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Also Known As: Charles Rogers, Buddy Rogers, Chas. "Buddy" Rogers, Chas. Buddy Rogers, Charles Buddy Rogers, Charles [Buddy] Rogers Died: April 21, 1999
Born: August 13, 1904 Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Birth Place: Olathe, Kansas, USA Profession:

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He starred in the first Hollywood film to earn an Academy Award for Best Picture, but Charles "Buddy" Rogers's most cherished role was as Mr. Mary Pickford. Scouted by Paramount in 1925, the surpassingly handsome university undergrad was introduced to moviegoers in comedies starring W. C. Fields and Clara Bow. Paramount brought him west in 1927, but prominent parts failed to materialize. Rogers was on the verge of quitting when director William Wellman cast him as a World War I fighter pilot in "Wings" (1927), whose innovation and realism were rewarded with the first Best Picture Oscar. Rogers found offscreen love in the arms of his "My Best Girl" (1927) co-star Mary Pickford, but he had to wait a decade for Pickford to divorce Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. In the interim, he led a dance band, debuted on Broadway, worked in England, and developed a cinematic reputation as America's Boyfriend, a distinction that netted him 20,000 fan letters a month. After his 1937 marriage to Pickford, Rogers withdrew from the limelight to produce films, to serve his country in World War II, and to entertain American troops during the Korean War. Rogers and Pickford remained one of Hollywood's longest-married couples, a...

He starred in the first Hollywood film to earn an Academy Award for Best Picture, but Charles "Buddy" Rogers's most cherished role was as Mr. Mary Pickford. Scouted by Paramount in 1925, the surpassingly handsome university undergrad was introduced to moviegoers in comedies starring W. C. Fields and Clara Bow. Paramount brought him west in 1927, but prominent parts failed to materialize. Rogers was on the verge of quitting when director William Wellman cast him as a World War I fighter pilot in "Wings" (1927), whose innovation and realism were rewarded with the first Best Picture Oscar. Rogers found offscreen love in the arms of his "My Best Girl" (1927) co-star Mary Pickford, but he had to wait a decade for Pickford to divorce Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. In the interim, he led a dance band, debuted on Broadway, worked in England, and developed a cinematic reputation as America's Boyfriend, a distinction that netted him 20,000 fan letters a month. After his 1937 marriage to Pickford, Rogers withdrew from the limelight to produce films, to serve his country in World War II, and to entertain American troops during the Korean War. Rogers and Pickford remained one of Hollywood's longest-married couples, a union that lasted until her death in 1979. Devoted to philanthropic pursuits and preserving Pickford's legacy, Rogers enjoyed the quintessential Palm Springs retirement until his own passing in 1999 marked the final chapter of an American success story that could have been written only in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (2000) Interviewee
3.
 The Parson and the Outlaw (1957) Rev. Jericho Jones
4.
 An Innocent Affair (1948) Claude Kimball
5.
 Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) Dennis Lindsey
6.
 Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942) Dennis Lindsey
7.
 The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) Dennis Lindsey
8.
 Golden Hoofs (1941) Dean MacArdle
9.
 Sing for Your Supper (1941) Larry Hays
10.
 This Way Please (1937) Brad Morgan
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1925:
Father submitted photograph to Famous Players-Lasky nationwide talent search; one of 20 selected for a screen test
1925:
Chosen by Paramount to take six-month training course for actors
1926:
Film debut, "Fascinating Youth" alongside other winners of talent search
1927:
Starred in first Oscar-winning Best Picture, silent film "Wings"; second feature directed by William Wellman; also starred Clara Bow
1927:
Acted opposite future wife Mary Pickford in "My Best Girl" (Pickford's final silent movie)
1928:
First time headlining a movie, "Varsity"; also his first talkie, which contained 13 minutes of dialogue mostly in last 10 minutes of film
1930:
Reteamed with Wellman for "Young Eagles," once again playing a WWI American pilot
1931:
Asked to be released from Paramount contract; formed first in a series of orchestras with musicians Johnny Green and Gene Krupa, and singers Mary Martin and Marilyn Maxwell; Pickford reportedly provided some financing for band
1933:
Acted in movie musical "Take a Chance"
1935:
Played playboy son of George Barbier in Edward Ludwig's fluffy musical "Old Man Rhythm"
1941:
Replaced Donald Woods as Lupe Velez's husband in "Mexican Spitfire" movies, acting in "Mexican Spitfire's Baby"; also acted in "Mexican Spitfire at Sea" and "Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost" (both 1942)
1946:
First producing credits, two movies directed by Reginald LeBorg "Little Iodine" and "Susie Steps Out" (also produced LeBorg's "Adventures of Don Coyote," 1947)
1947:
Produced Cy Enfield's "Stork Bites Man"
1948:
Returned to screen after six year absence in "An Innocent Affair/Don't Trust Your Husband"
1948:
Produced Douglas Sirk's "Sleep, My Love"; Pickford also produced after 12 years away from films
1957:
Final screen appearance, "The Parson and the Outlaw"; also produced
1997:
Executive produced documentary "Mary Pickford: A Life on Film"
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Education

University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas -

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