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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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(1935)
(1932)
Duck Soup Pinky
(1933)
(1941)

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 1962 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
Harpo Marx
- The Musicale (1962) ... Harpo Marx
 1962 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Guardian Angel
- Somebody Up There Should Stay There (1962) ... Guardian Angel
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Benson
- A Silent Panic (1960) ... Benson
 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
 1957 The Story of Mankind
Sir Isaac Newton
 1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Harpo Marx
- Lucy and Harpo Marx (1955) ... Harpo Marx
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Governor
- Revenge with Music (1954) ... Governor
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Comedian
- All Star Ice Revue (1953) ... Guest Comedian
 1949 Love Happy
Harpo
 1946 A Night in Casablanca
Rusty
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Harpo Marx
 1941 The Big Store
Wacky
 1940 Go West
'Rusty' Panello
 1939 At the Circus
'Punchy'
 1938 Room Service
Faker Englund (as The Marx Brothers)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Stuffy (as The Marx Brothers)
 1935 A Night at the Opera
Tomasso
 1933 Duck Soup
Pinky
 1932 Horse Feathers
Pinky
 1931 Monkey Business
Harpo
 1930 Animal Crackers
The Professor
 1929 The Cocoanuts
Harpo
 1925 Too Many Kisses
The Village Peter Pan
 1921 Humor Risk (Short)
Watson
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Cocoanuts. Musical comedy. Music by Irving Berlin. Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by George S. Kaufman. Additional text by Morrie Ryskind. Musical Director: Frank Tours. Music orchestrated by Frank Tours, Maurice De Packh, Stephen Jones and Louis Katzman. Scenic Design by Woodman Thompson. Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 6 Print Biographies | 13 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

Harpo's Place

Alternate Names:

Marx Brothers | The Marx Bros | The Marx Brothers

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on performing in vaudeville] If an audience didn't like us we had no trouble finding it out. We were pelted with sticks, bricks, spitballs, cigar butts, peach pits and chewed-out stalks of sugar cane. We took all this without flinching - until Minnie gave us the high-sign that we'd collected our share of the receipts. Then we started throwing stuff back at the audience and run like hell for the ... See more »

Trivia:

As a child, Harpo was apparently infatuated with music. He rejoiced when his family bought a piano. He then fell into dispair when he found out that they could only afford to let one brother have piano lessons. His brother Chico Marx ended up with the lessons, which he did not take seriously. Harpo, of course, later mastered the harp. 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 »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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