Fred Astaire – Dancer, TV Host, Actor, Singer, Choreographer | How old was he at the time of his death? Wiki, Age, Height, Net Worth, Relationship, Ethnicity, Death, Wives

Quick Facts

Real Name Fred Astaire
Nick Name Fred
Date Of Birth May 10, 1899
Age 88 years old (At the time of death)
Birthplace Omaha, Nebraska
Nationality American
Profession Football player
Height 5 feet 9 inches
Weight 61 kg
Hair Color Brown
Eye color Brown
Net Worth $10 million

Fred Astaire was a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television host from the United States. He was well-known for his roles in a series of hit musical comedy films with Ginger Rogers.

How much was the Net worth of Fred Astaire?

Regarding his pay, no information is provided. The net worth of Fred Astaire was estimated to be $10 million as of 2023.

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Fred Astaire Net worth 2023 Via biographygist

Early Years, Family and Education

Fred Astaire was born on May 10, 1899, to Frederic Austerlitz and Johanna Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the younger sister of Adele Astaire.

He was American-born but of mixed (Ashkenazi Jewish-German) ancestry. Also, he was born under the astrological sign of Taurus. He received his education at the Ned Wayburn Studio of Stage Dancing and the Alvienne School of Dance in New York.

What was the Professional Career of Fred Astaire?

His career as a performer began when he was a little child, working with his older sister Adele. Despite his early success, Astaire was never a big-screen actor. He had indeed passed a screen exam, but nobody had given him any attention. A studio executive wrote at the time.

On the other hand, he was only given a minor role in Joan Crawford’s 1933 movie Dancing Lady. In the 1933 movie Flying Down to Rio, he was paired with Ginger Rogers, another Broadway star. He and Rogers also shared the screen in several other movies, such as Top Hat (1935) and The Gay Divorcee (1934).

The two became the most well-liked dance team in the movie. They mixed genres in their performances, incorporating tap, ballroom, and even ballet. But Katharine Hepburn famously remarked of their happy union, “Fred gave Ginger class, and Ginger gave Fred sex.”

Off-screen, he was known for his unrelenting pursuit of greatness. He eventually appeared on stage with Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Leslie Caron, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, and Cyd Charisse. Easter Parade with Judy Garland and Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn are two of his later productions.

As his film roles diminished, he started to concentrate more on television.

In addition to that, he frequently performed in tribute shows in his own persona. Similarly, when working on programs like Dr. Kildare, he became interested in dramatic roles. Similar to this, he worked with Gene Kelly, another well-known dancer, on the documentary That’s Entertainment, which looked at the heyday of the movie musical.

Death: When did he die?

At the age of 88, Fred passed away in Los Angeles, California, on June 22, 1987. He passed away as a result of pneumonia.

Wife & Marriage: Who were the wives of Fred Astaire?

Fred Astaire was married twice. At the age of 81, he wed Robyn Smith in 1980. He passed away in 1987, leaving Robyn as his widow. He wed Phyllis Potter in 1933. Ava Astaire-McKenzie was born on March 19, 1942, and Fred Astaire Jr. was born on January 1, 1936, as a result of their union. But Phyllis Potter, his wife, passed away from lung cancer in 1954.

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Fred Astaire walking with wife Phyllis Livingston Potter 1939. Via Pinterest

Body Stats: Height and Weight

When it comes to height, Fred Astaire stood at 5 feet, 9 inches. He also has a weight of 61 kg. Both Fred’s eyes and hair were brown in color.