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Also Known As: Leonard Marx, Chico [Marx] Died: October 11, 1961
Born: March 26, 1887 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, pianist, bandleader

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Chico (variously pronounced as "Cheek-o" and "Chik-o") was the dumb but wisecracking, piano-playing Marx Brother, whose character protected the innocent Harpo while flummoxing the all-knowing Groucho. Wearing a dark curly wig, a pointed hat and a goofy grin, he portrayed an Italian stereotype common in early 20th-century vaudeville which would later be deemed offensive. The eldest of the brothers, Chico (supposedly nicknamed for his success with "chicks") started his career with brother Harpo, after teenaged jobs as a pianist and wrestler. Such acts as "Fun in Hi Skool" (1911) and ""Home Again" (1914), helped the brothers hone their stage personalities: notably the smart-mouthed con-man (Groucho), the dumb Italian (Chico) and the mute faun (Harpo).

Chico (variously pronounced as "Cheek-o" and "Chik-o") was the dumb but wisecracking, piano-playing Marx Brother, whose character protected the innocent Harpo while flummoxing the all-knowing Groucho. Wearing a dark curly wig, a pointed hat and a goofy grin, he portrayed an Italian stereotype common in early 20th-century vaudeville which would later be deemed offensive. The eldest of the brothers, Chico (supposedly nicknamed for his success with "chicks") started his career with brother Harpo, after teenaged jobs as a pianist and wrestler. Such acts as "Fun in Hi Skool" (1911) and ""Home Again" (1914), helped the brothers hone their stage personalities: notably the smart-mouthed con-man (Groucho), the dumb Italian (Chico) and the mute faun (Harpo).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Newsfront (1978) Himself (Archival Footage)
2.
 The Story of Mankind (1957) Monk
3.
 Love Happy (1950) Faustino [the Great]
4.
 A Night in Casablanca (1946) Corbaccio
5.
 The Big Store (1941) Ravelli
6.
 Go West (1940) Joe Panello
7.
 At the Circus (1939) Antonio
8.
 Room Service (1938) Binelli
9.
 A Day at the Races (1937) Tony
10.
 A Night at the Opera (1935) Fiorello
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1920:
Toured Keith-Albee vaudeville circuit with brothers
1923:
Broadway debut, in "I'll Say She Is"
1929:
Film debut in "The Cocoanuts"
1940:
Worked as bandleader during WWII
1944:
Acted in revue "Take a Bow"
1946:
Opened chain of Los Angeles restaurants
1948:
Made TV debut, without brothers
1949:
Played London Palladium with Harpo
1956:
Final stage appearance, "The Fifth Season"
1957:
Final film, "The Story of Mankind"
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Notes

Age variously given as 70, 75 and 76 at time of death.

"His parody of an Italian offended no one because despite the farcical amorality of his activities, the character came through as an essentially kind and sweet person"--NEW YORK TIMES obituary, October 12, 1961

"All his life Chico has had an uncanny talent for turning up prospects. It was he who first put us on Broadway, and made us internationally famous. It was Chico who turned up the producer--Irving Thalberg--who put us into Grade-A movies."--Harpo Marx quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 12, 1961

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wife:
Betty Carb.
wife:
Mary De Vithers. Actor. Survived him.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Samuel Marx. Tailor. Born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1860; died 1933.
mother:
Minnie Marx. Vaudevillian. Born in Germany.
uncle:
Al Shean. Vaudevillian. Brother of Minnie Marx; born 1868; died 1949; half of vaudeville team Gallagher and Shean.
brother:
Manfred Marx. Died in infancy.
brother:
Harpo Marx. Actor, harpist. Born 1888; died 1964.
brother:
Groucho Marx. Actor. Born 1890; died 1977.
brother:
Gummo Marx. Actor, agent. Born 1892; died 1977.
brother:
Zeppo Marx. Actor, agent. Born 1901; died 1979.
daughter:
Maxine Culhane. Mother Betty Carb.
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