Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Happy Birthday Chico Marx - I'm still laughing

A couple weeks ago I picked up a copy of Harpo Marx's bio - published in 1961. What an amazing family of performers and humanists. Check out Harpo Speaks if you get a chance. I think Groucho also published a bio. Here's what Wiki had to say about Chico.....

"Leonard "Chico" Marx (centre in photo - lived 1887 to 1961) was an American comedian, musician, bandleader, actor and film star as part of the Marx Brothers. His persona in the act was that of a charming, dim-witted albeit crafty con artist, seemingly of rural Italian origin, who wore shabby clothes and sported a curly-haired wig and Tyrolean hat. In virtually every film that includes the main trio of the Marx Brothers, Chico is seen working with Harpo Marx, usually as partners in crime.

Leonard was the oldest of the Marx Brothers to live past early childhood (first-born Manfred Marx had died in infancy). In addition to his work as a performer, he played an important role in the management and development of the act, at least in its early years."

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