Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire
Astaire, Fred - Never Get Rich.jpg
Astaire in 1941
Born
Frederick Austerlitz

(1899-05-10)May 10, 1899
DiedJune 22, 1987(1987-06-22) (aged 88)
Resting placeOakwood Memorial Park Cemetery
Occupation
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • singer
  • presenter
  • choreographer
  • percussionist
Years active1904–1981
Spouse(s)
Phyllis Livingston Potter
(m. 1933; died 1954)

(m. 1980)
RelativesAdele Astaire (sister)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • percussion
  • piano
Labels
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Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz;[1] May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the history of film.[2]

His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years. He starred in more than 10 Broadway and West End musicals, made 31 musical films, four television specials, and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, his most outstanding traits were his uncanny sense of rhythm, perfectionism, and innovation. His most memorable dancing partnership was with Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals during the age of Classical Hollywood cinema, including Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), and Shall We Dance (1937).[3] Among the other notable films in which Astaire gained further popularity and took the genre of tap dancing to a new level were Holiday Inn (1942), Easter Parade (1948), The Band Wagon (1953), Funny Face (1957), and Silk Stockings (1957). The American Film Institute named Astaire the fifth-greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years... 100 Stars.[4][5]

  1. ^ Billman, Larry (1997). Fred Astaire: A Bio-bibliography. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-29010-5.
  2. ^ Fred Astaire at the Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. ^ Oxford illustrated encyclopedia. Judge, Harry George., Toyne, Anthony. Oxford [England]: Oxford University Press. 1985–1993. p. 25. ISBN 0-19-869129-7. OCLC 11814265.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "1981 Fred Astaire Tribute" afi.com
  5. ^ "AFI'S 100 Years...100 Stars" afi.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017