Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was one of those rare shows that, though made for children, managed to touch all who watched it. Fred Rogers found a way to discuss important topics — like getting along with siblings, dealing with bullies in school, and even divorce — in a way that never felt condescending. Now, more than five decades after the first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood aired, Mister Rogers' legacy continues to thrive. With plans for Tom Hanks to play the beloved TV icon in an upcoming biopic You Are My Friend, Mister Rogers will finally be on the big screen, all these years later.
Though we all know Mister Rogers as a kind-hearted older man — a grandfather, really — who always has a wise word to say (seriously, Mister Rogers' quotes will leave you feeling calm, comforted, and ready to take on the world), there's so much we don't know about the real Fred Rogers. Maybe you've heard those pesky rumors that Mister Rogers was a Navy SEAL? What about Mister Rogers' wife and children? We answer all your questions — and even some you didn't know you had — so read on!
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