Fred Astaire chronology of performances

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This is a chronological listing of Fred Astaire stage, motion picture, radio, and television performances.

The following color-coding is used for these different mediums:

stage motion pictures radio television

1905—1920[edit]

Title Date Theatre Role Dance Partner Director Lyrics Music
Juvenile Artists Presenting an
Electric Musical Toe-Dancing Novelty
1905 Keyport, New Jersey
(location of performance)
Himself Adele Astaire
Orpheum Circuit 1906 (2 tours) Himself Adele Astaire
Benefit Performance - Rainy Saturday 1911 Proctor's 5th Avenue Himself Adele Astaire
Aurelia and Minnie Coccia Tour
(vaudeville)
1913 (tour) Himself Adele Astaire
Interstate Circuit c.1914 (tour in Texas) Himself Adele Astaire
Orpheum Circuit c. 1915 (tour) Himself Adele Astaire
Over the Top Nov. 28 1917 44th St. Roof Himself Adele Astaire Joseph Herbert Charles Manning
Matthew Woodward
Sigmund Romberg
Herman Timberg
The Passing Show of 1918 July 25, 1918 Winter Garden Himself Adele Astaire J.C. Huffman Harold R. Atteridge Sigmund Romberg
Jean Schwartz
Apple Blossoms Oct. 7 1919 Globe Johnnie Adele Astaire Fred Latham William LeBaron Fritz Kreisler
Victor Jacobi

1921—1930[edit]

Note: British productions are marked with United Kingdom.

Title Date Theatre Role Dance Partner Director Lyrics Music
The Love Letter Oct. 4 1921 Globe Richard Kolner Adele Astaire Edward Royce William LeBaron Victor Jacobi
For Goodness Sake Feb. 20 1922 Lyric Teddy Lawrence Adele Astaire Priestley Morrison Arthur Jackson William Daly
Paul Lannin
The Bunch and Judy Nov. 28 1922 Globe Gerald Lane Adele Astaire Fred Latham Anne Caldwell Jerome Kern
United Kingdom
Stop Flirting
(For Goodness Sake)
May 30, 1923 Queen's Teddy Lawrence Adele Astaire Felix Edwardes Arthur Jackson William Daly
Paul Lannin
Lady, Be Good Dec. 1 1924 Liberty Dick Trevor Adele Astaire Felix Edwardes Ira Gershwin George Gershwin
United Kingdom
Lady, Be Good
Apr. 14 1926 Empire Dick Trevor Adele Astaire Felix Edwardes Ira Gershwin George Gershwin
Funny Face Nov. 22 1927 Alvin Jimmie Reeves Adele Astaire Edward MacGregor Ira Gershwin George Gershwin
United Kingdom
Funny Face
Nov. 8 1928 Prince's Jimmie Reeves Adele Astaire Felix Edwardes Ira Gershwin George Gershwin
Smiles Nov. 18 1930 Ziegfeld Bob Hastings Adele Astaire
Marilyn Miller
William Anthony McGuire Clifford Grey
Harold Adamson
Ring Lardner
Vincent Youmans

1931—1940[edit]

Note: British productions are marked with United Kingdom.

Title Date Theatre,
Studio,
or Network
Role Dance Partner Director Lyrics Music
The Band Wagon June 3, 1931 New Amsterdam Himself Adele Astaire
Tilly Losch
Hassard Short Howard Dietz Arthur Schwartz
Gay Divorce Nov. 29 1932 Ethel Barrymore Guy Holden Claire Luce Howard Lindsay Cole Porter
United Kingdom
Gay Divorce
Nov. 2 1933 Palace Guy Holden Claire Luce Felix Edwardes Cole Porter
Dancing Lady Dec. 2, 1933 MGM Himself Joan Crawford Robert Z. Leonard Harold Adamson
Dorothy Fields
Lorenz Hart
Arthur Freed
Burton Lane
Jimmy McHugh
Richard Rodgers
Nacio Herb Brown
Flying Down to Rio Dec. 20, 1933 RKO Fred Ayres Dolores del Río
Ginger Rogers
Thornton Freeland Edward Eliscu &
Gus Kahn
Vincent Youmans
The Gay Divorcee Oct. 3, 1934 RKO Guy Holden Ginger Rogers Mark Sandrich Cole Porter
Herb Magidson
Mack Gordon
Cole Porter
Roberta Feb. 12, 1935 RKO Huckleberry Haines Ginger Rogers William A. Seiter Otto Harbach
Dorothy Fields
Jerome Kern
Your Hit Parade Aug. 12 1935 NBC Himself
Top Hat Aug. 16, 1935 RKO Jerry Travers Ginger Rogers Mark Sandrich Irving Berlin
Follow the Fleet Feb. 19, 1936 RKO Bake Baker Ginger Rogers Mark Sandrich Irving Berlin
Swing Time Aug. 26, 1936 RKO "Lucky" Garnett Ginger Rogers George Stevens Dorothy Fields Jerome Kern
The Packard Hour Sept. 15 1936 NBC Himself (Host)
Shall We Dance Apr. 30, 1937 RKO Peter P. Peters Ginger Rogers Mark Sandrich Ira Gershwin George Gershwin
A Damsel in Distress Nov. 20, 1937 RKO Jerry Halliday George Burns &
Gracie Allen
Joan Fontaine
George Stevens Ira Gershwin George Gershwin
Carefree Aug. 30, 1938 RKO Tony Flagg Ginger Rogers Mark Sandrich Irving Berlin
The Screen Guild Theater
(Episode: "Miss Brown of Worcester")
Jan. 15 1939 NBC Jerry Gale Loretta Young
Herbert Marshall
Ernst Lubitsch Oscar Bradley
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Mar. 31, 1939 RKO Vernon Castle Ginger Rogers H.C. Potter (numerous composers)
Broadway Melody of 1940 Feb. 14, 1940 MGM Johnny Brett Eleanor Powell
George Murphy
Norman Taurog Cole Porter
Second Chorus Dec. 3, 1940 Paramount Danny O'Neill Paulette Goddard H.C. Potter Johnny Mercer Artie Shaw
Bernard Hanighen
Hal Borne

1941—1950[edit]

Title Date Studio
or Network
Role Dance Partner
and/or Co-Star
Director Lyrics Music
You'll Never Get Rich Sept. 25, 1941 Columbia Robert Curtis Rita Hayworth Sidney Lanfield Cole Porter
Holiday Inn Aug. 4, 1942 Paramount Ted Hanover Bing Crosby
Marjorie Reynolds
Virginia Dale
Mark Sandrich Irving Berlin
You Were Never Lovelier Nov. 19, 1942 Columbia Robert "Bob" Davis Rita Hayworth William A. Seiter Johnny Mercer Jerome Kern
The Screen Guild Theater
(Episode: "Holiday Inn")
Jan. 11, 1943 NBC Ted Hanover Bing Crosby
Dinah Shore
Irving Berlin
The Eddie Cantor Show April 28, 1943 CBS Himself Eddie Cantor
Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
The Sky's the Limit July 13, 1943 RKO Fred Atwell Joan Leslie Edward H. Griffith Johnny Mercer Harold Arlen
Ziegfeld Follies Aug. 13, 1945 MGM Fred Astaire
Raffles
Tai Long
Lucille Bremer Vincente Minnelli (numerous lyricists and composers)
Yolanda and the Thief Nov. 20, 1945 MGM Johnny Riggs Arthur Freed Harry Warren
Blue Skies Oct. 16, 1946 Paramount Jed Potter Bing Crosby
Joan Caulfield
Stuart Heisler Irving Berlin
The Bob Hope Show Feb. 17 1948 NBC Himself Bob Hope
Easter Parade June 30, 1948 MGM Don Hewes Judy Garland
Ann Miller
Charles Walters Irving Berlin
The Barkleys of Broadway May 4, 1949 MGM Josh Barkley Ginger Rogers Ira Gershwin Harry Warren
Some of the Best June 23, 1949 MGM Himself
Three Little Words July 12, 1950 MGM Bert Kalmar Red Skelton
Vera-Ellen
Richard Thorpe Bert Kalmar Harry Ruby
Let's Dance Nov. 29, 1950 MGM Donald Elwood Betty Hutton Norman Z. McLeod Frank Loesser

1951—1960[edit]

Title Date Studio
or Network
Role Dance Partner
and/or Co-Star
Director Lyrics Music
Royal Wedding Mar. 8, 1951 MGM Tom Bowen Jane Powell Stanley Donen Alan Jay Lerner Burton Lane
The Screen Guild Theater
(Episode: "Easter Parade")
Mar. 22 1951 ABC Don Hewes Judy Garland Irving Berlin
The Belle of New York Feb. 22, 1952 MGM Charles Hill Vera-Ellen Charles Walters Johnny Mercer Harry Warren
The Band Wagon Aug. 7, 1953 MGM Tony Hunter Cyd Charisse Vincente Minnelli Howard Dietz Arthur Schwartz
The Ed Sullivan Show Feb. 14 1954 CBS Himself Ed Sullivan
The Ed Sullivan Show Apr. 3, 1955 CBS Himself Ed Sullivan
Sammy Davis Jr.
What's My Line? Apr. 3, 1955 CBS Himself (Mystery Guest) Franklin Heller
Daddy Long Legs May 4, 1955 Fox Jervis Pendleton III Leslie Caron Jean Negulesco Johnny Mercer
Funny Face Feb. 17, 1957 Paramount Dick Avery Audrey Hepburn Stanley Donen Ira Gershwin Leonard Gershe
The Ed Sullivan Show Mar. 3, 1957 CBS Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show Apr. 7, 1957 CBS Himself
Person to Person June 7, 1957 CBS Himself Franklin J. Schaffner
Silk Stockings July 18, 1957 MGM Steve Canfield Cyd Charisse Rouben Mamoulian Cole Porter
Home July 25, 1957 NBC Himself
General Electric Theater
(Episode: "Imp on a Cobweb Leash")
Dec. 3, 1957 CBS Paul Ashcroft Joan Tetzel Robert B. Sinclair
The 30th Annual Academy Awards Mar. 28 1958 NBC Himself
(Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film)
Dana Wynter Alan Handley
What's My Line? June 8, 1958 CBS Himself (Mystery Guest) Franklin Heller
An Evening with Fred Astaire Oct. 17, 1958 NBC Himself Barrie Chase Bud Yorkin
The Ed Sullivan Show June 28, 1959 CBS Himself
General Electric Theater
(Episode: "Man on a Bicycle")
Sept. 3, 1959 CBS J. Willingham Bardley Stanley Adams Herschel Daugherty
Another Evening with Fred Astaire Nov. 4, 1959 NBC Himself Barrie Chase Bud Yorkin
On the Beach Dec. 17, 1959 United Artists Julian Osborne Gregory Peck
Ava Gardner
Stanley Kramer
The Steve Allen Show
10th Annual Magazine Awards
Dec. 28, 1959 NBC Himself (Recipient) Steve Allen
The Steve Allen Show June 20, 1960 NBC Himself Steve Allen
Astaire Time Sept. 28, 1960 NBC Himself Barrie Chase Greg Garrison

1961—1970[edit]

Title Date Studio
or Network
Role Co-Star Director
The Pleasure of His Company June 1, 1961 Paramount Biddeford "Pogo" Poole Debbie Reynolds George Seaton
Alcoa Premiere
(Episode: "Mr. Easy")
Feb. 13, 1962 ABC Andrew E. Whitbeck Joanna Barnes John Newland
The 34th Annual Academy Awards Apr. 9, 1962 ABC Himself (Presenter: Best Picture) Richard Dunlap
The Notorious Landlady June 26, 1962 Columbia Franklyn Ambruster Kim Novak
Jack Lemmon
Richard Quine
Alcoa Premiere
(Episode: "Moment of Decision")
July 10, 1962 ABC Alex Berringer Maureen O'Sullivan John Newland
Here's Hollywood Sept. 27, 1962 NBC Himself
Alcoa Premiere
(Episode: "Guest in the House")
Oct.11, 1962 ABC Ivor St. George Lloyd Bochner Ted Post
Alcoa Premiere
(Episode: "Mr. Lucifer")
Nov. 11, 1962 ABC Mr. Lucifer Elizabeth Montgomery Alan Crosland Jr.
Alcoa Premiere
(Episode: "Blues for a Hanging")
Dec. 27, 1962 ABC Alex Berringer Janis Paige Bernard Girard
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
(Episode: "Think Pretty")
Oct. 2, 1964 NBC Fred Addams Barrie Chase Jack Arnold
The 37th Annual Academy Awards Apr. 5, 1965 ABC Himself (Presenter: Best Original Song) Richard Dunlap
The Hollywood Palace Oct 2, 1965 ABC Himself (Host/Singer/Dancer) Margot Fonteyn
Paul Lynde
Grey Lockwood
Dr. Kildare
(Episode: "Going Home")
Nov. 22, 1965 NBC Joe Quinlen Richard Chamberlain
Raymond Massey
Herschel Daugherty
Dr. Kildare
(Episode: "The Tent Dwellers")
Nov. 23, 1965 NBC Joe Quinlen Richard Chamberlain
Raymond Massey
Herschel Daugherty
Dr. Kildare
(Episode: "A Gift of Love")
Nov. 29, 1965 NBC Joe Quinlen Richard Chamberlain
Raymond Massey
Herschel Daugherty
Dr. Kildare
(Episode: "Fathers and Daughters")
Nov. 30, 1965 NBC Joe Quinlen Richard Chamberlain
Raymond Massey
Herschel Daugherty
The Hollywood Palace Jan. 22, 1966 ABC Himself (Host/Singer/Dancer) Petula Clark
Mickey Rooney
Grey Lockwood
The Hollywood Palace Mar. 12, 1966 ABC Himself (Host/Singer/Dancer) Ethel Merman
Jack Jones
Grey Lockwood
The Hollywood Palace Apr. 30, 1966 ABC Himself (Host/Singer/Dancer) Herb Alpert
Louis Nye
Grey Lockwood
The 39th Annual Academy Awards Apr. 10, 1967 ABC Himself (Co-Presenter: Writing Awards) Ginger Rogers Richard Dunlap
The Fred Astaire Show Feb 7, 1968 NBC Himself Barrie Chase
Simon & Garfunkel
Robert Scheerer
Finian's Rainbow Oct. 9, 1968 Warner Bros. Finian McLonergan Petula Clark
Tommy Steele
Francis Ford Coppola
Midas Run May 15, 1969 Cinerama Releasing John Pedley Anne Heywood
Richard Crenna
Alf Kjellin
It Takes a Thief
(Episode: "The Great Casino Caper")
Oct. 16, 1969 ABC Alistair Mundy Robert Wagner Jack Arnold
It Takes a Thief
(Episode: "The Three Virgins in Rome")
Nov. 6, 1969 ABC Alistair Mundy Robert Wagner Jack Arnold
It Takes a Thief
(Episode: "The Second Time Around")
Dec. 4, 1969 ABC Alistair Mundy Robert Wagner Gerd Oswald
It Takes a Thief
(Episode: "An Evening With Alistair Mundy")
Mar. 9, 1970 ABC Alistair Mundy Robert Wagner Jack Arnold
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards Apr. 7, 1970 ABC Himself
(Presenter: Best Supporting Actress, Documentary Awards)
Jack Haley Jr.
The Dick Cavett Show Nov. 10, 1970 ABC Himself Dick Cavett
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again Nov 17, 1970 ABC The Baltimore Kid Walter Brennan
Edgar Buchanan
George McCowan
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Dec. 14, 1970 ABC S.D. Kluger (Narrator) - Voice Only Mickey Rooney Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin Jr.

1971—1980[edit]

Title Date Studio
or Network
Role Co-Star Director
'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin Jan. 17, 1972 NBC Himself Jack Lemmon
Ethel Merman
Leslie Uggams
Martin Charnin
Walter C. Miller
Make Mine Red, White and Blue Sept. 2, 1972 NBC Himself (Host) The 5th Dimension
Michelle Lee
Bill Hobin
Hal Alexander
Imagine Dec. 23, 1972 ABC Himself (Guest appearance) John Lennon
Yoko Ono
Steve Gebhardt
John Lennon
Yoko Ono
Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra Nov. 18, 1973 NBC Himself (Audience member) Frank Sinatra Marty Pasetta
That's Entertainment! May 23, 1974 MGM Himself (Co-host) Jack Haley Jr.
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals Oct. 24, 1974 ABC Himself (Host) Marc Breaux
The Towering Inferno Dec. 14, 1974 Warner Bros.
20th Century-Fox
Harlee Claiborne Steve McQueen
Paul Newman
Jennifer Jones
John Guillermin
The Merv Griffin Show Mar. 17, 1975 Syndication Himself Merv Griffin
At Long Last Cole Apr. 10, 1975 ABC Himself Ronald Lyon
The 29th Annual Tony Awards Apr. 20, 1975 ABC Himself (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress, Musical) Clark Jones
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Oct. 27, 1975 NBC Himself Johnny Carson
Merry Christmas, Fred, from the Crosby's Dec. 3, 1975 CBS Himself Bing Crosby Dwight Hemion
The Lion Roars Again 1975 MGM Himself Jack Haley Jr.
Parkinson Feb. 14, 1976 BBC1 Himself Michael Parkinson
The Mike Douglas Show Feb. 20, 1976 CBS Himself Mike Douglas
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson May 4, 1976 NBC Himself Johnny Carson
That's Entertainment, Part II May 16, 1976 MGM Himself (Co-host) Gene Kelly Gene Kelly
Dinah! Nov. 19, 1976 ABC Himself Dinah Shore
The Amazing Dobermans Nov. 19, 1976 Golden Films Daniel Hughes James Franciscus
Barbara Eden
Byron Ross Chudnow
The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town Apr. 6, 1977 ABC S.D. Kluger (Narrator) - Voice Only Skip Hinnant
Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin Jr.
The Purple Taxi (French title: Un taxi mauve) May 21, 1977 ParaFrance Dr. Scully Charlotte Rampling
Philippe Noiret
Yves Boisset
The 50th Annual Academy Awards Apr. 3, 1978 ABC Himself (Presenter: Best Original Song) Marty Pasetta
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Apr. 5, 1978 NBC Himself Johnny Carson
A Family Upside Down Apr. 9, 1978 NBC Ted Long Helen Hayes David Lowell Rich
Bing Crosby: His Life and Legend May 25, 1978 ABC Himself Bing Crosby Marshall Flaum
The 1st Kennedy Center Honors Dec. 5, 1978 CBS Himself (Honoree) Don Mischer
The 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 27, 1979 NBC Himself (Presenter: Henrietta Award)
Battlestar Galactica
(Episode: "The Man with Nine Lives")
Jan. 28, 1979 ABC Chameleon/Captain Dimitri Richard Hatch
Dirk Benedict
Rod Holcomb
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Dec. 21, 1979 NBC Himself Johnny Carson
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit Dec. 23, 1979 NBC Costume Shop Proprietor / Chauffeur / Hot Dog Vendor /
Policeman / Cab Driver / Jeweler / Floor Walker /
Choral Director / Santa Claus
Gary Burghoff
John Byner
Bert Convy
Corey Allen
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours:
Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972
Feb. 3, 1980 NBC Himself Bob Hope Malcolm Leo
Fred Astaire: Puttin' on His Top Hat Mar. 10, 1980 PBS Himself David Heeley
Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance Mar. 14, 1980 PBS Himself David Heeley

1981—1987[edit]

Title Date Studio
or Network
Role Co-Star Director
The American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire Apr. 18, 1981 CBS Himself (Honoree) David Niven (Host) Marty Pasetta
Ghost Story Dec. 18, 1981 Universal Ricky Hawthorne John Houseman
Melvyn Douglas
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
John Irvin
The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish Apr. 17, 1984 CBS Himself Lillian Gish
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Sept. 25, 1984 Castle Hill Himself George Stevens Jr.
The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly May 7, 1985 CBS Himself Gene Kelly Don Mischer
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan Dec. 8, 1985 CBS Himself Ronald Reagan Dick McDonough
The RKO Story: Tales from Hollywood
(Episode: "Let's Face the Music and Dance")
July 10, 1987 BBC Himself
American Masters
(Episode: "George Gershwin Remembered")
Aug. 24, 1987 PBS Gentleman in The Babbit and the Bromide Gene Kelly (in this routine)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
25th Anniversary Special
Oct. 1, 1987 NBC Himself (archive footage) Johnny Carson

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