Kent Bellows, named at birth Jeffery Kent Bellows, was born on June 26, 1949 in Blair, Nebraska, United States. He was a first-born of Vernon Bellows, a commercial artist and watercolorist, and Phyllis Jensen Bellows who later had two daughters, Bellows’ sisters, Deborah and Robin.
In his childhood, young Kent was fascinated by the cinema, the passion that remained through his life. The boy was a frequent guest of the Saturday matinees at the Town Theater. As to the museums, Bellows visited them for the first time in Chicago and New York at the age of fifteen due to his grandmother.
In 1965, the family relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, United States.