Fred Astaire

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  • Birth Name: Frederick Austerlitz Jr.
  • Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • Died: June 22, 1987
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Singer
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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

  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Winner
  • 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1951, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: 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
  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series: Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special: Winner
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Musical or Variety Program: Nominee
  • 1949, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

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

Details

  • Birth Name: Frederick Austerlitz Jr.
  • Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • Died: June 22, 1987
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Singer