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Harpo Marx (1888–1964)


With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. Harpo was an accomplished self-taught harpist whose ... See full bio »

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Known For

Duck Soup
Duck Soup Pinky
(1933)
A Night at the Opera
(1935)
Animal Crackers
Animal Crackers The Professor
(1930)
A Day at the Races
(1937)

Filmography

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 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Nick
- The Incredible Jewel Robbery (1959) ... Nick
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Red Mill (1958) ... Narrator
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Governor
- Revenge with Music (1954) ... Governor
 1953 Season's Greetings (TV Movie)
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Comedian
- All Star Ice Revue (1953) ... Guest Comedian
 1952 The Ezio Pinza Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.11 (1952)
 1949 Love Happy
Harpo
 1946 A Night in Casablanca
Rusty (as The Marx Bros.)
 1938 Room Service
Faker Englund (as The Marx Brothers)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Stuffy (as The Marx Brothers)
 1933 Duck Soup
Pinky
 1921 Humor Risk (Short)
Watson
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Animal Crackers. Musical comedy. Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. Music by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Musical Director: Gus Salzer. Musical Direction by Gus Salzer. Musical Direction by Russell Markert. Scenic Design by Raymond Sovey. Drected by Oscar Eagle. 44th Street ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 6 Print Biographies | 13 Portrayals | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Marx Brothers | The Marx Bros | The Marx Bros. | The Marx Brothers

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

The man who first inspired me was a guy called Gookie. Gookie had nothing to do with the theater. He rolled cigars in the window of a cigar store on Lexington Avenue. When he got going good he was completely lost in work, so absorbed that he had no idea what a comic face he was making. His tongue lolled out in a fat roll, his cheeks puffed out and his eyes popped out and crossed themselves. Over ... See more »

Trivia:

Served as the basis for the character Banjo in the long-running comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner" by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The play had one of its most memorable productions at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania, where Kaufman played Sheridan Whitside (the character based on critic Alexander Woollcott, Hart played Beverly Carlton (the character based on Noël Coward, and Harpo... See more »

Trademark:

Usually wore a raincoat, beat up top hat and a red wig. Rarely spoke in his roles and never in films with his brothers. He would use pantomime and often had a bike horn to communicate with. He often had a scene where he would play a harp with great skill. See more »

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