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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 20 March 1928Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 27 February 2003Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA  (stomach cancer)
Birth NameFred McFeely Rogers
Nickname Mr. Rogers
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fred Rogers was the host of the popular long-running public television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The show debuted in Pittsburgh in 1967 and was picked up by PBS the next year, becoming a staple of public TV stations around the United States. Rogers' mild manner, cardigan sweaters and soft speaking voice made him both widely beloved and widely parodied. Rogers ended production of the show in 2001, but reruns of the show continued to be aired on many PBS stations. He died in 2003 after a short battle with stomach cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Joanne Rogers (9 July 1952 - 27 February 2003) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Cardigan sweaters (many made by his mother)
His gentle and caring personality

Trivia (37)

Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999.
From its premiere on February 19, 1968 until its end on August 31, 2001, 895 episodes of "MisteRogers' Neighborhood (1968) were produced. All of which he wrote and executive produced.
Ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963.
Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as the TV Critics Association.
Received two George Foster Peabody Awards.
Rogers was appointed Chairman of the Forum on Mass Media and Child Development of the White House Conference on Youth in 1968.
Three grandsons, born in 1988,1993, and 2003.
Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade
Graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, USA. Was a contemporary of actor Anthony Perkins.
He earned his divinity degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1962. The Presbyterian church ordained him and charged him with a special mission: in effect, to keep on doing what he was doing on television.
An only child until the age of 11 when his sister was born.
Books: Mister Rogers Talks with Parents, 1983; The New Baby (Mister Rogers' First Experiences Books), 1985; Making Friends (Mister Rogers' First Experiences Books), 1987; Mister Rogers: How Families Grow, 1988; You Are Special, 1994.
Records: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, 1967; Let's Be Together Today, 1968; Josephine, The Short-Necked Giraffe, 1963; You Are Special 1969; A Place of Our Own, 1970; Bedtime, 1992; Growing, 1992
Father of Jim Rogers and John Rogers.
Received a "Pennsylvania Founder's Award" in June 1999 for his "lifelong contribution to the Commonwealth in the spirit of Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn."
Wife Sara Joanne Byrd was his college sweetheart
Named for his maternal grandfather, Frederick McFeeley. Years later, he named a character Mr. McFeely after his grandfather.
After Burger King used an actor impersonating Mister Rogers for a TV commercial, ("Can you say Flame Broiled? I knew you could.") Taking issue with the parody, Fred Rogers contacted the Senior Vice President of Burger King, Don Dempsey, who agreed to pull the advertisement. "To have someone who looks like me doing a commercial is very confusing for children." Fred Rogers said at the time. Mr. Dempsey pulled the commercial without question: "Mister Rogers is one guy you don't want to mess with, as beloved as he is.". Rogers never did any commercial promotions of any kind.
Rogers' gentle manner was the butt of some comedian's jokes. Eddie Murphy parodied him on Saturday Night Live (1975) in the 1980s with his "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood," a routine Rogers found funny and affectionate.
Was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
May 2003: asteroid no. 26858 was named Misterrogers after him.
305 of the 895 episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" still air today as reruns.
His signature red sweater is on display at the Smithsonian Institute Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., having been a gift from Mister Rogers in 1984.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition, and wrote most of the music performed on his show.
Bette Midler paid tribute to him in her 2003-2004 tour, "Kiss My Brass." Footage of Fred Rogers was shown singing "I Like to Be Told," in which Midler sang along. She also sported a red cardigan sweater.
During Halloween, the Rogers family always gave out sugar-free candies to local trick-or-treaters.
When Mister Rogers came on TV singing his song, many children who actually lived on his street used to yell at their televisions, "But you ARE our neighbor!"
Johnny Carson once did a parody skit on The Tonight Show, "Mister Rambo's Neighborhood". When Fred Rogers complained, Carson publicly apologized.
After his death, a star was named after him.
On July 9, 2002, President George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
Named Celebrity Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the National Hockey League's 75th Anniversary celebration in the 1991-1992 season.
His only television or film appearance as a character other than himself was as Reverend Thomas on the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Deal with the Devil (1996).
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 473-475. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Color-blind.
The iconic cardigan sweaters he wore were hand knit by his mother.
In December 1998, in a rare display of anger, Mr. Rogers filed suit against a Texas store for using his likeness on T-shirts, which contained a handgun and the slogan, "Welcome to my 'hood." Rogers didn't simply want the T-shirts discontinued; he wanted them destroyed.
Rogers was instrumental in saving the VCR and, thus, paving the way for DVRs. He went against most of the rest of the television industry in testimony for the Supreme Court in noting that he thought it would be beneficial for children to be able to record his program and time shift viewing. The Supreme Court, quoting Mr. Rogers' testimony in a footnote in their decision, was swayed, ruling that the VCR did not infringe on the network's copyright.

Personal Quotes (11)

I think people who produce and perform on programs for children should have as a prerequisite some sort of course to understand their audience. You wouldn't put a newsman on the air who didn't know how to pronounce Vietnam. But we give millions of dollars to these people who are producing cartoons and they have no earthly idea of what they're doing to a kid.
I got into television because I hated it so. And I thought there's some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen.
We have to remember to whom the airwaves belong, and we must put as great an emphasis on the nurturing of the human personality as we can." "I believe that those of us who are the producers and purveyors of television -- or video games or newspapers or any mass media -- I believe that we are the servants of this nation.
You know you don't have to be an actor when you read a book to a child. All you need is to simply love what you're reading. Even just enjoying the pictures together is a great start. When you share a book with a child, you're saying to them that books are important. That's a gift that can nurture them all through their lives.
Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.
You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.
Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.
I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

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