Birth name: Julius Henry Marx
Birthdate: Thursday, October 2nd, 1890
Location: New York City, USA
Died: Friday, August 19th, 1977
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
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 Chico. He also enjoyed a successful solo career, notably as the host of You Bet Your Life on TV and radio. He was given an honorary Oscar in 1974 in recognition of his "unequaled achievements" in motion picture comedy.
|Groucho as Ko-Ko in The Mikado,|
when he was aged 69
|Groucho's sole serious role in The|
Hold-Out (1962), aged 71
In 1968 Groucho took on his penultimate acting role, as Mob boss God, in Otto Preminger's Skidoo. It was universally panned by critics at the time, and is still viewed as one of the greatest bombs of all time. The film attempts to get down with the kids, and has been described variously as "a finely controlled mess" and "an endlessly fascinating aberration". Groucho, then aged 70, allegedly prepared for the LSD-themed film by taking a dose of it, and reportedly had a moving, largely pleasant experience.
|Groucho as he appeared in the trailer for|
1968's bomb, Skidoo
|Receiving an honorary Oscar|
in 1974, aged 83
Towards the end, as 1977 progressed, Groucho grew weaker and weaker, largely reduced to a wheelchair, and on June 22nd, 1977 was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital in California with pneumonia. He died little short of a month later, becoming the one with the longest lifespan, though not the last to die - that was Zeppo in 1979. Groucho's death, aged 86, was somewhat overshadowed by the demise three days earlier of someone called Elvis Presley.
|Groucho pictured in 1977,|
the year he died, aged 86
Fun gallery: Towards the end of his life Groucho was photographed with a whole host of other famous faces, some of which you would not automatically picture him with! Here's a selection of photos of him with, respectively, Charlie Chaplin; Bill Cosby and Jack Nicholson; Diana Ross; Queen; and Alice Cooper and Gary Glitter.