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Also Known As: Julius Henry Marx, Groucho [Marx] Died: August 19, 1977
Born: October 2, 1890 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: comedian, actor, TV host, radio host, writer

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With his signature glasses, cigar and grease-painted mustache, Groucho Marx led the manic madness of The Marx Brothers in more than a dozen films, highlighted by his rapid-fire, sardonic wit and mastery of the double entendre. Encouraged by their ambitious mother, Groucho and his brothers crafted their individual personas while toiling on the vaudeville circuit for more than 15 years before taking their act to Broadway in 1924. Working with writers like George S. Kaufman and ensemble players like Margaret Dumont, Groucho and the Marx Brothers eventually brought their comedic chaos to the cinema with such early hits as "The Cocoanuts" (1929), "Animal Crackers" (1930) and "Monkey Business" (1931). Underappreciated in its day, "Duck Soup" (1933) found the group at their unbridled creative peak, while the more structured "A Night at the Opera" (1935) and "A Day at the Races" (1937) were undeniably crowd pleasers. Although The Marx Brothers' film career began to wane in the years leading up to World War II, Groucho enjoyed a lengthy second career as the beloved host of the long-running game show "You Bet Your Life" (NBC, 1950-1961), which began on radio in 1947. Outliving his brothers Chico and Harpo and...

With his signature glasses, cigar and grease-painted mustache, Groucho Marx led the manic madness of The Marx Brothers in more than a dozen films, highlighted by his rapid-fire, sardonic wit and mastery of the double entendre. Encouraged by their ambitious mother, Groucho and his brothers crafted their individual personas while toiling on the vaudeville circuit for more than 15 years before taking their act to Broadway in 1924. Working with writers like George S. Kaufman and ensemble players like Margaret Dumont, Groucho and the Marx Brothers eventually brought their comedic chaos to the cinema with such early hits as "The Cocoanuts" (1929), "Animal Crackers" (1930) and "Monkey Business" (1931). Underappreciated in its day, "Duck Soup" (1933) found the group at their unbridled creative peak, while the more structured "A Night at the Opera" (1935) and "A Day at the Races" (1937) were undeniably crowd pleasers. Although The Marx Brothers' film career began to wane in the years leading up to World War II, Groucho enjoyed a lengthy second career as the beloved host of the long-running game show "You Bet Your Life" (NBC, 1950-1961), which began on radio in 1947. Outliving his brothers Chico and Harpo and outlasting nearly all his contemporaries, the 82-year-old comedian had the crowd in stitches one last time with a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in 1972. Long before his passing, Groucho had become more than a movie star and comic legend - he was an indelible part of American iconography.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lipstick & Dynamite (2004) Cast
2.
 MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) (Archival Footage)
3.
 Skidoo (1968) "God"
4.
 The Story of Mankind (1957) Peter Minuit
5.
 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) Georgie Schmidlap
6.
 A Girl in Every Port (1952) Benny Linn
7.
 Double Dynamite (1951) Emil Keck
8.
 Mr. Music (1950) Himself
9.
 Love Happy (1950) Detective Sam Grunion, narrator of the story
10.
 Copacabana (1947) Lionel Q. Devereaux
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Milestones close milestones

1900:
Acted with Gus Edwards' kiddie troup
1904:
Left school and toured with The Larong Trio
1910:
Formed The Three Nightingales with mother and aunt
1915:
Played the Palace in NYC for the first time; earned $1500 per week
1920:
Booked onto Keith-Albee vaudeville circuit with brothers
1923:
Broadway debut in "I'll Say She Is"
1929:
Film debut in "The Cocoanuts"
1947:
First film without brothers, "Copacabana"
1947:
Hosted "You Bet Your Life" on radio
1950:
Hosted "You Bet Your Life" on TV (NBC)
1962:
Served as host of the CBS gameshow "Tell It to Groucho"
1968:
Last film, "Skidoo"
1972:
Played Carnegie Hall in "An Evening of Groucho"
1977:
Grandson Andrew named conservator of estate after lengthy battle between Marx family and Erin Fleming
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Education

P S 85: New York , New York -

Notes

Note should also be made of actress Margaret Dumont, "the female Marx Brother", who appeared in seven films with the brothers and certainly contributed more to their act than actual brothers Zeppo and Gummo.

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wife:
Ruth Johnson. Married 1920; divorced 1942.
wife:
Kay Gorcey. Actor. Married 1945; divorced 1951; previously married to actor Leo Gorcey.
wife:
Eden Hartford. Model. Married 1954; divorced 1969.
companion:
Erin Fleming. Actress. Born 1939; together from 1970.
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father:
Samuel Marx. Tailor. Born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1860; died in 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.
brother:
Chico Marx. Actor, pianist, bandleader. Born 1887; died 1961.
brother:
Harpo Marx. Actor, harpist. Born 1888; died 1964.
brother:
Gummo Marx. Actor, agent, tailor. Born 1892; died 1977.
brother:
Zeppo Marx. Actor, agent. Born 1901; died 1979.
daughter:
Miriam Marx. By first wife.
daughter:
Melinda Marx. By second wife.
grandson:
Andrew Marx. Survived him.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Beds"
"Many Happy Returns: A Guide to Your Income Tax Problems"
"Life with Groucho"
"Groucho and Me"
"Memoirs of a Mangy Lover"
"The Groucho Letters"
"Son of Groucho"
"The Marx Brothers Scrapbook"
"The Grouchophile"
"The Secret Word Is Groucho"
"Groucho: The Lie and Times of Julius Henry Marx" Alfred A. Knopf
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