Hapro Marx was a well-known comedian, mime artist, and musician in America. He is known for wearing a reddish-blond wig and using horn-like props during his performances. He was the second oldest in the Marx Brothers comedy family.
He was popular for his different comic style which was derived from a traditional clown and pantomime comedy style. He was also popular for his works in English movies like Humor Risk and Too Many Kisses.
Harpo Marx Wiki/Biography
Born on 23 November 1888, Harpo Marx’s age was 75 years when he died in the year 1964. He was born and brought up in a well-to-do comedian family from Manhattan, New York, the United States. He only studied up to the second standard and left school because of bullying at the age of only eight years old.
After that, he worked at many places with his brother and has done numerous odd jobs at a young age to contribute something to the family income.
|Full Name||Harpo Marx|
|Date of Birth||23 November 1888|
|Age (At Death)||75 Years|
|Date of Death||Sep 28, 1964|
|Birth Place||Manhattan, New York, USA|
|Profession||Comedian, Mime artist and Musician|
Family, Girlfriend & Relationships
Harpo Marx belongs to a well-settled comedian family from Manhattan, New York, United States. He is an American by nationality and has a belief in the Christianity religion.
His father’s name was Sam Marx who worked as a tailor and his native belonged from Alsace in France while his mother’s name was Minnie Schoenberg Marx who was a housewife and her native belonged to East Frisia in Germany.
He also has four siblings, his brother’s name was Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Gummo Marx, and Zeepo Marx. His maternal uncle’s name was Al Shean.
Harpo Marx’s marital status was married. He was married to Susan Fleming, the couple got married on 28 September 1936 in a private ceremony. Their marriage news becomes public after President Franklin D. Roosevelt send them his wishes through telegram.
The couple adopted four children named Bill, Alex, Jimmy, and Minnie.
Harpo Marx was a good looking man with a charming personality. He was 5 feet and 7 inches tall and his body weight was around 75 Kg. He had curly black color hair and had beautiful black eyes. He used to wear a red-blond color wig on his head during his stage performance. His body type was muscular and he didn’t have any tattoo inked on his body.
Harpo Marx started his career as a comedian and stage artist in the year 1910. He joined his brothers and formed a group Three Nightingales, later known as The Marx Brothers. He used to play the role of the dunce who couldn’t speak. His born name was Adolph Marx but he gained his stage name Harpo because he used to play the harp, when no one in the town knew how to play the instrument.
After that, he made his debut on-screen appearance with the movie Humor Risk in the year 1921. After that, he made his appearance in the movies like Too Many Kisses, The Coconuts, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, Animal Crackers, and many other popular movies. He mostly played the silent character in the movies and used a harp or whistling and used the pantomime method of comedy to convey some vital messages in the movie.
He also worked as a performer and goodwill ambassador at the Soviet Union in the year 1933. In 1936, he also performed in the Walt Disney Production of Mickey’s Polo team. He also featured in an early episode of the popular cartoon series Popeye titled Sock-A-Bye Baby. He also has a passion for painting and did some creative works and also recorded albums of harp music for RCA Victor and Mercury Records.
He also worked in television shows like I Love Lucy, The Martha Ray Show, The Incredible Jewelry Robbery, The DuPont Show, and many more television shows. He also made a guest appearance in TV shows like The Today Show Play Your Hunch, Candid Camera, You Bet Your Life and many other popular shows. After that he wrote his autobiography titled Harpo Speaks in the year 1961 and biography Harpo Speaks About New York in the year 2000.
Harpo Marx took his last breathe on 28 September 1964 at the age of 75 years old. He died when he was undergoing heart surgery at West Los Angeles hospital. After his crimination, his ashes were scattered at a golf course in Rancho Mirage, California.
After this death, his legacy continues in the industry and many films and TV shows gave tribute to the legendary comedian. Movies Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and theatre shows like Groucho: A Life in Revue and Broadway Musical.
Facts and Information
Harpo Mars was a regular member of the Algonquin Round Table and had a close friendship with theatre critic Alexander Woollcott. He was also very close to Soviet Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
His last public appearance came on 19 January 1963, when he made his appearance with Allan Sherman who was also a popular singer and comedian at that time. In this appearance, Harpo Marx announced his retirement from the entertainment industry.