Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz, was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films, several television specials and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, he is best remembered for his sense of rhythm and as the dancing partner and on-screen romantic interest of Ginger
Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. Astaire died from pneumonia at the age of 88.