Harpo Marx Biography (1893?-1964)

Original name, Adolph Marx, later used name Arthur Marx; born November 23, 1893 (one source says 1888), in New York, NY; died following heart surgery, September 28, 1964, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Simon (an actor, tailor, and cook; also known as Sam and Frenchie) and Miene (a manager and director; maiden name, Schoenberg; also known as Minnie Palmer) Marx; brother of Groucho, Chico, Gummo, and Zeppo Marx (all actors and comedians); married Susan Fleming (anactress and illustrator), 1936; children: three sons, one daughter.

Birth Details
November 23, 1893?
New York, New York, United States
Death Details
September 28, 1964
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Watson, Humorisk, 1920.
  • The village Peter Pan, Too Many Kisses, Paramount, 1925.
  • The Cocoanuts, Paramount, 1929.
  • The professor, Animal Crackers, Paramount, 1930.
  • The House That Shadows Built, Paramount, 1931.
  • Himself, Jackie Cooper's Birthday Party, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1931.
  • A stowaway, Monkey Business, Paramount, 1931.
  • Hollywood on Parade No.5, Paramount, 1932.
  • Pinky, Horse Feathers, Paramount, 1932.
  • Pinkie, Duck Soup, Paramount, 1933.
  • Himself, La Fiesta de Santa Barbara, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935.
  • Tomasso, A Night at the Opera, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935.
  • Stuffy, A Day at the Races, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1937.
  • Faker Englund, Room Service, RKO, 1938.
  • Punchy, At the Circus (also known as The Marx Brothers at the Circus), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939.
  • Rusty Panello, Go West (also known as Marx Brothers Go West), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1940.
  • Wacky, The Big Store, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1941.
  • Himself, Stage Door Canteen, United Artists, 1943.
  • Screen snapshot No. 110 (short), 1943.
  • Himself, Hollywood Canteen, Warner Bros., 1944.
  • Himself, The All-Star Bond Rally (short), 1945.
  • Rusty, A Night in Casablanca, United Artists, 1946.
  • Himself, Love Happy, United Artists, 1949.
  • Issac Newton, The Story of Mankind, Cambridge/Warner Bros., 1957.
  • Himself in archival footage, Going Hollywood: The War Years, 1988.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Himself, "Lucy Meets Harpo Marx," I Love Lucy, CBS, 1955.
  • "Snow Shoes," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957.
  • Person to Person, CBS, 1958.
  • "The Red Mill," The DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.
  • "The Incredible Jewel Robbery," General Electric Theater (also known as G.E.Theater), CBS, 1959.
  • "Silent Panic," The June Allyson Show (also known as The DuPont Show Starring June Allyson), CBS, 1960.
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, ABC, 1962.
  • "The Wonderful World of Toys," The DuPont Show of the Week, CBS, 1961.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • Himself in archival footage, The Unknown Marx Brothers, 1993.
  • Himself in archival footage, The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995.
  • Himself in archival footage, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996.
  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • Fun in Hi Skool (also known as Fun in Hi Skule), New York City, 1912.
  • Home Again, 1914, later Palace Theatre, New York City, 1917.
  • 'N Everything, New York City, 1919.
  • The Cinderella Girl, New York City, 1919.
  • I'll Say She Is, New York City, 1919.
  • The Cocoanuts, New York City, 1925.
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, New York City, 1940.
  • Also performed in Mr. Green's Reception, On the Mezzanine Floor, Animal Crackers, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, At the Circus, and The Marx Brothers Go West.
  • Writings;Screenplays; Stories
  • Love Happy, United Artists, 1949.
  • Writings;Memoirs
  • (With Rowland Barber) Harpo Speaks, illustrated by Susan Marx, LimelightEditions (New York City), 1961.

Further Reference


  • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1992.

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