Charles "Buddy" Rogers

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Charles Edward "Buddy" Rogers (August 13, 1904 – April 21, 1999) was an American film actor and musician. During the peak of his popularity in the late 1920s and early 1930s, he was publicized as "America's Boyfriend".

Charles "Buddy" Rogers
Rogers in 1929
Charles Edward Rogers

(1904-08-13)August 13, 1904
DiedApril 21, 1999(1999-04-21) (aged 94)
Burial placeForest Lawn Cemetery
EducationUniversity of Kansas
Occupation(s)Actor, musician
Years active1926–1968
(m. 1937; died 1979)
Beverly Ricondo
(m. 1981)

Life and career edit

Early years edit

Rogers with The Twin Stars radio program, 1937
Flight Training

Rogers was born to Maude and Bert Henry Rogers in Olathe, Kansas. He studied at the University of Kansas where he became an active member of Phi Kappa Psi. In the mid-1920s he began acting professionally in Hollywood films. A talented trombonist skilled on several other musical instruments, Rogers performed with his own dance band in motion pictures and on radio. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a flight training instructor.

According to American Dance Bands On Record and Film (1915–1942), compiled by Richard J. Johnson and Bernard H. Shirley (Rustbooks Publishing, 2010), Rogers was not a bandleader in the usual sense of the term. Instead, he was a film actor who fronted bands for publicity purposes. In 1933–34, Rogers took over the popular Joe Haymes orchestra, to which he added drummer Gene Krupa. His later bands were organized by Milt Shaw.

In 1930, he recorded two records for Columbia as a solo singer with a small jazz band accompanying. In 1932, he signed with Victor and recorded four dance band records with a group organized by drummer, and later actor, Jess Kirkpatrick. In 1938, he signed with Vocalion and recorded six swing records (see discography below).

Career edit

At the 1988 Academy Awards

Nicknamed "Buddy", his most-remembered performance in film was opposite Clara Bow in the 1927 Academy Award winning Wings, the first film ever honored as Best Picture.[1] In 1968, he appeared as himself in an episode of Petticoat Junction titled "Wings", a direct reference to the silent movie.[2]

Recognition edit

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Rogers has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6135 Hollywood Blvd, which was dedicated on February 8, 1960.[3]

Respected by his peers for his work in film and for his humanitarianism, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Rogers in 1986 with The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.[4]

A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to him in 1993.[5]

Personal life edit

On June 24, 1937, Rogers became the third husband of silent film actress Mary Pickford. Their romance had begun in 1927, when they co-starred in My Best Girl,[6] but the two kept their relationship hidden until Pickford's separation and 1936 divorce from Douglas Fairbanks.[citation needed] The couple adopted two children—Roxanne and Ronald—and remained married for 42 years until Pickford's death in 1979.[7][8]

In 1981, Rogers married real estate agent Beverly Ricono.[9]

Death edit

Rogers died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 21, 1999, at the age of 94 of natural causes, and was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cathedral City, near Palm Springs.[10]

Partial filmography edit

Discography edit

As Charles "Buddy" Rogers (America's Boy Friend)

Lupe Vélez, Buddy Rogers, and June Knight in the Broadway musical Hot-Cha! (1932)
  • February 27, 1930 & March 4, 1930
    • (I'd like to be) A Bee in Your Boudoir/My Future Just Passed (Columbia 2183-D)
  • March 4, 1930
    • Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love/(Up on Top of a Rainbow) Sweepin' the Clouds Away (Columbia 2143-D)

As Buddy Rogers and His California Cavaliers

  • April 18, 1932
    • You Fascinate Me/Hello,Gorgeous (Victor 24001)
  • May 11, 1932
    • In My Hideaway/Happy-Go-Lucky You (And Broken-Hearted Me) (Victor 24015)
  • May 18, 1932
    • I Beg Your Pardon, Mademoiselle/With My Sweetie in the Moonlight (Victor 24031)
    • Please Handle with Care/Ask Yourself Who Loves You (Victor 24049)

As Buddy Rogers and his Famous Swing Band (vocals by Buddy Rogers, except Bob Hannon# or Joe Mooney@, or Elizabeth Tilton$)

  • April 5, 1938
    • Lovelight in the Starlight#/This Time It's Real# (Vocalion 4058)
    • Moonshine over Kentucky (v/BR)/Little Lady Make-Believe# (Vocalion 4071)
  • June 29, 1938
    • Figaro#/Meet the Beat of My Heart# (Vocalion 4227)
    • Happy as a Lark (v/BR)/The Sunny Side of Things@ (Vocalion 4240)
  • September 17, 1938
    • You Can't Be Mine (And Someone Else's Too)$/While A Cigarette Was Burning$ (Vocalion 4408)
    • This Is Madness (to Love Like This)#/Rainbow 'Round the Moon (instrumental) (Vocalion 4422)

References edit

  1. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (April 23, 1999). "Buddy Rogers, Star of 'Wings' And Band Leader, Dies at 94". The New York Times. p. 23. ProQuest 431161546. Charles (Rogers) (Buddy) Rogers, the handsome leading man and band leader who starred in Wings (1927), the first film to win an Academy Award, and who later married Mary Pickford, America's Sweetheart, died on Wednesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Mr. Rogers was 94.
  2. ^ Humphrey, Hal (October 25, 1968). "Out of the Air: Buddy Rogers–47 Years Later". East Liverpool Review. p. 15. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  3. ^ "Charles Buddy Rogers". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  4. ^ "The 58th Academy Awards – 1986". AMPAS.
  5. ^ "Palm Springs Walk of Stars". Archived 2017-06-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ UCLA Film & Television Archive program notes for My Best Girl, including comments by Pickford biographer Jeffrey Vance. Accessed April 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Thackrey, Ted (May 30, 1979). "MARY PICKFORD, 'AMERICA'S SWEETHEART,' WAS 86: World's First Real Movie Star Dies". Los Angeles Times. p. 3. ProQuest 158942376. The Rogerses adopted two children, Ronald and Roxanne, and as family concerns moved to center stage in her life, the desire to return to films as an actress diminished ... and finally disappeared altogether.
  8. ^ Luther, Claudia (June 6, 1979). "Foundation Gets Bulk of Pickford Estate: 30-Page Will Includes Small Bequest for Two Children". Los Angeles Times. p. A8. ProQuest 158968628. Rogers, Miss Pickford's husband of 42 years, will receive $25,000 in cash plus much of Miss Pickford's personal property and some real estate. He will also receive at least $48,000 a year in income in a trust set up for him.
  9. ^ Champlin, Charles (August 20, 1995). "INTERVIEW: Glitter Is Now a Warm Glow". Los Angeles Times. p. B1. ProQuest 293158416. Rogers and Beverly Ricono married in 1981. She had been a real estate agent whom Rogers and Pickford had known for years in Palm Springs, where they had a second home.
  10. ^ Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: a guide to the cemeteries and grave sites of the rich and famous. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7627-4101-4. Retrieved June 12, 2023.

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