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Simon Samuel Marx

Also Known As: "Frenchie", "Samuel Marx", "Sam Marx"
Birthplace: Mertzwiller, Alsace, France
Death: May 11, 1933 (73)
Los Angeles, CA, United States (heart attack)
Place of Burial: Glendale, Queens County, New York, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Son of Simon Mark Marx and Hanna Adele Levi Marx
Husband of Minnie Marx
Father of Manfred Marx; Chico Marx; Harpo Marx; Groucho Marx; Gummo Marx and 7 others
Brother of Julius Marx; Jeanette H Marx; Heinrich Marx; Sara Marx; Esther Marx and 5 others

Occupation: Vaudeville performer
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About Frenchie Marx

Samuel "Frenchie" Marx (born Simon Marx) was the husband of Minnie Marx, and father of the Marx Brothers.

He met Minnie in New York where he was working as a dance teacher. They married in 1884 and had 6 sons. Their first son, Manfred, born 1885, died in infancy.

Sam became a tailor, although not a very good one. He was a talented cook, often convincing the landlord to delay their rent paytime with a good meal. In his show An Evening With Groucho, Groucho reminisces about Sam Marx:

"My father was a tailor, and a very bad one, and Chico was always short of money, and he used to hock my fathers shears, so whenever my father made a suit, of course it didn't fit, and the shears would be hanging up in the pawnshop on Ninety-first Street." —Groucho Marx

In his last interview, Zeppo also told:

"My father was a very bad tailor but he found some people who were so stupid that they would buy his clothes, and so he'd make a few dollars that way for food." —Zeppo Marx

Sam Marx did a cameo appearance in his four sons' film Monkey Business (1931), sitting on top of luggage behind the brothers on the pier as they wave to the First Officer, the boys having slipped off the ship without being arrested as stowaways.

"New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 29 November 2018), Samuel Marks and Minnie Schonberg, 18 Jan 1885; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,671,682.

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Frenchie Marx's Timeline

October 23, 1859
Mertzwiller, Alsace, France
January 1886
New York, New York, United States
January 1886
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, United States of America
March 22, 1887
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, United States of America
March 22, 1887
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, United States of America
November 23, 1888
New York, NY, United States
November 23, 1888
New York
October 2, 1890
New York, NY, United States
2, 1890
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, United States of America