Groucho Marx

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Groucho Marx, born Julius Henry Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977), was an American vaudeville and movie comedian. He is most famous for his appearances with his brothers Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo as the Marx Brothers.

Early life

As a young Jew growing up in Manhattan, Julius Marx and his four brothers — Leonard (Chico), Arthur (Harpo), Milton (Gummo), and Herbert (Zeppo) — followed their uncle's footsteps into vaudeville. Each brother developed a characteristic stage persona; for example, Groucho wore a greasepaint moustache and smoked a fat cigar in imitation of a college professor, while Harpo rarely said anything except through a horn.

Solo career

Groucho went on to host the NBC television game show You Bet Your Life and to appear on The Dick Cavett Show. One of his most remembered You Bet Your Life episode in 1951 featured colorful Louisiana state Senator Dudley J. LeBlanc, know for peddling a patent medicine called "Hadacol."