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Also Known As: Herbert Marx Died: November 30, 1979
Born: February 25, 1901 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, talent agent, airplane parts manufacturer, citrus grower

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The handsome straight man of the Marx Brothers, Zeppo was the last to join the group and left at the height of their fame in 1933. The baby of the family, Zeppo (born Herbert) took to the stage after brother Gummo left the act in 1919. He toured with his older brothers Chico, Harpo and Groucho in vaudeville in the early 1920s. The quartet first gained national attention in the zany revue "Ill Say She Is" (1923-1925). Their long-running hit "The Cocoanuts" (1925-1928), written by George S. Kaufman with an Irving Berlin score, assured their stardom. During the run of "The Cocoanuts", they made the independently-financed comedy "Humorisk", which was never released and has been lost.

The handsome straight man of the Marx Brothers, Zeppo was the last to join the group and left at the height of their fame in 1933. The baby of the family, Zeppo (born Herbert) took to the stage after brother Gummo left the act in 1919. He toured with his older brothers Chico, Harpo and Groucho in vaudeville in the early 1920s. The quartet first gained national attention in the zany revue "Ill Say She Is" (1923-1925). Their long-running hit "The Cocoanuts" (1925-1928), written by George S. Kaufman with an Irving Berlin score, assured their stardom. During the run of "The Cocoanuts", they made the independently-financed comedy "Humorisk", which was never released and has been lost.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Duck Soup (1933) Bob Roland
2.
 Horse Feathers (1932) Frank Wagstaff
3.
 Monkey Business (1931) Zeppo
4.
 Animal Crackers (1930) Horatio Jamison
5.
 The Cocoanuts (1929) Jamison
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1919:
Joined brothers' act upon Gummo's retirement
1920:
Toured in vaudeville on Keith-Albee circuit
1923:
Broadway debut, in "I'll Say She Is"
1929:
Film debut in "The Cocoanuts"
1933:
Last film, "Duck Soup"
1937:
Opened talent agency Marx, Miller & Marx with brother Gummo
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wife:
Marion Benda. Showgirl. First wife; later commited suicide.
wife:
Barbara Blakely. Married in 1959; divorced in 1973; later married Frank Sinatra.

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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. 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:
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.
son:
Robert Marx.
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