Mother Johanna (Geilus) and Father Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer.
Fred started the show business when he was 5 years old. He had success in both variety and Broadway with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire joined Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was loaned out by MGM to appear in Dancing Lady (1933) before starting work in RKO’s Flying Down to Rio (1933).
Fred Astaire began a very successful collaboration with Ginger Rogers, with whom he danced in 9 RKO shots. During these years he was also active in recording and broadcasting. In the film, Astaire later appeared opposite several partners on different sets. After a temporary retirement in 1945-1947, during which he opened Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Astaire returned to acting to perform in more musicals until 1957. After that, he played several lead roles. In film and on television.
Fred Astaire Television
General Electric Theater (2) (1957, 1959)
An Evening with Fred Astaire (1958)
Another Evening with Fred Astaire (1959)
Astaire Time (1960)
Alcoa Premiere (60 as host, 4 as performer) (1961–1963)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1964)
Dr. Kildare (1965)
The Hollywood Palace (1966)
The Fred Astaire Show (1968)
It Takes a Thief (1969–1970)
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970)
The Dick Cavett Show (11/10/1970)
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town S.D. Kluger (narrator) (1970)
Imagine (cameo) (1972)
The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ to Town S.D. Kluger (narrator) (1977)
A Family Upside Down (1978-TV movie)
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979-TV movie)
Fred Astaire Height
Fred Astaire stands at a Height of 5’ 9” (1.75 m/175cm).
Fred Astaire Age
Fred Astaire was born in the 18 century 1899-1987 he was Aged 88 years old at the year of his Death.
Fred Astaire’s Net worth
Fred Astaire had a net worth which is estimated to be 10 million dollars approx.
Fred Astaire Wife
Astaire married a beautiful lady of 25 years old Phyllis Potter (formerly Phyllis Livingston Baker [1908–1954]), She was a Boston-born New York socialite and ex-wife of Elipharet Not Potter III (1906–1981), in 1933. Phyllis’ death from lung cancer at the age of 46 years old was devastating to Astaire after 21 years of a happy marriage.
On June 24, 1980, Fred Astaire at the age of 81, decided to Marry for the second time. Robyn Smith is 45 years old her junior and is a cyclist for Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. (she was in a relationship with Vanderbilt in the 1970s), and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on July 31, 1972.
Fred Astaire Death
Astaire Fred died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987, he aged 88. His remains were interred at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California.
One of his last requests was to thank his fans for supporting him over the years and the fans got his message he was a true legend and will be remembered forever.
Fred Astaire Award and Honors
2000: Ava Astaire McKenzie Fred Astaire’s daughter unveiled a plaque in honor of her father, the plaque was erected by the citizens of Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
Fred Astaire”, a song by Lucky Boys Confusion
2003: In Referenced to the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville, in which Astaire is eaten by his shoes after a fast-paced dance act
2004: The “Adele and Fred Astaire Ballroom” was added on the top floor of Gottlieb Storz Mansion in Astaire’s hometown of Omaha
2006: “Fred Astaire” single released by the California rock band Lamps
2008: Life and work honored at Oriel College, Oxford
2011, 2013: “Fred Astaire”, a song, in a Portuguese and English version by Clarice Falcão
2012: “Fred Astaire”, a single and video by San Cisco
2018: “Fred Astaire”, a single by Jukebox The Ghost
2019: “Movement”, a single by Hozier, made references to Astaire in its lyrics