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Also Known As: Adolph Marx, Arthur Marx, Harpo [Marx] Died: September 28, 1964
Born: November 21, 1888 Cause of Death: heart attack following surgery
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, harpist, bellboy

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This mute, blond-wigged naif Marx Brother evolved from a girl-chasing faun to a sweet innocent. The most fey and absurdist of the brothers, Harpo's art was closer to 19th century French mime than to American vaudeville. He worked as a bellboy while learning the harp which became his trademark. He and older brother Chico formed a comedy duo around the turn of the century, and by the early 1910s he was in vaudeville with Chico, Groucho and Gummo in acts like "Fun in Hi Skool" (1911) and "Welcome Home" (1914), both penned by their uncle Al Shean.

This mute, blond-wigged naif Marx Brother evolved from a girl-chasing faun to a sweet innocent. The most fey and absurdist of the brothers, Harpo's art was closer to 19th century French mime than to American vaudeville. He worked as a bellboy while learning the harp which became his trademark. He and older brother Chico formed a comedy duo around the turn of the century, and by the early 1910s he was in vaudeville with Chico, Groucho and Gummo in acts like "Fun in Hi Skool" (1911) and "Welcome Home" (1914), both penned by their uncle Al Shean.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Going Hollywood: The War Years (1983) Himself (Archival Footage)
2.
 The Story of Mankind (1957) Isaac Newton
3.
 Love Happy (1950) Harpo
4.
 A Night in Casablanca (1946) Rusty
5.
6.
 The Big Store (1941) Wacky
7.
 Go West (1940) "Rusty" Panello
8.
 At the Circus (1939) Punchy
9.
 Room Service (1938) Faker [Englund]
10.
 A Day at the Races (1937) Stuffy
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1904:
Formed comedy team with brother Chico
1910:
Joined Groucho, Gummo and Chico in "The Four Nightingales" act
1920:
Toured on Ketih-Albee vaudeville circuit with brothers
1923:
Broadway debut, in "I'll Say She Is"
1925:
Film debut, in "Too Many Kisses"
1929:
Talking film debut, in "The Cocoanuts"
1934:
Toured the Soviet Union
1940:
Spoke onstage for first time in "The Man Who Came to Dinner"
1957:
Last film, "The Story of Mankind"
1963:
Retired due to heart problems
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Notes

"While Groucho and Chico were concerned with the elaborate flip-flops of their plots, Harpo was having fun. He was always wise to their maneuvers, and would often offer an assist or miraculously inspired suggestion to help the monkey business along. But invariably at some point in the scramble, Harpo and the pace would slow down and he would withdraw to the comfort of his harp. Then he would play sweet music. Love and bliss would shine in his eyes. And the pathos of being a cheerful misfit and a buffoon to maniacs would be revealed. There was no common sense in the character. It was a whimsey, a hare-brained caricature. But it sweetly suggested life's derangements and something of its haunting mystery."--Bosley Crowther in THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 29, 1964

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wife:
Susan Fleming. Actor. Married from 1936 until his death.

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father:
Samuel Marx. Tailor. Born in Asace-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. Died in infancy.
brother:
Chico Marx. Actor, pianist, bandleader. Born 1887; died 1961.
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.
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