|Fred Astaire Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9.5 in|
|Date of Birth||May 10, 1899|
|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.
He was born on May 10, 1899.
Fred passed away on June 22, 1987, from pneumonia in Los Angeles at the age of 88 years.
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Singer, Percussionist, Presenter
Jazz, Pop, Soundtrack
Vocals, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Clarinet, Drums
- MGM Records
- Columbia Records
- Decca Records
- Brunswick Records
- RCA Records
5 ft 9.5 in or 176.5 cm (via his official passport)
But, he was speculated to be 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm in height and wearing 2.5-inch heels.
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Fred had dated –
- 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.
- Barrie Chase (1957-1961)
- 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.
Race / Ethnicity
He had Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on his father’s side and was of German (including Alsatian) descent on his mother’s side.
- Exemplary dance skills
- Signature top hat and coattails
Fred Astaire Facts
- He was blown away by Michael Jackson‘s dancing prowess and considered Jackson as his rightful successor.
- 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.
- Among all his successful dance partnerships, his most memorable was with Ginger Rogers.
- His legs were insured for $150,000.
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