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

Relationships

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

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Details

  • Birth Name: Frederick Austerlitz Jr.
  • Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • Birthday: May 10, 1899, Taurus
  • Died: June 22, 1987
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Singer