Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire

Highest Rated: 100% Silk Stockings (1957)

Lowest Rated: 35% Ghost Story (1981)

Birthday: May 10, 1899

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

With his older sister and dance partner Adele, vaudeville performer Fred Astaire became the toast of Broadway during the Jazz Age while partnering with composers George and Ira Gershwin to redefine American musical theatre. After Adele's retirement in 1931, Astaire tried his luck in Hollywood, pairing with Ginger Rogers at RKO for a total of 10 films, including "Top Hat" (1935), "Follow the Fleet" (1936) and "Shall We Dance?" (1937). A self-punishing perfectionist, Astaire hid his torturous process behind a mask of suave self-composure. The Astaire-Rogers films proved a tonic for an anxious nation during the Great Depression. In later years, Astaire would take to the dance floor with a number of new partners, among them Eleanor Powell and Rita Hayworth, while also playing second banana to crooner Bing Crosby in the musical comedies "Holiday Inn" (1942) and "Blue Skies" (1946). Coaxed out of retirement for MGM's "Easter Parade" (1948), Astaire went on to headline "Royal Wedding" (1951), in which he danced seemingly weightless on walls and ceilings, and "The Band Wagon" (1953) with Cyd Charisse. Nominated for Academy Awards for his dramatic work in Stanley Kramer's "On the Beach" (1959) and Irwin Allen's "The Towering Inferno" (1974), an aging Astaire rode out the final third of his brilliant career as the elder statesman of American song and dance.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
35% 43% Ghost Story Ricky Hawthorne (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 67% The Man in the Santa Claus Suit Costume Shop Proprietor/Chauffeur/Policeman/Cab Driver/Jeweler/Floor Walker/Choral Director/Santa Claus (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Family Upside Down Ted Long (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Prison Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Purple Taxi Dr. Seamus Scully (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 40% The Amazing Dobermans Daniel Hughes (Character) - 1976
67% 79% That's Entertainment, Part 2 Narrator - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals Himself (Character) - 1974
100% 85% That's Entertainment! Himself (Character) - 1974
69% 71% The Towering Inferno Harlee Claiborne (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Imagine Himself (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 25% The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again The Baltimore Kid (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midas Run John Pedley (Character) - 1969
53% 53% Finian's Rainbow Finian McLonergan (Character) - 1968
50% 66% Paris When It Sizzles Unknown (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 56% The Notorious Landlady Franklyn Ambruster (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 55% The Pleasure of His Company Biddeford `'Pogo'` Poole (Character),
Choreographer
- 1961
76% 69% On the Beach Julian Osborne (Character) - 1959
100% 68% Silk Stockings Steve Canfield (Character) - 1957
87% 81% Funny Face Dick Avery (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 66% Daddy Long Legs Jervis Pendleton III (Character) - 1955
100% 82% The Band Wagon Tony Hunter (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 32% The Belle of New York Charlie Hill (Character) - 1952
92% 70% Royal Wedding Tom Bowen (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 79% Let's Dance Donald Elwood (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 79% Three Little Words Bert Kalmar (Character) - 1950
55% 71% The Barkleys of Broadway Josh Barkley (Character) - 1949
91% 86% Easter Parade Don Hewes (Character) - 1948
70% 58% Ziegfeld Follies Fred Astaire/Raffles/Tai Long/Gentleman in "The Babbit and the Bromide" (Character) - 1946
80% 67% Blue Skies Jed Potter (Character) - 1946
80% 50% Yolanda and the Thief Johnny Parkson Riggs (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 58% The Sky's the Limit Fred Atwell (Character) - 1943
100% 86% Holiday Inn Ted Hanover (Character) - 1942
100% 74% You Were Never Lovelier Robert Davis (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 60% You'll Never Get Rich Robert Curtis (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 31% Second Chorus Danny O'Neill (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 82% Broadway Melody of 1940 Johnny Brett (Character) - 1940
75% 67% The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle Vernon Castle (Character) - 1939
57% 76% Carefree Tony Flagg (Character) - 1938
71% 67% A Damsel in Distress Jerry Halliday (Character) - 1937
89% 85% Shall We Dance Petrov (Character) - 1937
97% 87% Swing Time John "Lucky" Garnett (Character) - 1936
83% 77% Follow the Fleet Bake Baker (Character) - 1936
86% 66% Roberta Huckleberry Haines (Character) - 1935
100% 91% Top Hat Jerry Travers (Character) - 1935
93% 82% The Gay Divorcee Guy Holden (Character) - 1934
83% 49% Flying Down to Rio Fred Ayres (Character) - 1933
80% 69% Dancing Lady Himself (Character) - 1933

TV

Credit
33% 100% Battlestar Galactica Chameleon / Captain Dimitri (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Takes a Thief Alister Mundy (Character) 1968-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1955

QUOTES FROM Fred Astaire CHARACTERS

Penelope "Penny" Carrol says: Your RIGHT foot!

John "Lucky" Garnett says: Sorry, I'm left handed.

Dick Avery says: You are mad, aren't you?

Jo Stockton says: No, I'm not mad. I'm hurt, and disappointed, and... and mad.

Ted Hanover says: I like it here... with you and Linda. [to Hardy]

Jim Hardy says: answers: And we love having you. When are you leaving?

Francois says: How can I stop him sir when I don't know which way is Connecticut!

Jim Hardy says: A drink? Boy you were fractured!

Mamie says: [about winning Linda back] You could melt her heart right down to butter, if you'd only turn on the heat!

Linda Mason says: You sound sweet, but you don't make sense.

Ted Hanover says: A gentle smile often breeds a kick in the pants.

Jim Hardy says: What brings you here on this bright and uninviting day?

Ted Hanover says: He always has that look! It doesn't mean anything emotionally. It has something to do with his... liver.

Ted Hanover says: Well, I love Jim too... but let's not get too chummy.

Jim Hardy says: Right now I've got the ledger in an iron lung.

Danny Reid says: How'd he get that far in five minutes?

Danny Reid says: The world can't do this to us!

Finian McLonergan says: If one plants a pot of gold near Ft. Knox, he can become a rich man.

Ted Hanover says: It's going to be easy - like peeling a turtle.

Guy Holden says: Chance is the fool's name for fate.