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Harry Peter Gribbon.
June 9, 1885
New York City, U.S.
|Died||July 28, 1961 76) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Rubber Face Harry|
Silk Hat Harry
(m. 1918;died 1948)
|Relatives||Eddie Gribbon (brother)|
Harry Peter Gribbon (June 9, 1885 – July 28, 1961) was an American film actor, comedian and director known for The Cameraman (1928), Show People (1928) and Art Trouble (1934). He appeared in 144 films between 1915 and 1938. Many of his films from this era have been lost.
Harry Peter Gribbon was born on June 9, 1885 in New York City.[ citation needed ] He was the brother of actor Eddie Gribbon.
Gribbon started in vaudeville, performing on the Keith, Orpheum, and Pantages circuits,and in 1913 he became the leading man in the Ziegfeld Follies. He performed on stage in approximately 200 productions, including Buster Brown, The Man Who Owned Broadway, and The Red Widow, after which Mack Sennett signed him to make films. Gribbon's Broadway credits included Meet a Body (1944), Mr. Big (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Delicate Story (1940), and Alley Cat (1934).
Gribbon worked for the L-KO Kompany. From 1915, Gribbon worked in silent cinema, first at Lubin under the sobriquet 'Rubber-faced Harry', which became 'Silk Hat Harry', when he joined Keystone later that year as top-hatted, amply moustachioed comic villain. During the sound era, acted in several RKO/Pathe short comedies.
Gribbon was married to actress May Emory. He died on July 28, 1961, in Los Angeles, Californiaat the Motion Picture Country Home.
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