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Fred Astaire (1899 – 1987)

Born: Frederick Austerlitz
May 10, 1899

fred_astaireFred Astaire was a singer, dancer, choreographer, actor and fashion icon who is best known in film for the many musicals in which he co-starred with Ginger Rogers – his on-screen dance partner and romantic interest. Astaire is also arguably the most influential dancer in the history of film, though his voice and comedic talents have contributed greatly to his lasting popularity. Astaire received an Honorary Academy award in 1950 for his unique artistry and contributions to musical pictures, and was nominated once for his role in The Towering Inferno (1975). He starred in three films from the 1001 list, including Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936) and The Band Wagon (1953).


4 comments on “Fred Astaire (1899 – 1987)

  1. TSorensen

    Fred Astaire was in my opinon the biggest male musical star ever. Mostly I think because I prefer his musicals to those of Gene Kelly.

    • Klaus

      I agree, and also prefer 30s / 40s style musicals in general.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    My mother once (decades ago, obviously) saw Astaire crossing a street in Manhattan. She said she was transfixed. How he moved bore no resemblance to the mundane and clunky way the rest of us get from place to place.

    • Klaus

      Damn! That’s a cool story.

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