Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

Highest Rated: 100% At the Circus (1939)

Lowest Rated: 20% Copacabana (1947)

Birthday: Oct 02, 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
42% 41% Skidoo God (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 12% The Story of Mankind Peter Minuit (Character) - 1957
86% 76% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? George Schmidlap (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 6% A Girl in Every Port Benjamin Franklin "Benny" Linn (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 30% Double Dynamite Emile J. Keck (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 33% Love Happy Detective Sam Grunion (Character) - 1949
20% 42% Copacabana Lionel Q. Deveraux (Character) - 1947
57% 70% A Night in Casablanca Kornblow (Character) - 1946
89% 59% Go West S. Quentin Quale (Character) - 1940
100% 64% At the Circus Attorney Loophole (Character) - 1939
67% 56% Room Service Gordon Miller (Character) - 1938
94% 89% A Day at the Races Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush (Character) - 1937
98% 91% A Night at the Opera Otis P. Driftwood (Character) - 1935
92% 91% Duck Soup Rufus T. Firefly (Character) - 1933
96% 87% Horse Feathers Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Character) - 1932
94% 84% Monkey Business Groucho (Character) - 1931
96% 89% Animal Crackers Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Character) - 1930
95% 70% The Cocoanuts Hammer (Character) - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Bet Your Life Host 2019 1950-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1967 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1963 1959

QUOTES FROM Groucho Marx CHARACTERS

Groucho says: I'm going back into the closet, where men are empty overcoats.

Stowaway says: (Groucho) Oh I realize it's a penny here and a penny there but look at me, I've worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Stowaway says: Oh I realize it's a penny here and a penny there but look at me, I've worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Stowaway says: (Groucho) You're a woman who's been getting nothing but dirty breaks. Well, we can clean and tighten your brakes, but you'll have to stay in the garage all night.

Stowaway says: You're a woman who's been getting nothing but dirty breaks. Well, we can clean and tighten your brakes, but you'll have to stay in the garage all night.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: As I say, we tried to remove the tusks. But they were embedded so firmly we couldn't budge them. Of course, in Alabama the Tuscaloosa, but that is entirely ir-elephant to what I was talking about.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: I'm sick of these conventional marriages. One woman and one man was good enough for your grandmother, but who wants to marry your grandmother? Nobody, not even your grandfather.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west, and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce, they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: Take the marriage problem. Take the foreign problem. Take Abyssinia. Say, you take Abyssinia and I'll take a hot fudge sundae on rye bread.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: Africa is God's country, and he can have it.

Arabella Rittenhouse says: Captain, this leaves me speechless

Arabella Rittenhouse says: Captain, this leaves me speechless.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: Well, see that you remain that way.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: Do you mind if I don't smoke?

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: to Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead] Let's get married

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: [to Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead] Let's get married.

Mrs. Whitehead says: All of us?

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: All of us

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: All of us.

Mrs. Whitehead says: Why, that's bigamy

Mrs. Whitehead says: Why, that's bigamy.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: Yes, and it's big of me too.

Otis B. Driftwood says: You know the old saying, twos company and fives a crowd

Otis B. Driftwood says: You know the old saying. Two's company, fives a crowd.

Rufus T. Firefly says: Go, And Never Darken My Towels Again!

Rufus T. Firefly says: Go, and never darken my towels again!

Rufus T. Firefly says: I Wonder Whatever Became Of Me? I Should Have Been Back Here A Long Time Ago.

Rufus T. Firefly says: I wonder whatever became of me? I should have been back here a long time ago.

Rufus T. Firefly says: I Could Dance With You Till The Cows Come Home, On Second Thought, I'd Rather Dance With The Cows When You Came Home.

Rufus T. Firefly says: I could dance with you till the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows when you came home.

Rufus T. Firefly says: How Do You Like That? I Haven't Been On The Job Five Minutes And Already She's Making Advances To Me.

Rufus T. Firefly says: How do you like that? I haven't been on the job five minutes, and already she's making advances to me.

Otis B. Driftwood says: You know the old saying. Two's company, fives a crowd.

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: Do they allow tipping on the boat?

Steward says: Yes, sir.

Otis B. Driftwood says: Have you got two fives?

Steward says: Yes, sir!

Otis B. Driftwood says: Well, then you won't need the ten cents I was gonna give you.

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.

Rufus T. Firefly says: Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot. But don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot.

Mrs. Emily Upjohn says: I've never been so insulted in all my life!

Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush says: Well, it's early yet.

J. Cheever Loophole says: That night I drank champagne from your slipper. Two quarts. It would have held more but you were wearing inner soles.

J. Cheever Loophole says: I don't know what I'm doing here wehn I could be at home in bed with a hot toddy. That's a drink. (not wanting toddy to be confused with actress Thelma Todd)

J. Cheever Loophole says: I don't know what I'm doing here wehn I could be at home in bed with a hot toddy. That's a drink. [not wanting toddy to be confused with actress Thelma Todd]

Otis B. Driftwood says: After receiving a hug from Rosa (Kitty Carlisle) "I'm going out and get another prescription."

Otis B. Driftwood says: [After receiving a hug from Kitty Carlisle] I'm going out and get another prescription.

Prof. Ouincy Adams Wagstaff says: What ever it is i'm against it

Prof. Ouincy Adams Wagstaff says: What ever it is I'm against it.

Rufus T. Firefly says: Clear? Huh! Why a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can't make head or tail out of it.

Rufus T. Firefly says: Clear? Huh! Why a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can't make head or tail out of it.

Mr. Hammer says: Money will never make you happy, and happy will never make you money. That might be a wisecrack, but I doubt it.

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.

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.

Rufus T. Firefly says: I could dance with you ?til the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows ?til you came home.

Rufus T. Firefly says: I could dance with you 'til the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows 'til you came home.

Rufus T. Firefly says: Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did.

Flo Marlowe says: Oh, hold me closer! Closer! Closer!

Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush says: If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you.

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding says: One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.