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Eddie Cline was a director, writer, sometime actor, full time gag man and best friend to more than a few comedy legends of the big screen. He worked during the silent era, the golden age of Hollywood and the golden age of Television. During his prolific career, he played a key role in the best work of Buster Keaton and W C Fields. Eddie was born Kenosha (the hometown of another director, Orson Welles). In his late teens, Cline migrated west and began a career in Hollywood as one of Mack Sennett's Keystone Cops. As a cop, he took his orders from the Chief of Keystone Police - La Crosse, Wisconsin native, Ford Sterling. Cline, a natural comic with a deadly sense of timing, was soon assisting Sennett as a co-director and gag writer. By early 1916, he was directing two reel comedy shorts - the life blood of the Keystone Studios operation. He soon met Buster Keaton a young