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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire [6]

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Born:May 10, 1899
Died:June 22, 1987 (88)
Filmography Rating:6.64 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.75 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.07 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93.53%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Second Chorus [1940](41) => Danny O'Neill
Holiday Inn [1942](43) => Ted Hanover
Royal Wedding [1951](52) => Tom Bowen
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town [1970](71) => Narrator
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again [1970](71) => The Baltimore Kid
Star Trek: Short Treks [2018](119) => Dick Avery (uncredited) (archive footage)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Holiday Inn [1942]
  • The firecracker dance sequence required 3 days of rehearsal and took two days to film. Fred Astaire's shoes for the dance were auctioned off for $116,000 worth of war bonds.
  • For the "drunk" dance, Fred Astaire had two drinks of bourbon before the first take and one before each succeeding take. The seventh (last) take was used in the film.
    Mary Poppins [1964]
  • In addition to [?] Mary Martin, Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury was also considered for Mary Poppins, while Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire and even Cary Grant were briefly considered for the role of Bert.
    Royal Wedding [1951]
  • The story was loosely based on the real-life partnership of Fred Astaire and his sister, [?] Adele Astaire. In real life, Adele married [?] Lord Charles Cavendish, son of the [?] Duke of Devonshire, just as Jane Powell, playing Fred's sister, marries an English Lord at the end of this film.
  • In an interview given shortly after the film was released, Fred Astaire revealed that he had tried dancing with more than thirty commercially available hat racks before the studio had the prop department design and build the one in the film at a final cost was over $900. The hat rack disappeared shortly after the film wrapped.
  • Fred Astaire and Jane Powell sing How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life, the longest song title in a Hollywood film.
    Second Chorus [1940]
  • The trumpet part for Fred Astaire was dubbed by [?] Bobby Hackett and the trumpet part for Burgess Meredith was dubbed by [?] Billy Butterfield.
  • Cut from the movie was Me and the Ghost Upstairs (music by [?] Bernard Hanighen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), sung by Fred Astaire and danced by him with the film's dance director, [?] Hermes Pan, who was covered by a sheet. The prerecording and rehearsal footage still exist. Mr. Astaire's commercial waxing, initially released by Columbia Records on a single, has been reissued on two import CD box sets: The Centenary Collection from by the British label Castle Pulse, and Songs & Pictures 1928-1944 on EPM Music, a French company.
    Something To Sing About [1937]
  • James Cagney reportedly rehearsed his dance numbers occasionally with Fred Astaire.
    White Christmas [1954]
  • The original idea was to reunite Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, as they had been successful in Holiday Inn. Astaire refused, as he had "retired" at the time, so the part was reworked for Donald O'Connor. O'Connor pulled out, and the part was reworked for Danny Kaye.