75 (passed away Sep. 28th, 1964)
Nov. 23rd, 1888
New York City, New York, USA
5' 5 1/2"
Harpo Marx's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1957 - The Story of Mankind
1949 - Love Happy
1946 - A Night in Casablanca
1941 - The Big Store
1940 - Go West
1939 - At The Circus
1938 - Room Service
1937 - A Day at the Races
1935 - A Night at the Opera
1933 - Duck Soup
1932 - Horse Feathers
1931 - Monkey Business
1930 - Animal Crackers
Guest TV Roles
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 musical numbers would many times bring tears to the eyes of the audience of an otherwise hilarious movie.
- Harpo officially became a mime after a theater critic once noted that Harpo was brilliant until his character spoke. From then on, Harpo never spoke while in character.
- At the beginning of the film _Monkey Business (1931)_ (qv), 'The Marx Brothers' (qv), playing ship's stowaways concealed in barrels, are first introduced harmonizing unseen, singing the popular song "Sweet Adeline." And although he is cannot be seen, this musical performance marks the only time during one of 'The Marx Brothers' (qv)' movie that Harpo's voice -- a clear and pleasant baritone -- is ever heard.
- One of only two Marx Brothers to play a recurring role in their films (not counting when they used their own names). He played the role of "Pinky" in both _Horse Feathers (1932)_ (qv) and _Duck Soup (1933)_ (qv).
- Once crashed a Hollywood costume party at the home of 'Marion Davies' (qv), dressed as 'Kaiser Wilhelm II' (qv). He had to hitchhike to get home and ended up being arrested by Beverly Hills police on charges of vagrancy, illegal entry, escaping from jail in Gloversville, New York, impersonating 'Kaiser Wilhelm II' (qv), and impersonating Harpo Marx.
- When he trained himself in the harp, he later learned that he did it the wrong way. However, when he became famous, many musicians came to him to learn his method of harp playing.
- The character of Banjo in 'George S. Kaufman' (qv) and 'Moss Hart' (qv)'s play "The Man Who Came to Dinner" is based on Harpo.
- Legally changed his given name to Arthur around 1911 because he much preferred it to the very German Adolph.
- Adopted father of 'Bill Marx (I)' (qv), Alexander Marx, Minnie Marx and Jimmy Marx, from his marriage to 'Susan Fleming (I)' (qv)
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