Leonard Marx (1887 - 1961) MP

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Nicknames: "Chico"
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Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: Died in Hollywood, CA, USA
Cause of death: Cardiovascular disease
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About Leonard Marx

Leonard "Chico" Marx was the eldest of the Marx Brothers. Marx used an Italian accent for his on-stage character; stereotyped ethnic characters were common with Vaudeville comedians.

Chico was a talented pianist. In the brothers' last film, Love Happy, Chico plays a piano and violin duet with 'Mr. Lyons'.

When their mother Minnie died, Chico became manager of the Marx Brothers. As manager he cut a deal to get the Marx Brothers a percentage of a film's gross receipts — the first of its kind in Hollywood.

For a while in the 1930s and 1940s Chico led a big band. Singer Mel Tormé began his professional career singing with the Chico Marx Orchestra.

He had a reputation as a world-class pinochle player. His brother Groucho said Chico would throw away good cards (with the knowledge of spectators) to make the play "more interesting." Chico's last public appearance was in 1960, playing cards on a television show, Celebrity Bridge. He and his partner lost the game, but it did not seem to bother him at all.

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Leonard "Chico" Marx's Timeline

1887
March 22, 1887
New York, NY, USA
1917
1917
Age 29
1918
January 13, 1918
Age 30
1940
1940
Age 52
1958
1958
Age 70
1961
October 11, 1961
Age 74
Hollywood, CA, USA
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Glendale, CA, USA