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Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

Highest Rated: 100% At the Circus (1939)

Lowest Rated: 20% Copacabana (1947)

Birthday: Oct 2, 1890

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Groucho Marx was an iconic American comedian, TV host, and actor who made several critically acclaimed comedies with his brothers in the 1930s, and has since been widely regarded as one of America's greatest comedic talents. Born and raised in the Manhattan borough of New York City, Groucho, whose birth name was Julius Henry Marx, and his brothers were encouraged by their mother to put together a vaudeville act when they were young. Having no formal education, Groucho and his brothers began making the rounds on the vaudeville circuit, first as a singing group known as "The Four Nightingales," and later as the comedy act that would become The Marx Brothers. After a number of years honing their act on the vaudeville circuit, The Marx Brothers went on to become one of the most popular vaudeville acts in New York City, even being enough of a draw to put on three successful Broadway musical comedies: "I'll Say She Is" (1924-25), "The Cocoanuts" (1925-26), and "Animal Crackers" (1928-29). The brothers' huge success on stage eventually drew the attention of Hollywood, and over the course of the 1930s and 40s Groucho and his brothers made 13 comedies together, many of which have since been deemed classics of the genre. These Marx Brothers comedies include "Animal Crackers" (1930), "Duck Soup" (1933), "A Night at the Opera" (1935), and "At the Circus" (1939). It was also during his thriving film career in the 1930s that Marx became recognizable for his distinctive look of bushy eyebrows, glasses, grease paint mustache, and a cigar. Groucho had developed this idiosyncratic look during his vaudeville days in the early 20s, and retained the look through the remainder of his career. After a stall in his film-acting career in the mid-40s, Groucho began searching for new opportunities in show business. He eventually turned to the thriving new medium called radio and in 1947 debuted the quiz show "You Bet Your Life" on ABC radio. The show allowed Marx to interview people and ad-lib on the spot, thus showing off his quick wit, and audiences loved it. In 1950 "You Bet Your Life" (NBC, 1950-60) moved over to television, where it would remain on the air for the next decade, becoming one of the most popular shows on television while simultaneously making Groucho Marx a household name. After "You Bet Your Life" ended its run, Groucho continued appearing on television and in films, most notably playing a mobster named God in Otto Preminger's trippy 1968 comedy "Skidoo" (1969). In 1972 Groucho returned to the stage and performed a one-man show at Carnegie Hall in New York City. That performance was later released as a double album "An Evening With Groucho" (1972). By the mid-70s Groucho's health began to decline. He made one of his final public appearances at the 1974 Academy Awards where Jack Lemmon presented him with an honorary Oscar for his numerous contributions to the film industry. In June of 1977 Groucho was hospitalized with pneumonia. He died two months later on August 19, 1977 at the age of 86.

Highest rated movies

100% At the Circus
97% A Night at the Opera
97% Horse Feathers 97% Animal Crackers
95% A Day at the Races
95% The Cocoanuts
91% Duck Soup
90% Go West

Photos

A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA, Groucho Marx, (The Marx Brothers), 1946 ANIMAL CRACKERS, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, 1930 A DAY AT THE RACES, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, 1937 ROOM SERVICE, Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, 1938 WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER?, Groucho Marx, Jayne Mansfield, 1957. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. THE STORY OF MANKIND, Groucho Marx, Eden Hartford, 1957 ROOM SERVICE, Frank Albertson (center), Donald MacBride (right), Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx (back row), 1938 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, Kitty Carlisle, Groucho Marx, 1935 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, 1935 MONKEY BUSINESS, Groucho Marx (center), 1931 LOVE HAPPY, Marilyn Monroe, Groucho Marx, 1949 HORSE FEATHERS, David Landau, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd, 1932 HORSE FEATHERS, Thelma Todd, Groucho Marx, 1932 DUCK SOUP, from left: Zeppo Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, 1933 DUCK SOUP, Groucho Marx (with telephone), 1933 A DAY AT THE RACES, Harpo Marx, Esther Muir, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, 1937 A DAY AT THE RACES, Groucho Marx, Margaret Dumont, 1937 A DAY AT THE RACES, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, 1937 AT THE CIRCUS, Groucho Marx, Eve Arden, 1939 AT THE CIRCUS, Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, 1939

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vaudeville Comedy, Then and Now Unknown (Character) - 2012
42% 39% Skidoo God (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 10% The Story of Mankind Peter Minuit (Character) - 1957
87% 75% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? George Schmidlap (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 11% A Girl in Every Port Benjamin Franklin "Benny" Linn (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 33% Double Dynamite Emile J. Keck (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 34% Love Happy Detective Sam Grunion (Character) - 1949
20% 41% Copacabana Lionel Q. Deveraux (Character) - 1947
63% 69% A Night in Casablanca Kornblow (Character) - 1946
90% 60% Go West S. Quentin Quale (Character) - 1940
100% 64% At the Circus Attorney Loophole (Character) - 1939
64% 56% Room Service Gordon Miller (Character) - 1938
95% 89% A Day at the Races Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush (Character) - 1937
97% 90% A Night at the Opera Otis P. Driftwood (Character) - 1935
91% 91% Duck Soup Rufus T. Firefly (Character) - 1933
97% 86% Horse Feathers Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Character) - 1932
90% 84% Monkey Business Groucho (Character) - 1931
97% 89% Animal Crackers Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Character) - 1930
95% 69% The Cocoanuts Hammer (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Humor Risk Villain (Character) - 1921

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet History's Greatest Mysteries Self 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Bet Your Life Host 1950-1961 2019 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1963 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Ed Davis (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet G.E. Theater John Graham (Character) 1962