Happy birthday, Groucho Marx!

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Born Julius Henry Marx, this American comedian was born and raised in Manhattan, and soon became famous for his amusing one-liners, his ever-present cigar and his bushy eyebrows and moustache.

As a kid, he dropped his studies in order to help his family, and was prompted by his mother to join his brothers in a band called The Four Nightingales. Groucho was a good singer, but the group received a poor response as musicians. However, when cracking jokes at the stage, the audience embraced them as comedians, and thus they incorporated comedic skits to their shows.

They became successful vaudeville performers and managed to feature plays on Broadway. Some of them went on to become their first and very successful films. Groucho also worked as a radio host, but his stage and film persona was always much more prosperous.

He later became a beloved TV host, but finally succumbed to illness and passed away on 1977. Extremely well-read and witty, Groucho was the leader of The Marx Brothers and a talented singer and performer.

 

 

Musical filmography

The Cocoanuts (1929)

Animal Crackers (1930)

Horse Feathers (1932)

Duck Soup (1933)

A night at the Opera (1935)

At the Circus (1939)

Go West (1940)

The Big Store (1941)

Copacabana (1947)

Love Happy (1949)

Double Dynamite (1951)

 

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