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Character comedian Vernon Dent started out in show business as part of a singing troupe, and his friend Hank Mann -- one of the Keystone Kops for comedy producer Mack Sennett -- got him into comedy shorts during the 1920s. Dent did his own series of comedy shorts for Pathe Studios and then did a number of shorts with baby-faced comedian Harry Langdon for Sennett. After Langdon left Sennett to make his own features, Dent stayed on in support of comics like Billy Bevan and Ralph Graves, and in the 1930s, after Langdon's star had waned, Dent again supported him in a series of comedy shorts for Educational Pictures. In 1935, Dent signed with Columbia Studios, and they kept him busy in short subjects and also some features, including two bits in Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Meet John Doe." Dent is probably best known, though, as a foil for The Three Stooges in several of their comic shorts.
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Vernon Bruce Dent (February 16, 1895 - November 5, 1963) was a comic actor who co-starred in many short films for Columbia Pictures. He was frequently cast as the irascible foil to the Three Stooges' comic antics. By the time Dent retired from film in 1954, he had appeared in over 400 films. In the early 1920s Dent was a fixture at the Mack Sennett studio, working with comedians Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, and especially Harry Langdon. Dent alternately played breezy pals and blustery authority figures opposite Langdon's timid character. Dent joined Columbia Pictures' short-subject department in 1935, and achieved his greatest success there. and went on to work with practically every star on the payroll. He suffered from diabetes later in life, and eventually went blind. Dent's diabetes worsened after his retirement, limiting his activities. He died of a heart attack on November 5, 1963.
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