Fred Astaire Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 05 Aug, 2019
Facts of Fred Astaire
Date of Birth: 1899 , May-10
Age: 122 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Fred Astaire
Father Frederic Austerlitz
Mother Johanna Austerlitz
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Profession Dancer
Net Worth $10 million
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Fred Astaire was a famous  American dancer, actor, choreographer, singer, and TV personality who is widely known as the most influential dancer in history.

Early Life, Bio, and Education Of Fred Astaire

This multi-dynamic personality was born as Frederick Austerlitz. He was born on May 10, 1899, in Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America. Astaire was born as the son of Johanna "Ann" and Frederic "Fritz" Austerlitz. His mother was born in the US and his father was born in Austria. 

He belongs to German- Austrian descent. His star sign was Cancer. His was an American by nationality and hold citizenship of the United States of America. His had a sister Adele Astaire, American dancer and entertainer.

He went to Alvienne School of the Dance and later on joined Ned Wayburn Studio of Stage Dancing.


He died on June 22, 1987, at the age of 88 in Century City Hospital, Los Angeles, California, United States. He died just after the few days of admitting hospital due to pneumonia.

Fred Astaire's Career

On October 26, 1892, he moved to New York with his family. Her sister planned a brother and sister act, which was common at that time in vaudeville. Firstly he refused to take the dance lesson. But later he easily mimicked his sister's steps. They got famous for their act and they were taught dancing and singing for developing an act.

Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe-Dancing Novelty was their first act. At 14 he took musical responsibilities for their act. In the 1920s, Fred and Adele made their appearance on London stage in many shows like Jerome Kern's The Bunch And Judy (1922), Funny Face (1927). Later they appeared in The Band Wagon (1931).

Besides dancing and stage programs he had also been featured in, many movies like On the Beach (1959), The Pleasure of His Company (1961), The Notorious Landlady (1962), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Purple Taxi (1977), Ghost Story (1981).

Fred also made his appearance in many television shows General Electric Theater (1957-1959), Dr. Kildare (1965), The Fred Astaire Show (1968), The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970), The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979).

He was also active in politics; Astaire was a conservative but he also was a Republican Party supporter.  Though he showed his interest in politics he never made his political views publicly known. 

Fred Astaire's Net Worth and Salary

Fred Astaire uses to have a net worth of $10 million.

Being a great celebrity his legs were insured for a million dollars.

Fred Astaire's Personal Life

In 1933 he was married to 25-years-old Phyllis Potter, who died from lungs cancer at the age of 46. They were married for 21 years. On June 24, 1980; he has married again, to Robyn Smith. Talking about his children he has two sons Fred, Jr. (b. 1936) and Eliphalet (Peter) Potter IV (stepson) and a daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie (born 1942).

He had a very charming personality with highly talented dancing and acting skills. Being one of the greatest actors of his time, he had a huge female fan following. 

Fred Astaire was a man with attracting personality and good looks. He was in the hearts of many women fans. 


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