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.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
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

Books:

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

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