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

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

Relationships

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

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
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