The Marx Brothers
Born: February 25, 1901
Died: November 30, 1979
Zeppo was the youngest of the five brothers. As a boy he was constantly involved in fights, which unlike Harpo or Groucho, he would win. He had a reputation for being quite the hooligan. It's always been Marx legend that Zeppo was placed into the act so that Minnie could keep him out of trouble.
He took over the straight man roles from older brother Gummo. He always seemed to be in the background, acting as a foil for Chico or Groucho. It always seemed to Zeppo that he stood in everyone else's shadow. He hated not being allowed to be a comedian on stage. According to his brothers he was the funniest of them all. Groucho is quoted as saying &"When I had my appendix out, Zeppo took over for me. He was so good that it made me get better quicker&". After he left each film would have a Zeppo like actor in it and none of them were as good at it as he was.
Offstage Zeppo was reputed to be a mechanical wizard and held many patents. He got his start with machines early. When Gummo and Groucho bought a car (back in the early vaudeville days) it was Zeppo who kept it running.
Zeppo would go through many careers in his lifetime. He worked machining parts for the war effort during WWII. He grew grapefruits. He ran a theatrical agency with Gummo. And he was a commercial fisherman.
At the end of his life Zeppo found himself in the middle of the disputes around Groucho's estate. As the last of the Marx Brothers he was very involved in the court case.
Zeppo Marx appeared in the following movies:
|Film Title||Character name|
|A Kiss in the Dark - 1925-04||(Guest)|
|The Cocoanuts - 1929||Jamison|
|Animal Crackers - 1930||Horatio Jamison|
|Monkey Business - 1931||A Stowaway|
|The House That Shadows Built - 1931|
|Horse Feathers - 1932||Frank Wagstaff|
|Duck Soup - 1933||Bob Roland|
Important dates in the live of Zeppo Marx:
|25 Feb 1901||Herbert "Zeppo" Marx is born|
|1918||In The Cinderella Girl Zeppo replaces Gummo. This musical comedy is written by Jo Swerling with music by Gus Kahn|
|1921||The silent movie Humorisk is made with money raised by a friend. Director is Jo Swerling. It was made in two weeks at Fort Lee, NJ. studios and in a studio at 49th St. and 10th Ave. in New York. No copy exists of this (unfinished?) film.|
|1921||On the Mezzanine Floor (in England: On the Balcony) a musical revue written by Herman Timberg, produced by Benny Leonard|
|19 May 1924||Stage show I'll say she is, scripted by Will B. Johnstone, opens at the Casinos|
|8 Dec 1925||Stage show The Cocoanuts opens at the Lyric and runs for 275 performances, a full season on Broadway, as well as two years on the road.|
|12 Apr 1927||Zeppo marries Marion Benda|
|23 Oct 1928||Stage show Animal Crackers opens at the 44th Street Theater and runs for 191 performances. It was laid off the following summer, went on tour in mid-October.|
|3 Aug 1929||Film The Cocoanuts released|
|6 Sep 1930||Film Animal Crackers released|
|5 Jan 1931||The Marxes appear in the London Palace Theatre|
|19 Sep 1931||Film Monkey Business released|
|31 Aug 1932||Film Horse Feathers released|
|24 Nov 1933||Film Duck Soup released|
|1944||Zeppo and Marion adopt Timothy|
|12 May 1954||Zeppo and Marion get divorced|
|18 Sep 1959||Zeppo marries Barbara Blakely|
|1973||Zeppo and Barbara get divorced. Barbara later marries Frank Sinatra|
|16 Jan 1977||The Marxes are inducted to the Motion Picture Hall of Fame|
|29 Nov 1979||Zeppo dies of lungs cancer|
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