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Rodger Parsons (also known as Ken Gates) is an American voice actor for the English-language dub of the Pokémon anime. He is a graduate of New York University and holds a BFA degree in Television, Motion Pictures, Radio.

He is affiliated with TAJ Productions and later DuArt, his major recurring role of the series' narrator was being re-casted to Mike Pollock following the dub studio's relocation to 4Kids' personal studio for Series 6, Series 7, and Series 8.




Video games

  • Announcer (Pokémon Battle Revolution)
  • Narrator (Dissidia: Final Fantasy)

Non-Pokémon series

  • Valkyrie Profile - Odin, Brahms
  • WordGirl - Intsrstills Announcer


  • Parsons' first name was misspelled as "Roger" in the credits for Season 10 episodes.
  • He along with Rachael Lillis were two of the few members in the English dub of the series to return after 4kids lost the rights to dub the series to The Pokémon Company International in 2006. Though, he only returned in Series 9 as the narrator after a three in a half season hiatus.