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 Roles turned down by Fred Astaire:

Give a Girl a Break
The great star was sought as one of four major attractions in Stanley Donen's MGM musical after "Singin' In the Rain."
Actor who got the part: Gower Champion

Mary Poppins
Considered a candidate to play chimney sweep Bert.
Actor who got the part: Dick Van Dyke

Show Boat
Astaire was thought of for the role of Gaylord Ravenal when MGM thought of making this musical in 1944.
Actor who got the part: Howard Keel

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Astaire was the studio's first choice to play the legendary entertainer/dancer/playwright/songwriter George M. Cohan.
Actor who got the part: James Cagney

Did you know that Fred Astaire was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)
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