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Harpo Marx
Original name: Adolph Arthur Marx
Birth: Nov. 23, 1888
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 28, 1964
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor, Comedian. He was part of the immensely popular “Marx Brothers” family comedy team, which consisted of his older brother Leonard “Chico” Marx, and his younger brothers Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx, Milton “Gummo” Marx and Herbert Manfred “Zeppo” Marx. Born Adolf Marx in New York City, New York, he and his brothers were sons of immigrants from France and Germany. He attended school until the second grade, dropping out at the age of eight. Infatuated with music, his musical desires were peaked when the family bought a piano. However, they could afford lessons for only one brother, however, and they went to Chico. Despite this, Adolph Marx self-taught himself the piano, and discovered he had an innate talent for musical instruments. Despite never learning to read music, he picked up other instruments, including the harp, which would eventually give him his performing nickname. He joined the family act when he lost his 'legitimate' job, and began to develop the pantomime for which he became so well known. In early vaudeville roles he would perform speaking parts 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 Marx took the criticism to heart and never spoke another word on stage or in front of a camera while in character. During World War I he changed his name from the Germanic Adolf to the more acceptable Arthur. 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 motion picture was filmed in New York City, the rest would be made in Hollywood, California. Over the years the brothers produced 13 collaborative movies, supposedly when one of the brothers needed money. During the World War II, he performed the War Bonds tours and worked to entertain American troops. In the 1950s he occasionally appeared on television including one memorable appearance on Lucille Ball’s “I Love Lucy” television program 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 the heart surgery. (bio by: Iola) 
Family links: 
  Samuel Marx (1861 - 1933)
  Minnie Schoenberg Marx (1865 - 1929)
  Susan Fleming Marx (1909 - 2002)*
  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
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes allegedly sprinkled into the sand trap at the seventh hole of the Rancho Mirage golf course
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 679
Harpo Marx
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