Chico Marx

Actor, Comedian, Pianist
Chico (variously pronounced as "Cheek-o" and "Chik-o") was the dumb but wisecracking, piano-playing Marx Brother, whose character protected the innocent Harpo while flummoxing the all-knowing Groucho. Wearing a dark ... Read more »
Born: 03/26/1887 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Monk (Actor)

Silver Theater 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Happy 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Room Service 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Day at the Races 1936 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

A Night at the Opera 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Duck Soup 1933 (Movie)

Chicolini (Actor)

Horse Feathers 1931 (Movie)

Baravelli (Actor)

Monkey Business 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Chico (variously pronounced as "Cheek-o" and "Chik-o") was the dumb but wisecracking, piano-playing Marx Brother, whose character protected the innocent Harpo while flummoxing the all-knowing Groucho. Wearing a dark curly wig, a pointed hat and a goofy grin, he portrayed an Italian stereotype common in early 20th-century vaudeville which would later be deemed offensive. The eldest of the brothers, Chico (supposedly nicknamed for his success with "chicks") started his career with brother Harpo, after teenaged jobs as a pianist and wrestler. Such acts as "Fun in Hi Skool" (1911) and ""Home Again" (1914), helped the brothers hone their stage personalities: notably the smart-mouthed con-man (Groucho), the dumb Italian (Chico) and the mute faun (Harpo).

Relationships

Betty Carp

Wife

Maxine Culhane

Daughter
mother Betty Carb

Mary De Vithas

Wife
Married 1958 until his death Oct. 11, 1961

Samuel Marx

Father
born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1860 died 1933

Minnie Marx

Mother
born in Germany

Groucho Marx

Brother
born 1890 died 1977

Gummo Marx

Brother
born 1892 died 1977

Harpo Marx

Brother
born 1888 died 1964

Manfred Marx

Brother
died in infancy

Zeppo Marx

Brother
born 1901 died 1979

Al Shean

Uncle
brother of Minnie Marx born 1868 died 1949 half of vaudeville team Gallagher and Shean

Milestones

1957

Final film, "The Story of Mankind"

1956

Final stage appearance, "The Fifth Season"

1949

Played London Palladium with Harpo

1948

Made TV debut, without brothers

1946

Opened chain of Los Angeles restaurants

1943

Acted in revue "Take a Bow"

1940

Worked as bandleader during WWII

1929

Film debut in "The Cocoanuts"

1923

Broadway debut, in "I'll Say She Is"

1920

Toured Keith-Albee vaudeville circuit with brothers

Bonus Trivia

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Age variously given as 70, 75 and 76 at time of death.

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