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Chico Marx (1887–1961)


As a kid trying to negotiate his way through various gang territories to a floating crap game or a new pool hall where he was not yet known as a hustler, Leonard (Chico) Marx learned to fake several accents. Because he later employed an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' act, people assumed his name was pronounced "Cheeko." Instead, Leonard was ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Night at the Opera
(1935)
Duck Soup
Duck Soup Chicolini
(1933)
Horse Feathers
Horse Feathers Baravelli
(1932)
Animal Crackers
Animal Crackers Signor Emanuel Ravelli
(1930)

Filmography

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 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Harry
- The Incredible Jewel Robbery (1959) ... Harry
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mr. Kramer
- No Time at All (1958) ... Mr. Kramer
 1957 The Story of Mankind
Monk
 1956 Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (Short)
Cameo appearance (Piano player)
 1953 Einmal kehr' ich wieder
Farbiger Koch (as Chico)
 1951 The College Bowl (TV Series)
Chico Ravelli
- Episode dated 26 March 1951 (1951) ... Chico Ravelli
 1950 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
Papa Romani
- Papa Romani (1950) ... Papa Romani
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
Papa Romani
- Papa Romani (1950) ... Papa Romani
 1949 Love Happy
Faustino the Great
 1946 A Night in Casablanca
Corbaccio
 1941 The Big Store
Ravelli
 1940 Go West
Joe Panello
 1939 At the Circus
Antonio
 1938 Room Service
Harry Binelli (as The Marx Brothers)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Tony (as The Marx Brothers)
 1936 Hollywood - The Second Step (Short)
Chico Marx
 1935 A Night at the Opera
Fiorello
 1933 Duck Soup
Chicolini
 1932 Horse Feathers
Baravelli
 1931 Monkey Business
Chico
 1930 Animal Crackers
Signor Emanuel Ravelli
 1929 The Cocoanuts
Chico
 1921 Humor Risk (Short)
Henchman
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Take a Bow. Musical revue. Broadhurst Theatre: 15 Jun 1944- 24 Jun 1944 (12 performances). Produced by Lou Walters. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Marx Brothers | Chico | The Marx Bros | The Marx Brothers

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his gambling habit] How much money have I lost from gambling in the past ten years? Find out how much money Harpo's got... that's how much I've lost. See more »

Trivia:

Chico Marx' birth name was Leonard Marx. The origin of his stage name is a commentary on his habitual womanizing. During the Marx Brothers' vaudeville days, show business slang for a woman was 'chick,' and Leonard Marx was rarely seen without a woman. Because all of the Marx brothers were adopting stage names ending with the letter 'O,' Leonard Marx's stage name became 'Chicko,' spelled with the ... See more »

Trademark:

With his brothers, he usually played a rakish con artist with a Italian accent. He often had a scene where he would play the piano in his own unique comedy way.

Star Sign:

Aries

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