::Groucho Marx


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Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian and film and television star.<ref name=obit/> He was known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era.<ref>Billboard Magazine May 4, 1974 pg 35: "Groucho Marx was the best comedian this country ever produced – Woody Allen"</ref> His rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers and imitators.

He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life.<ref name=obit/>

His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, glasses, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache and eyebrows. These exaggerated features resulted in the creation of one of the world's most ubiquitous and recognizable novelty disguises, known as "Groucho glasses": a one-piece mask consisting of horn-rimmed glasses, large plastic nose, bushy eyebrows and mustache.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }} "The most enduring masks of the 20th century—likely to take their place alongside Comedy and Tragedy or Pulcinella and Pierrot"</ref>

Groucho Marx sections
Intro   Early life    Career    Personal life    Later years    Death    Legacy    Solo filmography    References   Further reading   External links   

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