Chico (Leonard) Marx Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: March 22, 1887 in New York City, New York
Died: October 11, 1961 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Biography | show moreshow less
Leonard "Chico" Marx (1887-1961) was the oldest of the five Marx Brothers and one of the main three performers (including Groucho and Harpo). These three brothers appeared in 17 films together, 1 unreleased and probably lost (Humor Risk, 1921). In most of the films, Chico and Harpo play a troublemaking, crime-committing duo, with Harpo in the silent dunce role and Chico playing the crafty but dim-witted leader. After the brothers' mother and business manager passed away in 1929, Chico took over as business manager for the comedy group. He is credited with the first deal for performers that involved the receiving of a set percentage of a production's gross receipts. During the war years, Chico headed his own orchestra and created a solo comedy act that he continued into the late 1940s. Chico was a skillful imitator of Italian dialect, and he played the piano well enough to entertain an audience. Chico's financial difficulties were a major factor in the group's decision to remain active into the late 1940s and 1950s. They released A Night in Casablanca (1946) to help their brother pay off his gambling debts.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
2005 Great Performances (Other), 1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (Other), 1964 The Big Parade of Comedy (Other), 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 1 (Other), 2004 Remarks on Marx: A Night at the Opera (Other), 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Other), 1972 Hollywood: The Dream Factory (Other), 1993 The Unknown Marx Brothers (Other), 1965 Hollywood My Home Town (Other), 1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up (Other), 1950 The Bigelow Theatre (Performer), 1950 The Silver Theatre (Performer), 1946 A Night in Casablanca (Performer), 1937 A Day at the Races (Performer), 1961 I've Got a Secret (in person), 1955 The Name's the Same (in person), 1951 What's My Line (in person), 1950 Cavalcade of Stars (in person), 1934 Hollywood on Parade No. B-7 (in person), 1933 Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 (in person), 1932 Hollywood on Parade No. A-5 (in person), 1931 The House That Shadows Built (in person), 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The (Sound), 1952 Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians (Other), 1965 Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... (Other), 1934 Screen Snapshots, Series 13, No. 5 (in person), 1952 Celebrity Time (in person), 2011-2012 Special Collector's Edition (Other), 1958 Playhouse 90 (Performer), 1956 Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (Performer), 1941 The Big Store (Performer), 1940 Go West (Performer), 1933 Duck Soup (Performer), 1932 Horse Feathers (Performer), 1930 Animal Crackers (Performer), 1955 Screen Snapshots: The Great Al Jolson (in person), 1948 The Milton Berle Show (in person), 1933 Hollywood on Parade No. B-5 (in person), 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Other), 1939 From the Ends of the Earth (Other), 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 11 (Other), 1974 Milton Berle's Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy (Other), 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters (Sound), 1978 Newsfront (Other), 1982 The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (Other), 1976 America at the Movies (Other), 1961 The DuPont Show of the Week (Other), 1949 Love Happy (Performer), 1938 Room Service (Performer), 1935 A Night at the Opera (Performer), 1931 Monkey Business (Performer), 1929 The Cocoanuts (Performer), 1921 Humor Risk (Performer), 1959 Showtime (in person), 1957 Tonight! America After Dark (in person), 1957 Tonight! (in person), 1959 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1957 The Story of Mankind (Performer), 1953 Einmal kehr' ich wieder (Performer), 1939 At the Circus (Performer), 1956 Inside Beverly Hills (in person), 1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1936 Hollywood - The Second Step (in person), 2004 Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy (Other), 2004 Broadway: The American Musical (Other), 1986 Classic Comedy Teams (Other), 2004 On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! (Other), 1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World (Other), 2003 Inside the Marx Brothers (Other), 1997 American Masters (Other), 1950 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Famous Feet (Other)
Theater Credits | show moreshow less
Minnie's Boys - Other (March 26, 1970 - May 30, 1970), Take a Bow - Performer (June 15, 1944 - June 24, 1944), Animal Crackers - Performer (October 23, 1928 - April 6, 1929), The Cocoanuts - Performer (May 16, 1927 - May 28, 1927), The Cocoanuts - Performer (December 8, 1925 - August 7, 1926), I'll Say She Is - Performer (May 19, 1924 - February 7, 1925)

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