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      Fred Astaire

      Fred Astaire

      Highest Rated: 100% Silk Stockings (1957)

      Lowest Rated: 29% 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Silk Stockings poster
      Silk Stockings
      The Band Wagon poster
      The Band Wagon
      Holiday Inn poster
      Holiday Inn
      You Were Never Lovelier poster
      You Were Never Lovelier
      Top Hat poster
      Top Hat
      Swing Time poster
      Swing Time
      The Gay Divorcee poster
      The Gay Divorcee
      Royal Wedding poster
      Royal Wedding

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Astaire & Rogers Ultimate Collector's Edition Unknown (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great American Songbook Unknown (Character) - 2003
      29% 44% 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 45% The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town Unknown (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Purple Taxi Dr. Seamus Scully (Character) - 1977
      67% 78% That's Entertainment, Part 2 Narrator - 1976
      No Score Yet 45% The Amazing Dobermans Daniel Hughes (Character) - 1976
      68% 72% The Towering Inferno Harlee Claiborne (Character) - 1974
      100% 86% That's Entertainment! Self - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals Self - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Imagine Self - 1972
      No Score Yet 31% The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again The Baltimore Kid (Character) - 1970
      93% 82% Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Narrator - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Midas Run John Pedley (Character) - 1969
      53% 52% Finian's Rainbow Finian McLonergan (Character) - 1968
      50% 66% Paris When It Sizzles Unknown (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 55% The Notorious Landlady Franklyn Ambruster (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 55% The Pleasure of His Company Biddeford `'Pogo'` Poole (Character),
      Choreography
      - 1961
      78% 69% On the Beach Julian Osborne (Character) - 1959
      100% 68% Silk Stockings Steve Canfield (Character) - 1957
      88% 80% Funny Face Dick Avery (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 65% 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% 69% Royal Wedding Tom Bowen (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 80% Let's Dance Donald Elwood (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 78% Three Little Words Bert Kalmar (Character) - 1950
      55% 70% The Barkleys of Broadway Josh Barkley (Character) - 1949
      91% 86% Easter Parade Don Hewes (Character) - 1948
      67% 59% Ziegfeld Follies Fred Astaire/Raffles/Tai Long/Gentleman in "The Babbit and the Bromide" (Character) - 1946
      75% 66% Blue Skies Jed Potter (Character) - 1946
      80% 46% 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% 75% You Were Never Lovelier Robert Davis (Character) - 1942
      80% 60% You'll Never Get Rich Robert Curtis (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 33% Second Chorus Danny O'Neill (Character) - 1940
      80% 81% Broadway Melody of 1940 Johnny Brett (Character) - 1940
      75% 67% The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle Vernon Castle (Character) - 1939
      57% 77% Carefree Tony Flagg (Character) - 1938
      89% 84% Shall We Dance Petrov (Character) - 1937
      71% 67% A Damsel in Distress Jerry Halliday (Character) - 1937
      97% 86% Swing Time John "Lucky" Garnett (Character) - 1936
      83% 77% Follow the Fleet Bake Baker (Character) - 1936
      86% 66% Roberta Huckleberry Haines (Character) - 1935
      100% 90% Top Hat Jerry Travers (Character) - 1935
      93% 81% The Gay Divorcee Guy Holden (Character) - 1934
      80% 70% Dancing Lady Self - 1933
      83% 50% Flying Down to Rio Fred Ayres (Character) - 1933

      TV

      Credit
      43% 85% 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 What's My Line? Guest 1955 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1955