Charles "Buddy" Rogers

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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1904 in Olathe, Kansas, USA


Actor (26)

Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mary Pickford: A Life on Film 1998 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Parson and the Outlaw 1957 (Movie)

Reverend Jericho Jones (Actor)

Wings 1927 (Movie)

John "Jack" Powell (Actor)

Abie's Irish Rose (Movie)


Babes in Toyland (Movie)

Simple Simon (Actor)

Best of Enemies (Movie)

Jimmie Hartman (Actor)

Close Harmony (Movie)

Al West (Actor)

Illusion (Movie)

Carlee Thorpe (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (Movie)

Dennis Lindsay (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire at Sea (Movie)

Dennis Lindsay (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire's Baby (Movie)

Dennis Lindsay (Actor)

My Best Girl (Movie)

Joe Grant (Actor)

Old Man Rhythm (Movie)

Johnny Rogers (Actor)

Pack up Your Troubles (Movie)

Rogers the Butler (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Pardon Us (Movie)

Insurgent Convict (Actor)

Red Lips (Movie)


So's Your Old Man (Movie)

Kenneth Murchison (Actor)

Take a Chance (Movie)

Kenneth Raleigh (Actor)

The Bohemian Girl (Movie)


The Dancing Masters (Movie)

Butler (Actor)

The Reckless Age (Movie)

Bradley Ingals (Actor)

The Road to Reno (Movie)

Tom Wood (Actor)

They Raid by Night (Movie)

Harry (Actor)
Producer (1)

The Adventures of Don Coyote (Movie)



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.


Mary Pickford Actor

Co-starred in "My Best Girl" (1927) Married June 26, 1937 until her death May 29, 1979; he was 11 years her junior

Beverly Ricono

Married July 23, 1981 until his death April 21, 1999

Bert Rogers


Maude Rogers


Roxanne Rogers

Born 1944 Adopted 1944 as a baby Became estranged from adoptive parents at age 18 Died 2007 from osteoporosis

Ronald Rogers

Born 1937 Adopted 1943 at age six Became estranged from adoptive parents

Claire Windsor Actor

Had relationship in late 1920s


University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas



Executive produced documentary "Mary Pickford: A Life on Film"


Final screen appearance, "The Parson and the Outlaw"; also produced


Produced Douglas Sirk's "Sleep, My Love"; Pickford also produced after 12 years away from films


Returned to screen after six year absence in "An Innocent Affair/Don't Trust Your Husband"


Produced Cy Enfield's "Stork Bites Man"


First producing credits, two movies directed by Reginald LeBorg "Little Iodine" and "Susie Steps Out" (also produced LeBorg's "Adventures of Don Coyote," 1947)


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)


Played playboy son of George Barbier in Edward Ludwig's fluffy musical "Old Man Rhythm"


Acted in movie musical "Take a Chance"


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


Reteamed with Wellman for "Young Eagles," once again playing a WWI American pilot


First time headlining a movie, "Varsity"; also his first talkie, which contained 13 minutes of dialogue mostly in last 10 minutes of film


Acted opposite future wife Mary Pickford in "My Best Girl" (Pickford's final silent movie)


Starred in first Oscar-winning Best Picture, silent film "Wings"; second feature directed by William Wellman; also starred Clara Bow


Film debut, "Fascinating Youth" alongside other winners of talent search


Chosen by Paramount to take six-month training course for actors


Father submitted photograph to Famous Players-Lasky nationwide talent search; one of 20 selected for a screen test

Bonus Trivia


Rogers and Mary Pickford were two of the early donors to the Motion Picture and Television Home.


He had an award named after him that was presented by the Hollywood Women's Press Club.


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