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Chico Marx

Highest Rated:   100% At the Circus (1939)
Lowest Rated:   57% A Night in Casablanca (1946)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
64% Room Service
  • Harry Binelli
1938
100% A Day at the Races
  • Tony
1937
97% A Night at the Opera
  • Fiorello
1935
94% 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

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