Vernon Bruce Dent (February 16, 1895–November 5, 1963) was a comic actor who co-starred in many short films for Columbia Pictures. He was frequently cast as the irascible foil to the Three Stooges' comic antics. He appeared in the most of Three Stooges Shorts, but stop appearing after the Shemp Era. He did appear in a few more Stooge Shorts in the Joe Besser era, but only in stock footage. He died on November 5, 1963 at age 68 from a heart attack.