Groucho Marx

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Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (/ˈɡr/; October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian, actor, writer, and singer who performed in film, television, radio, stage, and vaudeville.[1] He was a master of quick wit and is generally considered to have been one of America's greatest comedians.[2]

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Groucho Marx
Marx in Copacabana (1947)
Birth nameJulius Henry Marx
Born(1890-10-02)October 2, 1890
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 19, 1977(1977-08-19) (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeEden Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Film
  • television
  • stage
  • radio
  • music
Years active1905–1976
  • Ruth Johnson
    (m. 1920; div. 1942)
  • Kay Marvis Gorcey
    (m. 1945; div. 1951)
  • (m. 1954; div. 1969)

He made 13 feature films as a team with his brothers, who performed under the name the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career primarily on radio and television, most notably as the host of the game show You Bet Your Life.[1]

His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, spectacles, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache (later a real mustache) and eyebrows. These exaggerated features resulted in the creation of one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous novelty disguises, known as Groucho glasses: a one-piece mask consisting of horn-rimmed glasses, a large plastic nose, bushy eyebrows and mustache.[3]

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