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Fred Astaire Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Fred Astaire Quick Info
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 68 kg
Date of Birth May 10, 1899
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Date of Death June 22, 1987

Fred Astaire was an iconic American dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, percussionist, and presenter whose most acclaimed films include Dancing Lady (1933), Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), Holiday Inn (1942), The Band Wagon (1953), etc.

Born Name

Frederick Austerlitz

Nick Name

Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire as seen in 1962
Fred Astaire as seen in 1962 (ABC Television / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on May 10, 1899.

Died

Fred passed away on June 22, 1987, from pneumonia in Los Angeles at the age of 88 years.

Sun Sign

Taurus

Born Place

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Nationality

American

 

Occupation

Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Singer, Percussionist, Presenter

Genre

Jazz, Pop, Soundtrack

Instruments

Vocals, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Clarinet, Drums

Labels

  • MGM Records
  • Columbia Records
  • Decca Records
  • Brunswick Records
  • RCA Records

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 9 in or 175 cm

But, he was speculated to be 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm in height and wearing 2-inch heels.

Weight

68 kg or 150 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Fred had dated –

  1. Phyllis Potter (1932-1954) – He was happily married to Phyllis Potter from July 12, 1933, until her death in 1954. They were parents to son Fred Astaire Jr. (b. January 21, 1936) and daughter Ava Astaire (b. 1942). Fred was also the stepfather of Phyllis’s son Peter from her 1st marriage.
  2. Barrie Chase (1957-1961)
  3. Robyn Smith (1979-1987) – Astaire married Robyn Smith, who was 45 years younger than him, in 1980. Their marriage ended after Fred’s death in 1987.

Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth as seen dancing in the 1942 film You Were Never Lovelier
Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth as seen dancing in the 1942 film You Were Never Lovelier (Columbia Pictures / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity

White

He had Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on his father’s side and was of German (including Alsatian) descent on his mother’s side.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Hazel

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Exemplary dance skills
  • Signature top hat and coattails

Fred Astaire as seen with his granddaughter Phyliss in the 1970s
Fred Astaire as seen with his granddaughter Phyliss in the 1970s (Nate Cutler / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Fred Astaire Facts

  1. He was blown away by Michael Jackson‘s dancing prowess and considered Jackson as his rightful successor.
  2. Fred was ranked as the 5th ‘Greatest Male Legend of the Classic Hollywood Era’ in AFI‘s list of ‘100 Years…100 Stars’ in 1999.
  3. Among all his successful dance partnerships, his most memorable was with Ginger Rogers.
  4. His legs were insured for $150,000.

Featured Image by ABC Television / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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