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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire

May 10, 1899, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor.\nHis stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films and several award-winning television specials and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is best known as the dancing partner and on-screen romantic interest of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals which transformed the genre.\nGene Kelly, another major innovator in filmed dance, said that \"the history of dance on film begins with Astaire.\" Beyond film and television, many noted dancers and choreographers, including Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Madhuri Dixit, also acknowledged his importance and influence. Astaire ranks #5 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars, a list of greatest screen legends in American film history.