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Fred Astaire's Height is 5ft 9in (175 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as Top Hat, Holiday Inn, Funny Face, Swing Time, The Gay Divorcee, Royal Wedding, The Band Wagon, Daddy Long Legs, The Notorious Landlady and Easter Parade. In 'Tv guide, the first 25 years' he is quoted saying "I'm 5 feet 10".

Fred Astaire, 1930s
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robert Kornblum said on 3/Jan/16
His height is really not as important as his proportions. Head to torso to legs are perfect for a superb dancer.
robert Kornblum said on 2/Jan/16
His height is really not as important as his proportions. Head to torso to legs are perfect for a superb dancer.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/15
I think actually Astaire was a bit taller than Lemmon, but we never know what the footwear is like.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/15
Looked the same height at Jack Lemmon in The Notorious Landlady and was early 60s at the time. In fact in some scenes Fred could edge Lemmon out but I think it was Lemmon's posture.
weirdo said on 20/Aug/15
He was same height as Michael Jackson...
SissyBoy said on 31/Jul/15
I think one could surmise from conversations quoted between Astaire and Kelly. When they first noticed and both were considering Cid Charisse as a dance partner, Kelly is quoted as telling Fred that she was too tall for him, supposedly because Gene actually wanted to dance with her. Now that may have been an inside running joke between them, but I would take from that comment that they were very close to the same height, if in fact Fred was slightly taller which I question.
joel said on 12/Jul/15
Astaire and Kelly had a dance number together in Ziegfeld Follies of 1946. They were just about the same height.
Arch Stanton said on 6/May/15
Click Here Now Fred isn't leaning in that one and you can see Bing looks a bit taller.
Arch Stanton said on 6/May/15
Rob check out the height diff here! Click Here Not seen Holiday Inn for a while but the difference there is even more than in Blue Skies. Now I know Astaire's posture wasn't as good but still, you'[d never expect a 5'7.5 to look quite like that to a 5'10 in shoes kind of guy, lifts or not.
Arch Stanton said on 6/May/15
Rob can you add Swing Time, The Gay Divorcee, Royal Wedding, The Band Wagon, Daddy Long Legs and The Notorious Landlady?

Mmm, Crosby looked to have the edge on Astaire in Blue Skies. The problem we have is that Astaire should have been about 5 ft 10 in shoes. Bing honestly looked about an inch taller in some scenes, about 2 cm I'd say. So Bing would have had to have been almost 5 ft 11 yet was only 5'7.5, Now you could see Bing's lifts but they were NOT giant ones, I reckon they'd have given him 2 inches, possibly a tad more but it doesn't figure. Was Astaire really only 5 ft 8 range? I'd thought he consistently looked 5'9 but seeing him with Bing I can't see it.
Arch Stanton said on 6/May/15
Rob can you add Swing Time, The Gay Divorcee, Royal Wedding, The Band Wagon, Daddy Long Legs and The Notorious Landlady?

Mmm, Crosby looked to have the edge on Astaire in Blue Skies. The problem we have is that Astaire should have been about 5 ft 10 in shoes. Bing honestly looked about an inch taller in some scenes, about 2 cm I'd say. So Bing would have had to have been almost 5 ft 11 yet was only 5'7.5, Now you could see Bing's lifts but they were giant ones, I reckon they'd have given him 2 inches, possibly a tad more but it doesn't figure. Was Astaire really only 5 ft 8 range? I'd thought he consistently looked 5'9 but seeing him with Bing I can't see it.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Mar/15
He looked pretty old even in 1934!!
Arch Stanton said on 27/Mar/15
Rob can you add Swing Time, The Gay Divorcee, Royal Wedding, The Band Wagon, Daddy Long Legs and The Notorious Landlady?

Watching the Gay Divorcee now. I don't know how people can see 5 ft 7, he always looks a fair bit taller than some of the shorter guys in the films. In my opinion he was a great example of a 5 ft 9 guy. Always possible he was in 5'8 range at lowest but he generally looked it, 5'10 probably his dress shoe measurement.
Mon said on 16/May/14
Enough of this 'he looks tall next to the bald guy' flummery. Kay Thompson, (the top cabaret performer of her era) was half an inch over 5'5''. Take a look at her and Astaire in Funny Face and tell me Astaire was over 5'8''.

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Mon said on 11/May/14
Cyd Charisse was 5'6'' according to her obituary, and it also is said Fred and Gene Kelly were both wary of her height. Kelly is listed here at 5ft 7.5in (elsewhere it says he was 5'7''). When he danced with Cyd in Singin' in the Rain she had quite high heels on. In different occasion impromptu shots from the 70's, Kelly actually looked taller than Astaire. Cyd wore what look like moderate heels in Band Wagon, and Fred wears a fedora and really substantially heeled shes are visible in stills of the dance sequence.

Wearing flats, Audrey Hepburn appeared quite as tall as Fred in a still of them when walking arm in arm under the Eiffel tower from Funny Face. She also appeared very close to his height in the dance sequences wearing what look like ballet slippers. I can't see how Fred Astaire could have been over a flat 5'8''.
Robby D said on 16/Jan/14
I watched a documentary about Fred Astaire and they said he preferred Ginger Rogers to his previous dancing partner as she was not too tall being as Fred stood only 5'8" himself.
Sam said on 13/Dec/13
I do believe he was close to 5'9", it could be he was claimed in height in shoes. He never seemed particularly height conscience.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Oct/13
Did that guy ever look young LOL? He looks pretty much the same in Holiday Inn (1942) as he did in the 50s! He's like a cross between Graham Norton, Henry Kelly and Taylor from the Foo Fighters LOL.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Oct/13
Yeah 5'9" and 130-35 pounds looks about right. Not quite as skinny as a young Sinatra but not far off.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Oct/13
This looks spot on in Funny Face, he has been 2 and 3 inches on Audrey Hepburn, both in similar footwear. It was a myth that Astaire was 5'7". He was 5'9". I'll try to watch some of his others over the next week, been a while since I last saw them.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Jul/13
Thanks. Never seen Royal Wedding where he walks up the walls and ceiling or Daddy Long Legs?
[Editor Rob: maybe as a kid but can't remember]
Knowitall said on 29/Jul/13
Astaire was five seven.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jul/13
My mistake, Lawford appears a little later on. No idea who those others are but I think that guy looked near 6'5" next to Fred Astaire don't you?
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jul/13
Rob see 7 minutes -10 here . He looks tallish compared to the bald guy and out in the hall he looks really short. How does does that guy look to you Rob? He look around 6'5 in comparison to Fred doesn't he at 8:12 and then 9:52 looks maybe 6'4" next to apparent 6' Peter Lawford.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jul/13
Rob can you update his films with say something like US actor from films like Holiday Inn, Yolanda and The Thief, Royal Wedding, The Belle of New York, Daddy Long Legs and Funny Face?
[Editor Rob: I'll add a few, some of those I've never seen. I actually bought a Fred/Ginger boxset for my Mum a decade ago...]
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jul/13
Excellent guess, never looked a real 5'10. Watching Royal Wedding now and I'd guess him at 5'9" and 135 pounds.
Mon said on 13/Mar/13
At beginning of the 'Dancing in The Dark' scene walking with 5ft 6.5in Cyd who is in ballet slippers he doesn't look what listed height plus one inch heel(ie 3.5 inches) taller than her her. Unless Astaire wore special shoes to make him look shorter he was slightly under listed height. But still a lot taller than I'd thought.
angelpeter said on 16/Dec/12
It was after seeing Astaires dinner suit at the museum of the moving image in London It surprised me how short he was. I am 5`9`` so there is no way he could be that height. I reckon he was somewhere around 5`6`` to 5`7``
RG said on 8/Jan/07
Bimg Crosby used "lifts" in his shoes and had heels that looked like part of the shoes. Fred Astaire was 5ft 9in tall. One loses height as one gets older.
Glenn said on 1/Sep/06
Really? Bing was that short? his nephew,Robbin Crosby,deceased metal guitar player from RATT was 6-5.if it wasnt his nephew,he was a relative either way.
jimw said on 29/Aug/06
I've been a classic film buff for a long time,and a big Fred Astaire fan.(I dance alot also).Fred aways seemed to me, to be what he's usually listed at,about 5 ft 9(when younger).A few inches taller than Bing.Bing's shoes always looked built up.But ,not Fred's.Fred also looked taller than Gene Kelly,by about an inch or more.
Dottie Thompson said on 20/Jul/06
One comment below stated, ".....watch a film with Astaire and Frank Sinatra together, notice they're about the same height which is 5'7"." I don't believe Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra ever were in a film together.
kramer said on 16/Apr/06
looks like he's going to keep the extra 2 inches on here regardless of the facts :-)

[Editor Rob: I haven't got around to seeing any old shaky legs films for a while, so he's on my 'to check' list, I've got a boxset of old astaire films sitting here, maybe I'll dig em out soon enough...]
Frank2 said on 17/Mar/06
I met Astaire when he was doing a TV series with Robert Wagner (I forget the name) and he looked more like 5'6" by then. In the early eighties when I attended a special black tie concert given by Frank Sinatra at the Universal Amphitheater I saw Astaire once again and he had lost perhaps another inch and was no more than about 5'5". I worked with Cyd Charisse back in 1982 when she appeared on an episode of The Fall Guy. Cyd was about 5'6" at that time. She still had great legs!!!
Frank said on 16/Mar/06
In the RKO films he did with Edward Everett Horton such as Top Hat, Fred was about three inches shorter. Horton was no more than 5'10". Horton is much shorter than Cary Grant in Holiday. And the next time you watch a film with Astair and Frank Sinatra together, notice they're about the same height which is 5'7".
sf said on 4/Mar/06
Yea, I gotta go with the others, here. Now, everything I've read has him at 5'8" or 5'9", but in some of his movies he looks much smaller than this. I was watching the movie, Royal Wedding (I think?),and he is dwarfed by Peter Lawford who was supposed to be around 6'0". Seriously, it's the first time I wondered just how short Fred Astaire was. I would have guessed in the 5'6" to 5'7" range, at least by the movie.
Frank2 said on 4/Mar/06
Astair was five-seven.
kramer said on 28/Dec/05
was watching a progam where sid charise says she was 5ft 6.5inches and had to wear ballet shoes when dancing with astaire as she was taller than him in normal shoes. SHe says he was 5ft 7.

[Editor Rob: the quote's on ann miller's page...looked like ann to me, not cyd ;)]

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