Biography of Fred Astaire

Mr Fred Astaire was born in 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska and began show business at the very young age of 5, performing with his sister, Adele on Broadway and in Vaudeville. Fred then headed to Hollywood where he began his successful partnership with Ginger Rogers for a series of nine movies. He had made 33 musical films by 1976, with esteemed co-stars such as Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, Joan Crawford, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse.

He also co-starred with Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly, as well as some other of the biggest actors of that time. Fred Astaire was a great dancer and changed the face of the American movie musical with his style and grace. However, he was also a great actor and starred in many different dramatic and comedic roles in both movies and TV specials. He won multiple Emmy awards for his work in television, as well as an Oscar nomination for his role in The Towering Inferno (1974). He also received an honorary Academy Award in 1950 for his “unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures”.

In 1987, Fred Astaire passed away from pneumonia. We lost a true dancing legend. As Mikhail Baryshnikov observed at the time of his death, “No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business”.