He was rated as one of greatest dancers of the 20th century, and he is generally acknowledged to have been the most influential dancer in the history of filmed and televised musicals. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.
Dancing With the Stars
Fred Astaire died June 22 1987 at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia. Born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, Astaire was a Hollywood legend as well as a Broadway stage dancer, choeographer, singer and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of seventy-six years, during which he made thirty-one musical films.