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Harpo Marx
Original name: Adolph Arthur Marx
Birth: Nov. 23, 1888
Death: Sep. 28, 1964

Actor and Comedian. Born Adolf Marx in New York City, the third son of Samuel and Minnie Marx. He was the closest in age and appearance to his brother Chico and as children they were often mistaken for each other. He attended school until the second grade, dropping out at the age of eight. He was infatuated with music and was thrilled when the family bought a piano. They could afford lessons for only one brother, however, and they went to Chico. Harpo went ahead and taught himself anyway, just as he would eventually teach himself the harp as well. He had a great natural talent; he could apparently pick up any instrument, toy with it for a while, and then play it creditably. He would never learn to read music. He joined the family act when he lost his 'legitimate' job, and began to develop the pantomime for which he eventually became so well known. His early vaudeville roles involved speaking until he read one review in which a critic noted that Harpo was brilliant, his pantomime hilarious, but the effect was spoiled when he spoke. Harpo took the criticism to heart and never spoke another word on stage or in front of a camera while in character. During the First World War he changed his name from the Germanic Adolf to the more acceptable Arthur. It probably made no difference, he was Harpo off stage as well as on by then. Despite his lack of formal education, his intelligence and wit were recognized and he was included as a member of the Algonquin Round Table in New York City. The Marx Brothers had an extremely successful stage career in New York prior to their movie debut in 1929 in 'The Cocoanuts', which was a direct translation from Broadway stage to screen. Their first movie was filmed in New York, the rest would be made in Hollywood. Over the years the brothers cranked out 13 collaborative movies, usually when one of the brothers needed money. Harpo speaks in none of them. He married late; at 47 he wed Susan Fleming and would remain devoted to her for the rest of his life. The couple adopted four children, three boys and a girl, as well as numerous dogs, cats, horses birds, and wildlife, all living in the home he built for his family in Palm Springs. During the Second World War, he hit the war bonds trail and did his bit to entertain the troops. In the 1950s he occasionally appeared on television including one memorable appearance on Lucille Ball's 'I Love Lucy' show in May 1955. During the same period, he suffered through at least half a dozen heart attacks, each one worse than the last. Finally in the autumn of 1964 he agreed to undergo the relatively new procedure of bypass surgery. He died at the age of 75 following heart surgery. (bio by: Iola) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Samuel Marx (1859 - 1933)
  Minnie Schoenberg Marx (1865 - 1929)
 
 Siblings:
  Manfred Marx (1886 - 1886)*
  Chico Marx (1887 - 1961)*
  Harpo Marx (1888 - 1964)
  Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)*
  Gummo Marx (1893 - 1977)*
  Zeppo Marx (1901 - 1979)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Complications from Heart Surgery
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes allegedly sprinkled into the sand trap at the seventh hole of the Rancho Mirage golf course
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 679
Harpo Marx
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Harpo Marx
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-Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 15, 2014
Rest in peace angel.
- Elizabeth Mendoza
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014

- Amber
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014
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