Fred Astaire

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Fred Astaire
  • Birth Name: Frederick Austerlitz Jr.
  • Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/10/1899, Taurus
  • Date of Death: 06/22/1987
  • Profession: Actor; dancer; singer
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Fred Astaire Fast Facts:
  • At age 7, he began touring the vaudeville circuit with his sister Adele. They remained dance partners until 1932.
  • Made 10 musicals with Ginger Rogers, starting with 1933's Flying Down to Rio. Nine were made by RKO, but the 10th, The Barkleys of Broadway, was made by MGM and filmed a decade after their last collaboration, 1939's The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.
  • Published his autobiography, Steps in Time, in 1959.
  • Received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 1981.
  • Fred Astaire Relationships:
  • Ava Astaire McKenzie - Daughter
  • Robyn Smith - Wife
  • Phyllis Potter - Wife (deceased)
  • Adele Marie Austerlitz - Sister
  • Ann Austerlitz - Mother
  • Peter Potter - Stepson
  • Fred Astaire Jr. - Son
  • Frederick Austerlitz - Father
  • Fred Astaire Awards:
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special - Winner
  • 1960 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program - Nominee
  • 1949 Oscar: Special Award - Winner
  • 1959 Emmy: Best Single Performance by an Actor - Winner
  • 1961 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series - Winner
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1951 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1961 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
  • 1960 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1969 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1962 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1968 Emmy: Outstanding Musical or Variety Program - Nominee
  • 1975 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Winner
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee

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