How tall is Fred Astaire ?

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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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Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 27/Mar/15
He looked pretty old even in 1934!!
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 29/Jul/13
Astaire was five seven.
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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``

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