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Marx Brothers                                                                       
Groucho, Gummo, Minnie (mother), Zeppo, Frenchy (father), Chico and Harpo, at       
about the time of their act "Fun in Hi Skule" of 1913.                             
The Marx Brothers were a popular team of sibling comedians who appeared in         
vaudeville, stage plays, film, and television.                                     
Born in New York City, the Marx Brothers were the sons of Jewish immigrants from   
Germany. Their mother, Minnie Schunberg, was from Dornum in East Frisia, and       
their father Simon Marrix (whose name was changed to Sam Marx, and who was         
nicknamed "Frenchy") was a native of Alsace, now part of France, and worked as a   
tailor. The family lived in the then-poor Yorkville section of New York City's     
Upper East Side, between the Irish, German and Italian Quarters.                   
The brothers were:                                                                 
Stage name Actual name Born Died Age                                               
Manfred January 1886 July 17, 1886 (died in infancy)                               
Chico Leonard March 22, 1887 October 11, 1961 74                                   
Harpo Adolph (after 1911: Arthur) November 23, 1888 September 28, 1964 75           
Groucho Julius Henry October 2, 1890 August 19, 1977 86                             
Gummo Milton October 23, 1892 April 21, 1977 84                                     
Zeppo Herbert February 25, 1901 November 30, 1979 78                               
Top to bottom: Chico, Harpo, Groucho and Zeppo (1931)