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Kent Byron Rogers (July 31, 1923 – July 9, 1944) was an American actor and impressionist who appeared in several live-action shorts and features, and a voice actor for Warner Bros. Cartoons and Walter Lantz Productions.
Kent Byron Rogers
July 31, 1923
|Died||July 9, 1944 (aged 20)|
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Killed in training flight accident in World War II|
Rogers amassed an impressive resume of roles during his short career. For Warner Bros. Cartoons he portrayed several Hollywood stars in Hollywood Steps Out, and lent his voice to The Heckling Hare, Porky's Pastry Pirates, Horton Hatches the Egg, The Squawkin' Hawk and Super-Rabbit. Rogers also provided the original voice of Beaky Buzzard in Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid and The Bashful Buzzard. He also provided the voice of Junior Bear in Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears, the initial 1944 entry of Chuck Jones' The Three Bears series, and the original voice of Henery Hawk in The Squawkin' Hawk.
In 1941, he had a rare on-camera role as Henry, a boy who had a talent for doing impressions, in the film All-American Co-Ed.
Rogers died in the crash of a training flight at Pensacola, Florida, while he was an Ensign in the United States Navy during World War II on July 9, 1944, twenty two days before his 21st birthday. Stan Freberg replaced Rogers as the voice of Junior Bear and Mel Blanc replaced Rogers as the voice of both Henery Hawk and Beaky Buzzard, though Beaky Buzzard's appearances were limited after Rogers' death.
Rogers is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.