Fast Facts

  • Ordained as a Presbyterian minister.
  • All of the sweaters he wore on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood were knitted by his mother, until her death in 1981.
  • Testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications in 1969 to defend funding for public broadcasting.
  • In 1971, formed the nonprofit company Family Communications Inc., which produced Mister Rogers' Neighborhood; the name was later changed to the Fred Rogers Company.
  • Composed more than 200 songs.
  • Won four Daytime Emmys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
  • Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Received more than 40 honorary degrees from colleges and universities.
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
  • Last public appearance was as grand marshal of the 2003 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Cal.


  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming: Nominee
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Nominee
  • 1992, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
  • 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming: Nominee


  • Elaine Rogers — Sister
  • James Hill Rogers — Father
  • James Rogers — Son
  • John Rogers — Son
  • Nancy McFeely Rogers — Mother
  • Sara Rogers — Wife


  • Attended Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (BA in Music, 1951); Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA (MDiv, 1962); attended University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Birth Name: Fred McFeely Rogers
  • Birth Place: Latrobe, PA
  • Died: February 27, 2003
  • Profession: TV host, Producer, Writer

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