Groucho Marx


Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was an American comedian and film and television star. He is known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. His rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers and imitators. He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born.… Read More

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1890 Birth He was born on October 2, 1890, in New York City, New York. … Read More


1905 14 Years Old After a few stabs at entry-level office work and jobs suitable for adolescents, Julius took to the stage as a boy singer in 1905. … Read More


1915 24 Years Old …  After the sinking of the in 1915, public anti-German sentiment was widespread, and Marx's German character was booed, so he quickly dropped the accent and developed the fast-talking wise-guy character that became his trademark. … Read More


1932 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Marx also worked as a radio comedian and show host. One of his earliest stints was a short-lived series in 1932, Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel, costarring Chico. … Read More


1947 56 Years Old You Bet Your Life debuted in October 1947 on radio on ABC (which aired it from 1947 to 1949), sponsored by costume jewelry manufacturer Allen Gellman; and then on CBS (1949–50), and finally NBC, continuing until May 1961—on radio only, 1947–1950; on both radio and television, 1950–1960; and on television only, 1960–1961. … Read More
1949 58 Years Old …  Another recording made by Groucho during this period was "The Funniest Song in the World", released on the Young People's Records label in 1949. … Read More
1950 59 Years Old By the time You Bet Your Life debuted on TV on October 5, 1950, Groucho had grown a real mustache (which he had already sported earlier in the films Copacabana and Love Happy).


1958 - 1960 2 More Events
1962 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Another TV show, Tell It To Groucho, premiered January 11, 1962 on CBS, but only lasted five months.
1964 - 1971 2 More Events
1972 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In the early 1970s, largely at the behest of companion Erin Fleming, Groucho had a live one-man show, including one recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1972 and released as a double album, An Evening with Groucho, on A&M Records. … Read More
1974 83 Years Old Jack Lemmon presented Groucho with an honorary Academy Award in 1974, his final major public appearance, in which he received a standing ovation. … Read More
1975 84 Years Old Groucho's previous works regained popularity and were accompanied by new books of transcribed conversations by Richard J. Anobile and Charlotte Chandler. In a BBC interview in 1975, Groucho called his greatest achievement having a book selected for cultural preservation in the Library of Congress.
1976 85 Years Old Groucho's final appearance was a brief sketch with George Burns in the Bob Hope television special Joys in 1976.
…  Marx was hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with pneumonia on June 22, 1977 and died at the age of 86 on August 19, just 4 months after Gummo. … Read More
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