Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001462121: EDDIE GRIBBON

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Highly rare vintage fountain pen signature on a 1x2-inch portion of a tan scrapbook page, acquired in-person in the 1940s or 1950s.  In good condition, with a minor tear to the upper left-hand corner tip, not affecting the writing itself.  Friendly-faced character actor Eddie Gribbon made his bones on the vaudeville stage before entering films in 1916, at the behest of Mack Sennett.  After playing scores of townsmen, farmers, sailors, detectives, guards, taxi drivers, and henchmen in silent comedy shorts and features alongside the likes of Chester Conklin, Tom Kennedy, Ford Sterling, Bert Roach, Marie Prevost, Billy Bevan, Louise Fazenda, Charles Murray, and James Finlayson, he secured lasting fame as one of the original Keystone Cops.  During the talkie era, Gribbon continued in supporting roles, popping up in classic films like Another Thin Man (1939), Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), L'il Abner (1940), and the Joe Palooka series of the 1940s.