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Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

George Fenneman, Groucho's announcer on "You Bet Your Life" (1950), was once asked if Groucho ever embarrassed him on the air. "Each and every show," Fenneman replied.

W.C. Fields said that The Marx Brothers was the only act he couldn't follow on the live stage. He is known to have appeared on the same bill with them only once, during an engagement at Keith's Orpheum Theatre in Columbus, OH, in January 1915. At the time the Marx Brothers were touring "Home Again", and it didn't take Fields long to realize how his quiet comedy juggling act was faring against the anarchy of the Marxes. Fields later wrote of the engagement (and the Marxes), "They sang, danced, played harp and kidded in zany style. Never saw so much nepotism or such hilarious laughter in one act in my life. The only act I could never follow . . . I told the manager I broke my wrist and quit".

A famous gag toy was modeled after his face - the dark black glasses with big orange nose and mustache "disguise" toy (known as the "Beagle-Puss" in the gag shop market.).

Appeared as Johnny Carson's very first guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) where he introduced Carson to his newfound audience (October 1, 1962).

Appears on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "You Bet Your Life" (1950).



At the time of his death he was not aware that his brother Gummo Marx had passed away four months earlier. His family believed that it was a kindness not to tell him.

Brother of Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Gummo Marx and Zeppo Marx.

Brother-in-law of Barbara Marx, Susan Fleming and Dee Hartford

Came fifth in a Channel Four (UK) poll in 2005 to find the all-time favourite comedians' comedian.

Came to regret never going beyond grammar school. To compensate, he became a voracious reader in adulthood, famed for his literary knowledge. Furthermore, in addition to the aforementioned regular correspondence to noted authors, he wrote several books himself.

Carried on extensive correspondence with such literary giants as T.S. Eliot and Carl Sandburg. He also was well-known for attaching a hilarious P.S. to his most serious letters. According to Dick Cavett, Groucho added this P.S. to a lengthy account of his memories of Charles Chaplin from vaudeville days: ""Did you ever notice that Peter O'Toole has a double-phallic name?"

Died three days after Elvis Presley. Unfortunately, due to the furor over the former's death, the media paid little attention to the passing of this comic genius.

Father of Arthur Marx, Miriam Marx, and Melinda Marx.

Father-in-law of Sahn Berti

Grandfather of actress Jade Marx-Berti.

Great-uncle of Gregg Marx, Laura Guzik and Brett Marx

Groucho's show "You Bet Your Life" (on radio from 1947 to 1956 over ABC, CBS, and finally NBC) was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.

Had a fifth brother, Gummo Marx, who performed with the other brothers in vaudeville. He left the act before the brothers started to make movies. He remained close to Groucho for the rest of his life.

He along with his brothers star in five of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: Duck Soup (1933) at #5, A Night at the Opera (1935) at #12, A Day at the Races (1937) at #59, Horse Feathers (1932) at #65 and Monkey Business (1931) at #73.

He sang "Everybody Works But Father" in both English and German on "The Dick Cavett Show" (1968).

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