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Vernon Dent



Actor Vernon Dent launched his career in stock companies and as one-third of a singing cabaret trio. Silent comedian Hank Mann, impressed by Dent's girth (250 pounds) and comic know-how, helped Vernon enter films in 1919. Dent starred in a 2-reel series at the Pacific Film Company, then settled in at Mack Sennett studios as a supporting player, generally cast as a heavy. During his Sennett years, Dent was most often teamed with pasty-faced comedian Harry Langdon, who became his lifelong friend and co-worker. Remaining with Sennett until the producer closed down his studio in 1933, Dent moved to Educational Pictures, where he was afforded equal billing with Harry Langdon; and when Langdon moved to Columbia Pictures in 1934, Dent followed, remaining a mainstay of the Columbia 2-reel stock company until 1953. Here he was featured with such comic luminaries as Andy Clyde, Buster Keaton, Hugh Herbert, Vera Vague, and especially the Three Stooges. Among Dent's dozens of talkie feature-film credits were W.C. Fields' Million Dollar Legs (1932) and You're Telling Me (1934); in one of his rare feature starring roles, Dent played a boisterous, wife-beating sailor in the 1932 "B" Dragnet Patrol. Well-connected politically in the Los Angeles area, Dent supplemented his acting income by running the concession stand at Westlake Park. Vernon Dent retired in the mid-1950s, due to total blindness brought about by diabetes; the ever-upbeat actor was so well-adjusted to his handicap that many of Dent's close friends were unaware that he was blind.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 30 Years of Fun
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Bonanza Town
  • Whiskers
1951
No Score Yet Malice in the Palace
  • Hassan Ben Sober
1949
No Score Yet It Had to Be You
  • Man in Drugstore
1947
No Score Yet Wild Harvest
  • Farmer
1947
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Bartender
1947
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Conductor
1947
No Score Yet Night Editor (The Trespasser)
  • Fat Man
1946
100% The Harvey Girls
  • Engineer
1946
No Score Yet Rockin' in the Rockies, (Partners in Fortune)
  • Stanton
1945
No Score Yet Once upon a Time
  • Business Man
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Quartette
1944
86% The Glass Key
  • Bartender
1942
100% My Favorite Blonde
  • Ole, Bartender
1942
No Score Yet House of Errors
  • Actor
1942
89% Meet John Doe
  • Man
1941
No Score Yet Misbehaving Husbands
  • Sgt. Murphy
1940
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast
  • Chef
1940
No Score Yet From Nurse To Worse
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Lady in Question
  • Gendarme
1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife
  • Man
1940
No Score Yet Pardon My Berth Marks
  • Actor
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Senate reporter
1939
No Score Yet Stanley and Livingstone
  • Newspaperman
1939
100% Only Angels Have Wings
  • Ship Captain
1939
No Score Yet Hitler -- Beast of Berlin
  • Lustig
1939
No Score Yet A Doggone Mixup
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory
  • Refuse Man
1938
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • Expressman
1938
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Actor
1938
91% The Awful Truth
  • Police Sergeant
1937
100% Easy Living
  • Partner
1937
100% San Francisco
  • Fat Man
1936
No Score Yet The Painted Veil
  • Chief of Police
1934
85% Manhattan Melodrama
  • Old German Man
1934
No Score Yet You're Telling Me
  • Fat Man in Train
1934
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs
  • Secretary of Agriculture
1932
No Score Yet The Riding Tornado
  • Bartender Hefty
1932
No Score Yet Texas Cyclone
  • Hefty
1932
No Score Yet Dragnet Patrol
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Dream House
  • Actor
1932
100% The Cameraman
  • Man in Bathing Suit
1928
No Score Yet Caution: Funny Men at Work!
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet His First Flame
  • Amos McCarthy
1927
No Score Yet Baby Face Harry Langdon
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet His Marriage Wow
  • Professor McGlumm
1925
No Score Yet Picking Peaches
  • Actor
1924
No Score Yet The Extra Girl
  • Aaron Applejohn
1923
No Score Yet Soul of the Beast
  • The Boob
1923
No Score Yet The Desperate Scoundrel
  • Actor
1916

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