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Who was Fred Astaire?

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the greatest dancer in film history.

Tom Holland goes from ‘Spider-Man’ to Fred Astaire biopic

Tom Holland goes from ‘Spider-Man’ to Fred Astaire biopic

“Spider-Man” star Tom Holland confirmed Sunday that he’ll be portraying iconic dancer, actor, and singer Fred Astaire in an upcoming Sony biopic.

“Oh, I am playing Fred Astaire. Yeah. The script came in a week ago,” Holland told reporters of the project, which is still in its early stages. “I haven’t read it yet; they haven’t given it to me.”

The role was first hinted at in a GQ profile on the 25-year-old actor last month, in which producer Amy Pascal said that she wanted Holland to play the late Hollywood icon in the yet-to-be-titled flick. However, the “Avengers: Endgame” actor revealed that he was indeed cast in the part while promoting “Spider-Man: No Way Home” at a recent press event.

Fred Astaire Biography, Wiki

Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire.

After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was loaned to MGM to appear in Dancing Lady (1933) before starting work on RKO’s Flying Down to Rio (1933). In the latter film, he began his highly successful partnership with Ginger Rogers, with whom he danced in 9 RKO pictures.

During these years, he was also active in recording and radio. On film, Astaire later appeared opposite a number of partners through various studios. After a temporary retirement in 1945-7, during which he opened Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Astaire returned to film to star in more musicals through 1957. He subsequently performed a number of straight dramatic roles in film and TV.

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Fred Astaire Career

The duo debuted in New Jersey with the act called ‘Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe-Dancing Novelty’. The performance received appreciation in the local papers.They gained more fame after performing at the Orpheum Circuit and a couple of other locations in the US. Thereafter, they had to go on a two year break to avoid child labour laws.

Adele’s marriage (1932) to Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish broke up the duo and Fred was left traumatized. But this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he now expanded his range and could also create romantic acts as well.

His first audition was for RKO Radio Pictures, which was unsuccessful. His Hollywood debut was in the MGM-produced film ‘Dancing Lady'(1933) starring Joan Crawford. He returned to RKO in the film ‘Flying Down to Rio’ (1933). He was paired with Ginger Rogers for the first time in this film, and in spite of being a part of the supporting cast, the couple stole the show.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers became a very popular on-screen pair following this. Fred Astaire made two innovations in his musicals. First, he insisted that the camera should film the entire dance routine in a single shot, with dancers always in full view. And second, he tried to integrate the dance routines into the plotlines of the film instead of using dance as a spectacle.

He starred with Rita Hayworth, the daughter of his vaudeville dance idols, the Casinos, in two films, ‘You’ll Never Get Rich’ (1941) and ‘You Were Never Lovelier'(1942).

After the debacle of the Vincente Minelli-directed film ‘Yolanda and the Thief’ (1945), Fred Astaire became insecure and announced his retirement. He now focused his interest in horse racing and founded the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 1947.

He returned to Hollywood as a replacement for Kelly in the film ‘Easter Parade'(1948) and then appeared in the film ‘The Barkleys of Broadway'(1949), where he paired up with Rogers for the last time.

Fred Astaire shut the project ‘Daddy Long Legs’ (1955) midway due to his wife’s death. But the film’s composer and studio executives convinced him that working was the best remedy to overcome grief. The film turned out to be a moderate hit.

The film ‘Funny Face’ (1957), a Paramount production, and ‘Silk Stockings’ (1957), an MGM production failed to rally their production costs, and subsequently, he disengaged from motion pictures.

The film ‘Finian’s Rainbow'(1968) directed by Francis Ford Coppola was his last major musical film. He featured alongside Petula Clark and the film failed to make its mark at the box office.

In 1975, he launched three albums, ‘Attitude Dancing’, ‘They Can’t Take These Away From Me’ and ‘A Couple of Song and Dance Men’ in London. He featured in a supporting role in the cult movie ‘The Amazing Dobermans’ (1976), in a French film ‘The Purple Taxi’ (1977), and in the television film, ‘A Family Upside Down’ (1978).

He also made a guest appearance in the TV series’ Battlestar Galactica'(1979), on account of his grandchildren’s interest in the series.

Fred Astaire Death

Astaire died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987, at the age of 88. His body was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. One of his last requests was to thank his fans for their years of support.

Fred Astaire Awards

  • Fred Astaire was presented with an honorary Academy Award “for his unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures” in 1950.
  • He was the recipient of several Golden Globe Awards including the ‘Best Motion Picture Actor -Music/Comedy’ for ‘Three Little Words’ in 1950 and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘The Towering Inferno’ in 1975.
  • He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Best Dressed List, the American Theatre Hall of Fame and the National Museum of Dance’s Mr & Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame.
  • He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Hall of Fame Award posthumously.
  • He was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and the Ballroom Dancer’s Hall of Fame. In 1981, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Fred Astaire FAQ’s

Who was Fred Astaire?

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the greatest dancer in film history.

When did Fred Astaire die?

Astaire died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987, at the age of 88. His body was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. One of his last requests was to thank his fans for their years of support.

Why is Fred Astaire trending?

“Spider-Man” star Tom Holland confirmed Sunday that he’ll be portraying iconic dancer, actor, and singer Fred Astaire in an upcoming Sony biopic.

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