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The Men Behind Mr. McFeely on A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood [Exclusive]

The Men Behind Mr. McFeely on A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood [Exclusive]

There has been a massive resurgence in the past couple of years when it comes to people's love and appreciation for Fred Rogers, the man behind Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This is in large part thanks to the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and last year's oscar-nominated biopic, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. But Rogers didn't build his legacy alone. One of the most important supporting players in that legacy is David Newell, the man who played Mr. McFeely, Rogers' iconic speedy delivery man.

It would have been nearly impossible to imagine a version of director Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood without Mr. McFeely. Heller's movie, which focuses on Fred Rogers' relationship with journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) in his later years, mirrors an episode of the TV show, but one aimed at adults. Much like Tom Hanks was tasked with bringing Fred Rogers to live on the big screen,

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