" Marx's 1976 memoir recounts the episode as fact, but co-writer Hector Arce relied mostly on sources other than Marx himself—who was by then in his mid eighties, in ill health and mentally compromised—and was probably unaware that Marx had specifically denied making the observation. As Groucho Marx once said, 'Anyone can get old — all you have to do is to live long enough'. He was a friend of such literary figures as Booth Tarkington, T. S. Eliot and Carl Sandburg. Arthur Julius Marx (July 21, 1921 â April 14, 2011) was an American author, a nationally ranked amateur tennis player, and son of entertainer Groucho Marx and his first wife, Ruth Johnson. What's posterity ever done for me? ', 'I find television very educating. Julius's early career goal was to become a doctor, but the family's need for income forced him out of school at the age of twelve. Much to their surprise, the audience liked them better as comedians than as singers. You Bet Your Life was the post-World War II vehicle that provided Groucho Marx with a career apart from his brothers and introduced him to a generation of viewers too young to remember him from his stage or film work. ", - IMDb Mini Biography By: His gravestone bears no epitaph, but in one of his last interviews he suggested one: "Excuse me, I can't stand up. Home | Biography | Groucho Marx. The ''secret word'' in this episode is "WALL". There's a famous club in London called the Groucho, frequented by actors and celebrities.  His health continued to decline the following year; when his younger brother Gummo died at age 83 on April 21, 1977, Marx was never told for fear of eliciting still further deterioration of his health. Irving Berlin, Robert Kimball, Linda Emmet. George Fenneman, his radio and TV announcer, good-natured foil, and lifelong friend, often related a story of one of his final visits to Marx's home: When the time came to end the visit, Fenneman lifted Marx from his wheelchair, put his arms around his torso, and began to "walk" the frail comedian backwards across the room towards his bed. , Groucho, a supporting character in the Italian horror comics series Dylan Dog, is a Groucho Marx impersonator whose character became his permanent personality, and he works with Dylan Dog as his professional sidekick. At this point, I'll try anything!". Duriâ¦ You Bet Your Life debuted in October 1947 on ABC radio (which aired it from 1947 to 1949), sponsored by costume jewelry manufacturer Allen Gellman; and then on CBS (1949–50), and finally NBC. After the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915, public anti-German sentiment was widespread, and Marx's German character was booed, so he quickly dropped the accent and developed the fast-talking wise-guy character that became his trademark. View the list A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. I should have asked for a jury. It got its name from the famous Groucho quote that he would not join any club that would accept him as a member. However, one evening in 1938, I was out at a local Hollywood restaurant with my wife having dinner when this man walked up to my table and asked me, "Are you Groucho Marx?" The show was responsible for popularizing the phrases "Say the secret word and the duck will come down and give you fifty dollars," "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb?" Lafe Schonburg died in Chicago, IL in 1919 at the age of 101. An added Marx homage was that a poster for the Marx Brothers' movie Go West was included on the cover art.. ", Marx's previous work regained popularity; new books of transcribed conversations were published by Richard J. Anobile and Charlotte Chandler. Video. Fleming's influence on Marx was controversial. All of this stage work predated their Hollywood career. , A meeting with Elton John led to a press photo of Marx pointing both of his index fingers and thumbs at Elton like revolvers. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies. She was 24 when she married the 63 year old Groucho. He played a mob boss called "God" and, according to Marx, "both my performance and the film were God-awful!". I'd make cigars out of the Morning World when I was a kid. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. He said he could just look at a man and tell his size, with the result that frequently he'd make a pair of pants with one trouser leg seven or eight inches longer than the other. Groucho played the tubes for me, which brings me to tears.". The greasepaint mustache and eyebrows originated spontaneously prior to a vaudeville performance in the early 1920s when he did not have time to apply the pasted-on mustache he had been using (or, according to his autobiography, simply did not enjoy the removal of the mustache because of the effects of tearing an adhesive bandage off the same patch of skin every night). Much of his personal correspondence with those and other figures is featured in the book The Groucho Letters (1967) with an introduction and commentary on the letters written by Marx, who donated his letters to the Library of Congress. Alice Cooper contributed over $27,000 to remodel the sign, in memory of his friend. Born in New York. A member of the highly popular family comedy act âMarx Brothersâ which also included his brothers Chico, Harpo, Gummo, and Zeppo, Groucho Marx also had a tremendously successful solo career. The only game I like to play is Old Maid...provided she's not TOO old. , In July 1937, an America vs England pro-celebrity tennis doubles match was organized, featuring Marx and Ellsworth Vines playing against Charlie Chaplin and Fred Perry, to open the new clubhouse at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club. , In the Hungarian dubbed version of Woody Allen's film Annie Hall, a famous quotation told by Alvy Singer (Allen) at the beginning of the film is not attributed to Groucho Marx as in the original, but to Buster Keaton. . Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (/ˈɡraʊtʃoʊ/; October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian, actor, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star. Upon hearing silence coming from the trading floor, he walked into view, was given a loud cheer by the traders, and shouted, "Gentlemen, in 1929 I lost eight hundred thousand dollars on this floor, and I intend to get my money's worth!" As the lights went down, Marx called out, "Does it have a happy ending?" The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wise-cracker with the painted-on moustache and stooped walk was the leader of The Marx Brothers.With one-liners that were often double entendres, Groucho never cursed in any of his performances and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. Groucho Marx was considered the most recognizable of the Marx Brothers.