Do you recall who the youngest of the Marx Brothers was? He starred in the first five Marx Brothers movies before starting his second career and making his millions.
It was on this day, February 25, 1901, American film star, musician, engineer,theatrical agent and businessman Herbert Manfred "Zeppo" Marx was born. The youngest of the five Marx Brothers, straight man, romantic figure, understudy of his three older brothers, someone who played Groucho's part better than Groucho himself, Zeppo appeared in the first five Marx Brothers feature films, from 1929 to 1933. This included "The Cocoanuts (1929)", "Animal Crackers (1930)" , "Monkey Business (1931)", "Horse Feathers (1932)""Duck Soup (1933)".
In 1933 Zeppo left the act because he felt that his talents were not being fully utilized to start his second career as an theatrical agent with his brother Gummo. Also, being somewhat of a mechanical whiz, he invented a wristwatch that would monitor the pulse rate of cardiac patients. His company, Marman Products, produced clamping devices which were used in the first atomic bomb raids over Japan in 1945. Zeppo Marx became a multi-millionaire due to his engineering efforts. He was 78 when he died because of cancer.
Five of the Marx Brothers’ thirteen feature films were selected by the American Film Institute (AFI) as among the top 100 comedy films, with two of them (Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera) in the top twelve.
The brothers were also included in AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of the most significant screen legends, the only performers to be inducted collectively.