Chico Marx

Chico Marx

Highest Rated: 100% At the Circus (1939)

Lowest Rated: 57% A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1887

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

The second son of German/Alsatian immigrants Sam and Minnie Marx (the first son, Manfred, died in infancy), comedian Leonard "Chico" Marx was the oldest of the five siblings who would become internationally famous as The Marx Brothers. But when mother Minnie first organized younger brothers Groucho, Harpo and Gummo into a singing vaudeville act, Chico chose to go it alone as a free-lance pianist in orchestras, saloons, and "bawdy houses." Though a limited musician, Marx learned early on how to keep an audience enthralled. When Chico joined his brothers in a "schoolroom" act, he drew upon his expertise with dialects by playing a comic Italian. After their Broadway debut in 1924's I'll Say She Is, the Four Marx Brothers (Zeppo had replaced Gummo) were a big-money act. After their 1937 film A Day at the Races, the Brothers considered retiring from movies, but Chico's financial difficulties were a major factor in their decision to remain active. During the war years, Chico headed his own orchestra, and in the '50s he would pay his bills by headlining state fairs and other such barnstorming endeavors with his brother Harpo. In 1950, Chico made his dramatic TV debut in the half-hour Papa Romani. He was also a regular on the 1950 variety series College Bowl, and appeared briefly as an Italian monk in the Irwin Allen all-star film The Story of Mankind (1957) (Groucho and Harpo also showed up in separate sequences). Chico Marx's final professional appearance was with Harpo and (briefly) Groucho in the 1959 GE Theatre entry "The Incredible Jewel Robbery." Chico's daughter Maxine Marx was a prominent actor's agent, and briefly the wife of animated cartoon director Shamus Culhane.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! Actor 2004
No Score Yet Remarks on Marx: A Night at the Opera Actor 2004
No Score Yet Lucy: Queen of Comedy Actor 1990
No Score Yet Marx Brothers in a Nutshell Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Monk 1957
No Score Yet Love Happy Faustino the Great 1950
57% A Night in Casablanca Corbaccio 1946
67% The Big Store Ravelli 1941
89% Go West Chico Marx 1940
100% At the Circus Antonio 1939
67% Room Service Harry Binelli 1938
94% A Day at the Races Tony 1937
98% A Night at the Opera Fiorello 1935
92% Duck Soup Chicolini 1933
96% Horse Feathers Baravelli 1932
94% Monkey Business Chico 1931
96% Animal Crackers Signor Emanuel Ravelli 1930
95% The Cocoanuts Chico 1929


No Score Yet Playhouse 90
Mr. Kramer


Otis B. Driftwood says: Two beers, bartender!

Otis B. Driftwood says: I'll take two beers, too.

Fiorello says: I'll take two beers, too.

Otis B. Driftwood says: You didn't happen to see my suit in there, did you?

Fiorello says: Yea, it was taking up too much room, so we sold it.

Otis B. Driftwood says: How much did you get for it?

Fiorello says: Uh. . .dollar forty.

Otis B. Driftwood says: That's my suit alright.

Fiorello says: What'll I say?

Otis B. Driftwood says: Tell them you're not here.

Fiorello says: Suppose they don't believe me?

Otis B. Driftwood says: They'll believe you when you start talking.

Prosecutor says: "What about the taxes?"

Prosecutor says: What about the taxes?

Chicolini says: "Texas I got an uncle lives in Texas."

Chicolini says: Texas I got an uncle lives in Texas.

Prosecutor says: "No Taxes. Dollars."

Prosecutor says: No Taxes. Dollars.

Chicolini says: "Ya, that's where he lives -- Dallas, Texas."

Chicolini says: Ya, that's where he lives -- Dallas, Texas.

Otis B. Driftwood says: It?s alright, that?s in every contract. That?s what they call a sanity clause.

Otis B. Driftwood says: It's alright, that's in every contract. That's what they call a sanity clause.

Fiorello says: You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus.

Fiorello says: You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus.

Barovelli says: You sing-a high.

Connie Bailey says: Yes, I have a falsetto voice.

Barovelli says: That's-a funny; my last pupilshe got-a false set-a teeth.

Barovelli says: That's-a funny; my last pupil, she got-a false set-a teeth.

Rufus T. Firefly says: I suggest that we give him ten years in Levenworth, or eleven years in Twelveworth.

Chicolini says: I?ll tell you what I?ll do. I?ll take five and ten in Woolworth.

Chicolini says: I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll take five and ten in Woolworth.