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

  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Musical or Variety Program: Nominee
  • 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Winner
  • 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
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: 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
  • 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

Relationships

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

Details

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

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