Kent Rogers
General information
Born: Kent Byron Rogers
July 31, 1923
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Died: July 9, 1944 (aged 20)
Pensacola, Florida
Cause of death: Killed in training flight accident in World War Two
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Occupation(s): Actor
Years active: 1937-1944

Kent Byron Rogers (July 31, 1923 - July 9, 1944) was an American actor and impressionist.


Kent did voice work for the 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon "Hollywood Steps Out" where he voiced every male celebrity excluding Jerry Colonna who was voiced by Mel Blanc. His notable voice role was Beaky Buzzard who debuted in the 1942 Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid". He also did voice work for several of Tex Avery's cartoons at MGM including "Who Killed Who" and "What's Buzzin' Buzzard".[1] Rogers was also the voice of Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker succeeding both Mel Blanc and Danny Webb and he also was the voice of Homer Pigeon who starred in two cartoons.


Rogers was an Ensign in the United States Navy during World War II and was tragically killed in an aircraft crash while towing a target during a training flight.[2] At the time of his death, he had just completed voice work for Bob Clampett's "The Bashful Buzzard," which was released a year after he died. Following his death, the characters that he voiced, Beaky Buzzard, Henery Hawk, and Junyer Bear were recast with Mel Blanc voicing the former two and Stan Freberg voicing the latter.

Looney Roles

also see Category:Characters voiced by Kent Rogers and Category:Cartoons with characters voiced by Kent Rogers


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