Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films.
According to a major innovator in filmed dance, Gene Kelly, “The history of dance on film begins with Astaire.” Beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence.
According to Hollywood folklore, a screen test report on Astaire for RKO Pictures, now lost along with the test, is reported to have read: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Balding. Can dance a little.” The producer of the Astaire-Rogers pictures, Pandro S. Berman, claimed… read more
Can't help but think of Frank Booth when I watch this guy do his thing: "Suave man, you are so fucking suave!"
And that's why we all love you and forever will. As in Banks gorgeous words "(...)Make money like Fred Astaire" i.e be successful but be nice, be a nice man. Melt réussite with charm and sophistication. This man was raised on god's milk, clouds and pink cupcakes. That's how sweet he was, is and FOREVER will be. This man teaches men and women alike how to be a giant. A superstar a gentle and kind gentle gentleman. An honor to that dying and rare and noble breed that are good men. He was that. Thank you for showing me how to be one. When i'm a grown man I'll cry one salty tear toward you. For you. In your loving memory. You're my main man, dude! Dance away in eternity. Those lighter than air god-like steps made us all sigh and hope for peace and awesomeness and coolness you were the all-time king amongst emperors and princes. You showed them all that the the one is just a normal dude. He's subtle. You're understatement and that's hot.