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.

Awards

  • 1961, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special: Winner
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Winner
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Musical or Variety Program: Nominee
  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program: Nominee
  • 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
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1949, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1975, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Fred Astaire Jr. — Son
  • Phyllis Potter — Wife (deceased)
  • Frederick Austerlitz — Father
  • Ava Astaire McKenzie — Daughter
  • Robyn Smith — Wife
  • Adele Marie Austerlitz — Sister
  • Ann Austerlitz — Mother
  • Peter Potter — Stepson