Asymmetric cell divisions are crucial to the generation of cell fate diversity. They contribute to unequal distribution of cellular factors to the daughter cells. Asymmetric divisions are characterized by a 90 degrees rotation of the mitotic spindle. There is increasing evidence that a tight cooperation between cortical, filamentous actin and astral microtubules is indispensable for successful spindle rotation. Over the past years, the dynactin complex has emerged as a key candidate to mediate actin/microtubule interaction at the cortex. This review discusses our current understanding of how spindle rotation is accomplished by the interplay of filamentous actin and microtubules in a variety of experimental systems.