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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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1With 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.
2Was the tallest of the Marx Brothers even though he stood only at 5'8".
3He was the only one of the Marx Brothers who was politically conservative.
4His 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.
5Officially left the brothers' comedy team to become an agent on March 30, 1934.
6He and his first wife adopted their only child, Timothy, in 1944.
7When he married Barbara Marx, her son, Bobby Oliver, took the Marx surname, although Marx never legally adopted him.
8Great-uncle of Jade Marx-Berti, Gregg Marx, Laura Guzik, and Brett Marx.
9At the time of his death, he was the last surviving of The Marx Brothers.
10He 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.
11Since 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".
12One 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).
13He 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.
14Son of Sam Marx and Minnie Palmer.
15In real life, he was supposedly the funniest of his brothers despite always playing the straight man in their films.
16Nephew of actor Al Shean.
17Throughout his life, he had many careers including inventor, talent agent, manufacturer, commercial fisherman, and grapefruit grower.
18Uncle of Arthur Marx, Miriam Marx, Maxine Marx, Bob Marx, Melinda Marx, and Bill Marx.
19Brother-in-law of Eden Hartford, Ruth Johnson, Kay Marvis, and Susan Fleming.
20Ashes scattered at sea.
21Brother of Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, and Gummo Marx.



Duck Soup1933Bob Roland
Horse Feathers1932Frank Wagstaff
Monkey Business1931Zeppo
Animal Crackers1930Horatio Jamison
The Cocoanuts1929Jamison
A Kiss in the Dark1925as Herbert Marx
Humor Risk1921ShortPlayboy



Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical2008Video documentary performer: "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night" - uncredited
Hannah and Her Sisters1986performer: "Freedonia's Going To War" - uncredited
Duck Soup1933performer: "His Excellency Is Due" 1933, "The Country's Going to War" 1933 - uncredited
Horse Feathers1932performer: "I Always Get My Man" 1932, "Everyone Says I Love You" 1932 - uncredited
Monkey Business1931performer: "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" 1930, "Sweet Adeline" 1903 - uncredited
Animal Crackers1930performer: "I Represent" 1930, "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" 1928, "My Old Kentucky Home" 1852 - uncredited



Hollywood Greats1979TV Series documentaryHimself
Tonight!1957TV SeriesHimself
Tonight! America After Dark1957TV SeriesHimself
The House That Shadows Built1931DocumentarySammy Brown

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Geno in the Evening2016TV SeriesVarious Roles
Welcome to the Basement2013TV SeriesHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHoratio Jamison
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!2004Video documentary shortHimself (photo)
Inside the Marx Brothers2003Video documentaryHimself
The Unknown Marx Brothers1993TV Movie documentaryVarious Roles
Classic Comedy Teams1986Video documentaryHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Famous Feet1950Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 11937Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 111937Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-51933ShortHimself (uncredited)

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

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