Charles "Buddy" Rogers (born on August 13, 1904; died on April 21, 1999) was an American actor and jazz musician.
Born in Olathe, Kansas, Rogers studied at the University of Kansas where he became an active member of Phi Kappa Psi. In the mid-1920's he began acting professionally in Hollywood films. 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." A talented trombonist skilled on several other musical instruments, Rogers performed with his own jazz band in motion pictures and on radio.
In 1937, Rogers became the third husband of silent film legend Mary Pickford, a woman twelve years his senior. The couple had 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.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a flight training instructor.
Wings is a 1927 silent movie about World War I fighter pilots Charles 'Buddy' Rogers and Richard Arlen who vie for the attentions of Jobyna Ralston. The film was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (then called "Best Picture, Production") in 1929, the Academy Award for Engineering Effects and one of two to win Best Picture. The film was written by John Monk Saunders (story), Louis D. Lighton and Hope Loring, and was directed by William A. Wellman, with an original orchestral score by John Stepan Zamecnik (J S Zamecnik), which was uncredited.
It is the first known film to feature a male-on-male kiss, a fraternal one, between the two main characters, pilots and good friends Jack Powell and David, played by Charles 'Buddy' Rogers and Richard Arlen.
The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Academy Award Wins (1929)