Vernon Dent

Vernon Bruce Dent (February 16, 1895 – November 5, 1963) was an American comic actor, who appeared in over 400 films. He co-starred in many short films for Columbia Pictures, frequently as the foil, main antagonist, and an ally to The Three Stooges.

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.

Sennett voided all contracts when it came time to retool his studio for sound, and Dent moved to Educational Pictures in 1929. Dent's supporting performances were frequently funnier than the sometimes uninspired antics of the nominal stars. When Educational hired Harry Langdon for a series of two-reelers in 1932, Vernon Dent resumed his place as Langdon's co-star.

Dent joined Columbia Pictures' short-subject department in 1935, and achieved his greatest success there. He went on to work with practically every star on the payroll, including Andy Clyde, Charley Chase, and Eddie Quillan (all fellow Mack Sennett alumni), as well as Buster Keaton, El Brendel, Vera Vague, Hugh Herbert, Gus Schilling and Richard Lane, Harry von Zell, and Bert Wheeler. Dent appeared very occasionally in feature films, including Million Dollar Legs, Chip Off the Old Block, The Harvey Girls, Rockin' in the Rockies, and Kill the Umpire. In feature films he sometimes played character roles with a German dialect, which served him well during World War II with war-themed films in production.

Dent was most often featured in the Three Stooges comedies; in fact, he made more appearances in their films than any other supporting actor (96). Dent also appeared with The Three Stooges on a live CBS Television broadcast of The Frank Sinatra Show on January 1, 1952. Through his association with the Stooges, Dent became a close friend of Shemp Howard.

Away from motion pictures, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Vernon Dent owned and operated a soda fountain and refreshments concession at Westlake Park in Los Angeles. Mrs. Dent recalled:

This ultimately resulted in a diagnosis of diabetes later in life, and Vernon Dent eventually lost his vision. Even this affliction didn't stop his career; producer-director Jules White, filming low-budget remakes of earlier comedies, hired Vernon Dent for a few new scenes to match his older ones. Dent, now legally blind, delivered enthusiastic performances while in static or seated positions accommodating his low vision. He retired from performing in 1954 but he continued to appear in previously filmed footage from his earlier shorts; as such, his last "appearance" was in the Stooge short Guns a Poppin (1957). Dent had appeared in over 400 films by the time he retired.

Dent attended Shemp Howard's funeral in 1955. By that time, he was completely blind and had to be led to Shemp's casket. Character actor Emil Sitka was one of many at the event who did not know Dent had lost his sight:

Dent's diabetes worsened after his retirement, limiting his activities. He died of a heart attack on November 5, 1963. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Hillside plot, grave L-3796.


Geburtsdatum:16.02.1895 (♒ Wassermann)
Geburtsort:San José
Nationalität:Vereinigte Staaten