Frederick McFeely "Fred" Rogers (March 20, 1928 - February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He is best known for making the program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran on National Educational Television and its successor PBS from 1968-2001.
He was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and of English, German, and Scottish descent. He was named after his maternal grandfather from Scotland named Frederick McFeely. His parents co-owned a Pittsburgh-based brick company. Mr. Rogers was very well known for his kind demeanor. He also never drank any alcoholic beverages nor did he use any tobacco product. He also never used profanity and was a vegetarian. Even though he supported gun control and was an environmentalist, it should be noted that he was also against illegal drugs, gambling, pornography, and prostitution. There were rumors about him serving in the military during the Vietnam War and having tattoos covered by his sweater's sleeves. Both of these rumors were completely false as he appeared on television frequently during the war and he was very clean cut with no tattoos at all. He had two children of his own named James Byrd Rogers (born 1959) and John Frederick Rogers (born 1961). In 2003, he died of stomach cancer. Following his death, his production company, Family Communications, was renamed to The Fred Rogers Company and began production of new children's shows such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (an animated sequel to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood).