'Astaire' was a name taken by him and his sister Adele for their vaudeville act when they were about 5 years old. It is said to have come from an uncle surnamed 'L'Astaire'.
Famously, a studio screen test report on Astaire read simply: "Can't sing. Can't act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little." In the opinion of millions of fans of his popular films, Astaire could actually dance quite a bit.
Fred Astaire died in 1987 from pneumonia and was interred in the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California.
Fred Astaire Facts
|Birth Name||Frederick Austerlitz Jr.|
|Birthday||May 10, 1899|
|Birthplace||Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Date of death||June 22, 1987 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 88)|
|Height||5' 9" (1m75) How tall is Fred Astaire compared to you?|
|Awards||1975 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for The Towering Inferno)|
|1961 Golden Globe Awards: Cecil B. DeMille Award|
|1951 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Three Little Words)|
|TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Astaire & Rogers|
|The Towering Inferno|
|TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: American Musicals|
|The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town|