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Fred Astaire

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire

Profession: Actor and Dancer

United States of America

Why Famous: Considered the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films, several award-winning television specials and numerous recordings.

He is best known as Ginger Rogers' dancing partner and romantic interest, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals which transformed the genre.

Born: May 10, 1899
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: June 22, 1987 (aged 88)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

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  • 1933-07-12 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

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