Kent starred on the football team at Baldwin Park High School. After graduation he attended Citrus Junior College, then accepted a football scholarship to University of Utah in 1962. His first acting job was on the popular The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet. Beginning as a background player, he soon became a regular and remained for the next five years. On July 14, 1962, Kent married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia Lee Doty. The are the proud parents of Kristen, Megan, and Michael. In 1999, Kent received the prestigious Ralph Morgan Award named after the Screen Actors Guild's first president.
October 14, 2000 Kent, along with former co-star Martin Milner, received the Jack Webb Award for their support of LAPD and the community they serve.