Chico Marx

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Leonard Joseph "Chico" Marx (/ˈɪk/; March 22, 1887 – October 11, 1961) was an American comedian, actor and pianist.[1] He was the oldest brother in the Marx Brothers comedy troupe, alongside his brothers Arthur ("Harpo"), Julius ("Groucho"), Milton ("Gummo") and Herbert ("Zeppo"). His persona in the act was that of a charming, uneducated but crafty con artist, seemingly of rural Italian origin, who wore shabby clothes and sported a curly-haired wig and Tyrolean hat. On screen, Chico is often in alliance with Harpo, usually as partners in crime, and is also frequently seen trying to con or outfox Groucho. Leonard was the oldest of the Marx Brothers to live past early childhood, the first-born being Manfred Marx who had died in infancy. In addition to his work as a performer, he played an important role in the management and development of the act in its early years.

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Chico Marx
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Chico c. 1930
Born
Leonard Joseph Marx

(1887-03-22)March 22, 1887
DiedOctober 11, 1961(1961-10-11) (aged 74)
Burial placeForest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California, U.S.
Other namesLeo Marx
Occupations
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • pianist
Years active1910–1960
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Spouses
  • Betty Karp
    (m. 1917; div. 1940)
  • Mary De Vithas
    (m. 1958)
Children1
Parent(s)Sam "Frenchie" Marx
Minnie Schönberg
RelativesHarpo Marx (brother)
Groucho Marx (brother)
Gummo Marx (brother)
Zeppo Marx (brother)
Al Shean (maternal uncle)
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Monkey_Business_lobby_card_1931.JPG
Lobby card for Monkey Business (1931) with Chico (left) and Harpo (right)

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