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Zeppo Marx


As the youngest person in the Marx brothers, he appeared in five Marx Brothers feature motion pictures between 1929 and 1933. He also performed Ruth Hall’s like desire for the 1931 film Monkey Business. His brothers in the beginning believed he was as well young to execute using the Marx Brothers, but after Gummo became a member of the military, he received his chance with the humor group. It really is thought that his name was the consequence of the 1893 invention from the Zeppelin airship. He used two kids, Timothy and Thomas, along with his 1st wife Marion Benda, whom he was wedded to from 1927 to 1954. He was wedded to his second wife, Barbara Blakeley, from 1959 to 1973. He was became a member of in the Marx Brothers by his brothers Groucho, Harpo and Chico Marx.

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Full Name Zeppo Marx
Date Of Birth February 25, 1901
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Barbara Sinatra, Marion Benda
Parents Minnie Marx, Sam Marx
Siblings Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Gummo Marx
Music Groups Marx Brothers
Movies Duck Soup, Horse Feathers, The House That Shadows Built, Monkey Business, Animal Crackers, The Cocoanuts, Humor Risk, A Kiss in the Dark
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1 With his brothers, he grew up speaking German as his native language, because both of their parents were from Germanic Europe. It was not uncommon in that Era, in the United States, when children would often have at least one immigrant parent.
2 Was the tallest of the Marx Brothers even though he stood only at 5'8".
3 He was the only one of the Marx Brothers who was politically conservative.
4 His company, Marman Products, marketed and produced what came to be known as the Marman Clamp, which proved to have numerous applications in aircraft and aerospace, and is used to this day. The company eventually grew to two factories employing more than 500 workers. Marx would often hire studio prop men and unemployed big band musicians.
5 Officially left the brothers' comedy team to become an agent on March 30, 1934.
6 He and his first wife adopted their only child, Timothy, in 1944.
7 When he married Barbara Marx, her son, Bobby Oliver, took the Marx surname, although Marx never legally adopted him.
8 Great-uncle of Jade Marx-Berti, Gregg Marx, Laura Guzik, and Brett Marx.
9 At the time of his death, he was the last surviving of The Marx Brothers.
10 He was portrayed by actor Alvin Kupperman in the Broadway musical "Minnie's Boys," which ran an at the Imperial Theatre for 80 Performances from Mar 26 to May 30, 1970.
11 Since he'd missed out when his brothers received their nicknames, he was given one by his siblings. He was always practicing acrobatics, so he was named "Zippo" -- after "Mr. Zippo," the star of a well-known chimpanzee act. Feeling it was unflattering, he insisted it be Zeppo. Another version of this story , was that his name was changed to "Zeppo" in honor of the then popular "Zepplin".
12 One of only two of The Marx Brothers to play a recurring role in their films (not counting when they used their own names). He played the role of "Jamison" in both The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930).
13 He was a serious amateur machinist, and among the products his company, Marman, developed in the late 1940s was a 2-cylinder motorized bicycle, the Marman Twin (produced 1948-1949). Unfortunately, his bike was unable to compete with the more established Whizzers, despite being far more powerful. These bikes are highly collectible today.
14 Son of Sam Marx and Minnie Palmer.
15 In real life, he was supposedly the funniest of his brothers despite always playing the straight man in their films.
16 Nephew of actor Al Shean.
17 Throughout his life, he had many careers including inventor, talent agent, manufacturer, commercial fisherman, and grapefruit grower.
18 Uncle of Arthur Marx, Miriam Marx, Maxine Marx, Bob Marx, Melinda Marx, and Bill Marx.
19 Brother-in-law of Eden Hartford, Ruth Johnson, Kay Marvis, and Susan Fleming.
20 Ashes scattered at sea.
21 Brother of Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, and Gummo Marx.



Duck Soup 1933 Bob Roland
Horse Feathers 1932 Frank Wagstaff
Monkey Business 1931 Zeppo
Animal Crackers 1930 Horatio Jamison
The Cocoanuts 1929 Jamison
A Kiss in the Dark 1925 as Herbert Marx
Humor Risk 1921 Short Playboy



Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical 2008 Video documentary performer: "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night" - uncredited
Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 performer: "Freedonia's Going To War" - uncredited
Duck Soup 1933 performer: "His Excellency Is Due" 1933, "The Country's Going to War" 1933 - uncredited
Horse Feathers 1932 performer: "I Always Get My Man" 1932, "Everyone Says I Love You" 1932 - uncredited
Monkey Business 1931 performer: "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" 1930, "Sweet Adeline" 1903 - uncredited
Animal Crackers 1930 performer: "I Represent" 1930, "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" 1928, "My Old Kentucky Home" 1852 - uncredited



Hollywood Greats 1979 TV Series documentary Himself
Tonight! 1957 TV Series Himself
Tonight! America After Dark 1957 TV Series Himself
The House That Shadows Built 1931 Documentary Sammy Brown

Archive Footage

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Geno in the Evening 2016 TV Series Various Roles
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Himself
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Horatio Jamison
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! 2004 Video documentary short Himself (photo)
Inside the Marx Brothers 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Unknown Marx Brothers 1993 TV Movie documentary Various Roles
Classic Comedy Teams 1986 Video documentary Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Famous Feet 1950 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 1 1937 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 11 1937 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-5 1933 Short Himself (uncredited)

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1 Usually played the romantic straight man in films with his brothers

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