Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential dancers in the history of film and television musicals.
Mostly remembered for his pairings with Ginger Rogers with whom he starred in the film Swing Time, the legendary dancer died at the age of 88. due to Pneumonia on 22 June 1987.
Born as Frederick Austerlitz on 10 May 1899, Fred was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the United States. He began performing as a child, pairing up with his older sister Adele and entered show business at the age of 5.
He further joined Hollywood to try once more to break into film and landed a small role in 1933's Dancing Lady with Joan Crawford. The role landed him an opportunity, and he signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures. He teamed up with another Broadway talent Ginger Rogers for Flying Down to Rio; their dance number was highly appreciated.
After featuring in several movies together, the duo became industry's most beloved dance team. He worked with another legendary dancer Gene Kelly on the documentary That's Entertainment, which explored the golden era of the movie musical.
Astaire and his first wife Phyllis Baker Potter, a socialite and former wife of Eliphalet Nott Potter III, married in 1933. The couple had two children together, Fred Jr. and Ava in the family. Fred and Phyllis remained a couple until she died of lung cancer in 1954.
Astaire married his second wife Robyn Smith, a famous jockey, on June 24, 1980, despite the age difference of 40-year. After seven years of their marriage, he died of Pneumonia at the age of 88 on June 22, 1987, the same year when Amercian iconic rapper Wiz Khalifa was born.
Shortly before his death, he said: "I didn't want to leave this world without knowing who my descendant was, thank you Michael"-referring to Michael Jackson.
The American dancer, choreographer, musician, singer, and actor Fred Astaire had an estimated net worth of $10 million at the time of his death. Maximum of his net worth is an outcome of his dancing career in movies.