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

  • 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program: Nominee
  • 1949, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special: Winner
  • 1951, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1962, 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
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Musical or Variety Program: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Winner
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner

Relationships

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

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Details

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

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