Charles "Buddy" Rogers
Rogers in 1929
Charles Edward Rogers
August 13, 1904
Olathe, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||April 21, 1999 (aged 94)|
(m. 1937; died 1979)
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 Boy Friend".
Life and career
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 sweet 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).
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. In 1968, he appeared as himself in an episode of Petticoat Junction titled "Wings", a direct reference to the silent movie.
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, but they kept it on ice until Pickford's separation and 1936 divorce from Douglas Fairbanks. The couple adopted two children—Roxanne (born 1944, adopted in 1944) and Ronald Charles (born 1937, adopted in 1943)—and remained married for 42 years until Pickford's death in 1979. Rogers was reportedly bisexual and may have had an affair with Gene Raymond who was married to Jeanette MacDonald.
- Fascinating Youth (1926) - Teddy Ward
- More Pay, Less Work (1926) - Willia Hinchfield
- So's Your Old Man (1926) - Kenneth Murchison
- Wings (1927) - Jack Powell
- My Best Girl (1927) - Joe Grant
- Get Your Man (1927) - Robert Albin
- Abie's Irish Rose (1928) - Abie Levy
- Varsity (1928) - Jimmy Duffy
- Someone to Love (1928) - William Shelby
- Red Lips (1928) - Hugh Carver / Buddy
- Close Harmony (1929) - Al West
- River of Romance (1929) - Tom Rumford
- Illusion (1929) - Carlee Thorpe
- Half Way to Heaven (1929) - Ned Lee
- Young Eagles (1930) - Lieutenant Robert Banks
- Paramount on Parade (1930) - Buddy Rogers - Episode 'Love Time'
- Safety in Numbers (1930) - William Butler Reynolds
- Follow Thru (1930) - Jerry Downes
- Heads Up (1930) - Jack Mason
- Along Came Youth (1930) - Larry Brooks
- The Slippery Pearls (1931, Short) - 'Buddy' Rogers
- The Lawyer's Secret (1931) - Laurie Roberts
- The Road to Reno (1931) - Tom Wood
- Working Girls (1931) - Boyd Wheeler
- This Reckless Age (1932) - Bradley Ingals
- Best of Enemies (1933) - Jimmie Hartman
- Take a Chance (1933) - Kenneth Raleigh
- Dance Band (1935) - Buddy Morgan
- Old Man Rhythm (1935) - Johnny Roberts
- One in a Million (1936) - Pierre
- Let's Make a Night of It (1937) - Jack Kent
- This Way Please (1937) - Brad Morgan
- Golden Hoofs (1941) - Dean MacArdle
- The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) - Dennis Lindsay
- Sing for Your Supper (1941) - Larry Hays
- Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) - Dennis Lindsay
- Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942) - Dennis Lindsay
- Twelfth Street Rag (1942) - Himself
- An Innocent Affair (1948) - Claude Kimball
- The Parson and the Outlaw (1957) - Rev. Jericho Jones
As Charles "Buddy" Rogers (America's Boy Friend)
- 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$)
- April 15, 1938
- Lovelight in the Starlight#/This Time It's Real# (Vocalion 4058)
- Moonshine over Kentucky (v/BR)/Little Lady Make-Believe# (Vocalion 4071)
- June 29, 1938
- Figaro#/Meet the Beat of My Heart# (Vocalion 4227)
- Happy as a Lark (v/BR)/The Sunny Side of Things@ (Vocalion 4240)
- September 17, 1938
- You Can't Be Mine (And Someone Else's Too)$/While A Cigarette Was Burning$ (Vocalion 4408)
- This Is Madness (to Love Like This)#/Rainbow 'Round the Moon (instrumental) (Vocalion 4422)
- "Charles Buddy Rogers". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- The 58th Academy Awards – 1986
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars Archived 2017-06-26 at the Wayback Machine
- UCLA Film & Television Archive program notes for My Best Girl, including comments by Pickford biographer Jeffrey Vance. Accessed April 26, 2016.
- Rich, Sharon (1994). Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair, On Screen and Off, Between Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. New York: David I. Fine. pp. 185–186. ISBN 9781556114076; Wayne, Jane Ellen (2002). The Golden Girls of MGM. London: Robson. pp. xvii, 20. ISBN 9781861054074; Dick, Bernard F. (2001). Hollywood Madonna: Loretta Young. Jackson, Miss.: University of Mississippi Press. p. 49. ISBN 9781617030796.
- 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, CT: Globe Pequot Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7627-4101-4. OCLC 70284362.
- "Charles "Buddy" Rogers biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2009.
- Van Gelder, Lawrence (April 23, 1999). "Buddy Rogers, Star of 'Wings' And Band Leader, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
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