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Overview (5)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Palm Springs, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameHerbert Marx
Nickname Zep
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (3)

The youngest of The Marx Brothers, Zeppo was put into the role of the straight man after his brother Gummo left the act. Zeppo also acted as an understudy to all three of his brothers, and he has been said to have played Grouchos part better than Groucho himself. After playing small parts in the first five Marx Brothers movies, Zeppo felt his talent wasn't being used to its full extent and left the act to join Gummo as an agent. Somewhat of a mechanical whiz, Zeppo invented a wristwatch that would monitor the pulse rate of cardiac patients, and his company, Marman Products, produced clamping devices which were used in the first atomic bomb raids over Japan in 1945. Zeppo died on November 30, 1979, from cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Maloney

When Milton "Gummo" Marx left the troupe of brothers early in their vaudeville days to become a manufacturer, Zeppo, the youngest of the five Marx Brothers, joined the troupe as the new Marx Brother. Zeppo was the least zany of the quartet and would play the straight man to the other brothers. After doing five movies (Duck Soup (1933) was the last), Zeppo decided that he did not fit in as a straight man in a comedy troupe. He left the group to join a talent management company in Hollywood founded by his brother Gummo.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Wil Zambole

In 1969, Zeppo Marx patented a wristwatch for cardiac patients, which sounded an alarm if the wearer went into cardiac arrest. One of Zeppo's best movie appearances was in Horse Feathers (1932), where he sang "Everyone Says I Love You," displaying a fine tenor voice used in the Marx Brothers' stage hits.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lynn Paden

Spouse (2)

Barbara Marx (18 September 1959 - 1 May 1973) (divorced)
Marion Benda (12 April 1927 - 12 May 1954) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Usually played the romantic straight man in films with his brothers

Trivia (20)

Ashes scattered at sea.
Throughout his life, he had many careers including inventor, talent agent, manufacturer, commercial fisherman, and grapefruit grower.
Nephew of actor Al Shean.
In real life, he was supposedly the funniest of his brothers despite always playing the straight man in their films.
Son of Sam Marx and Minnie Marx (nee Schoenberg).
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.
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).
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".
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.
At the time of his death, he was the last surviving of The Marx Brothers.
When he married Barbara Marx, her son, Bobby Oliver, took the Marx surname, although Marx never legally adopted him.
He and his first wife adopted their only child, Timothy, in 1944.
Officially left the brothers' comedy team to become an agent on March 30, 1934.
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.
He was the only one of the Marx Brothers who was politically conservative.
Was the tallest of the Marx Brothers even though he stood only at 5'8".

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