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Chico Marx

Leonard Joseph "Chico" Marx (March 22, 1887 – October 11, 1961) was an American comedian, musician, actor and film star. He was a member of the Marx Brothers (with Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, and Zeppo Marx). His persona in the act was that of a charming, uneducated but crafty con artist, seemingly of rural Italian origin, who wore shabby clothes and sported a curly-haired wig and Tyrolean hat. On screen, Chico is often in alliance with Harpo, usually as partners in crime, and is also frequently seen trying to con or outfox Groucho. Leonard was the oldest of the Marx Brothers to live past early childhood (first-born Manfred Marx had died in infancy). In addition to his work as a performer, he played an important role in the management and development of the act in its early years.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 22nd, 1887 (Manhattan), Died October 11th, 1961 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-76129 16-in. 5/15/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXV The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor MS-76130 16-in. 5/15/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXV The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor MS-76316 16-in. 5/22/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXVI The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor MS-76317 16-in. 5/22/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXVI The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marx, Chico," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102824.

Marx, Chico. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102824.

"Marx, Chico." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102824

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