Profession: Actor and Dancer
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.
- 1933-07-12 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)
- 1930-11-18 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC
- 1932-12-22 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC
- 1933-12-02 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released
- 1936-09-04 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released