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Possessed of an excellent comic sneer and a variety of goofy grimaces, Eddie Gribbon first arrived on the Mack Sennett lot in 1916 and remained a reliable Sennett player throughout the 1920s. At other studios, he was usually cast as a dumb detective, never more effectively than in the 1926 version of the war-horse stage melodrama The Gorilla. In the talkie era, Gribbon played major roles in 2-reelers and minor ones in features. He was given generous screen time as one of Adenoid Hynkel's storm troopers in Chaplin's The Great Dictator, and as Canvasback the trainer in Monogram's "Joe Palooka" series of the late 1940s. Eddie Gribbon was the brother of another Sennett veteran, character actor Harry Gribbon.

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