Fred Astaire (born May 10, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska and died June 22, 1987 in Los Angeles, California) an American dancer best known for his roles as Fred Astaire in several successful musical comedy films with Ginger Rogers. He widely considered the greatest pop music dancer of all time. Here We Will know more about fred astaire jr death And Life journey.
When did fred astaire jr died?
On June 22nd, 1987 at 88 years old, Fred Astaire succumbed to pneumonia. Before his passing away he reported as crowning Michael Jackson as his’replacement’, saying: “I didn’t want to leave this world without knowing who my descendant was – thank you Michael!”
Where did Fred Astaire hail from and how did his career begin?
Fred Austerlitz’ career spanned almost the entirety of his life, beginning when he was only 21. Born Frederick Austerlitz on May 10, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska to German and Austrian immigrant parents, his career took an extraordinary path.
His mother set him and his sister Adele up as a dance duo, and by 1905 the family had relocated to New York in order to nurture and develop their incredible talents and launch their showbiz careers.
Adele and David widely acclaimed as the finest sibling act on Vaudeville at their peak, and their career only truly blossomed after they tied the knot in 1932.
Before that, they performed on Broadway and in London’s West End.
Breaking away from his sibling partnership freed Fred to dance with others, and soon afterwards he cast in The Gay Divorcee alongside Ginger Rogers – one of his most renowned dance partners and co-star in nine films.
Who did Fred Astaire dance with?
Fred, who stood 5’9″, is best known for his partnership with Ginger Rogers; however he also danced with Gene Kelly and Joan Crawford. Other partners included Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Bing Crosby.
What are his best known films?
The Band Wagon (1953), Top Hat (1935) The Gay Divorcee (1934) The Towering Inferno (1974), Easter Parade (1948), Royal Wedding 1951 Swing Time 1936 The Barkleys Of Broadway 1949 Holiday Inn Holiday Inn 1942 Silk Stockings 1957
Whom did Fred Astaire marry and have any children?
Fred married twice, first to Phyllis Livingston Potter who had two children with him.
In 1933, they took their vows and happily married until 1954 when she tragically passed away from cancer at 46 years old.
Rumors swirl that Fred pursued her for two years even though she already had another husband.
He defied both his mother and sister’s wishes to wed her, yet the union between them proved blissfully successful.
In 1980, he wed Robyn Smith, 45 years his junior; seven years before his tragic passing.
Astaire began dancing at the age of four and soon formed an act with his sister Adele that became a popular vaudeville attraction. They made their Broadway debut in Over the Top (1917-18), achieved international fame through stage hits such as For Goodness Sake (1922), Funny Face (1927-28) and The Band Wagon (1931-32).
When Adele retired after marrying Lord Charles Cavendish in 1932, Astaire made a screen test which apparently received an unfavorable verdict: “Can’t act, can’t sing, can’t dance a little.” However, this didn’t stop him from cast in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production Dancing Lady (1933), featuring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and The Three Stooges.
Awards and Other Films
Astaire’s most renowned dramatic roles were in On the Beach (1959); The Pleasure of His Company (1962); The Towering Inferno (1974), for which he received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor; and Ghost Story (1981), his final film.
He received an honorary Academy Award in 1950 and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in 1981, as well as being among the first group of performers to receive Kennedy Center Honors in 1978. Despite all these accolades, Astaire remained as modest and refined as the characters he played. Astaire expressed in his autobiography Steps in Time (1959): “I have no desire to prove anything by it – I just dance.”
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