Birth name: Leonard Marx
Birthdate: Tuesday, March 22nd, 1887
Location: New York City, USA
Died: Wednesday, October 11th, 1961
Location: Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of death: Arteriosclerosis
Best known for: One of the main trio of the Marx Brothers comedy act which had huge success in the movies in the 1930s and 40s, alongside Harpo and Groucho. He played an important role in the management and development of the Marx Brothers act, particularly in their early years.
|Chico in The College Bowl (1950)|
|In The Story of Mankind, aged 70|
On February 13th, 1958, at the age of 70, Chico appeared in the Playhouse 90 drama No Time at All, which also starred former silent comedy star Buster Keaton. Chico's final acting appearance was in The General Electric Theater's The Incredible Jewel Robbery in March 1959, which also featured Harpo. Chico plays policeman Harry who arrests criminal Harpo in a largely dialogue-free comedy outing.
|With Sylvia Sidney as Mr and Mrs Kramer|
in 1958's play No Time At All
|In 1959's The Incredible Jewel Robbery|
(with Harpo in the background)
|Chico was simply himself (a terrible|
gambler!) in his final screen appearance
on Championship Bridge (October 1960)
A bit of fun: Towards the end of the Marx Brothers' professional lives, Harpo didn't have to work if he didn't want to because he'd amassed a good amount of money from their fame, but he often agreed to take part in projects involving Chico so that his insolvent sibling could earn some money to pay back his debts. Here's an example of such a collaboration from 1956 - a sponsor's commercial for Prom Home Permanent.