On this day, March 22, 1887, American comedian and film star as part of the Marx Brothers, Leonard "Chico" Marx was born. The oldest of the Marx Brothers, though he was not the first-born; he was preceded by Manfred Marx, who died in infancy.,
Charming, dim-witted albeit crafty con artist, seemingly of rural Italian origin, his persona in the act wore shabby clothes, and sported a curly-haired wig and Tyrolean hat.
In virtually every film that includes the main trio of the Marx Brothers, Chico is seen working with Harpo Marx, usually as partners-in-crime.
In addition to his work as a performer, at least in its early years, he played an important role in the management and development of the act.
Chico died of arteriosclerosis on October 11, 1961 at his Hollywood home: he was the eldest brother and the first to die.He is entombed in a crypt in the Freedom Mausoleum in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
1912 - Karl Malden (Mladen Sekulovich) (actor: Streets of San Francisco, Streetcar Named Desire, The Sting, How the West was Won, On the Waterfront; spokesperson: American Express commercials; died Jul 1, 2009)
1917 - Virginia Grey (actress: The Rose Tattoo, Bachelor in Paradise; died Jul 31, 2004)
1920 - Ross Martin (Martin Rosenblatt) (actor: The Wild Wild West, Dying Room Only; died Jul 3, 1981)
1923 - Marcel Marceau (Mangel) (mime: famous quote from Marceau “!”; he spoke in Silent Movie - the only speaking part in the film; died Sep 22, 2007)
1935 - M. (Michael) Emmet Walsh (actor: Relative Fear, The Mighty Quinn, Serpico, Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fletch, Blade Runner, Reds, Ordinary People, East of Eden, Stiletto, Unsub, The Sandy Duncan Show)
1936 - May Britt (Maybritt Wilkens) (actress: The Young Lions, The Hunters, Murder, Inc., Haunts)
1941 - Bruno Ganz (actor: The American Friend, Wings of Desire, The Last Days of Chez Nous, Children of Nature)
1955 - Lena Olin (actress: Romeo is Bleeding, Havana, After the Rehearsal)
1959 - Matthew Modine (actor: Fluke, Short Cuts, Married to the Mob, And the Band Played On, Pacific Heights, Full Metal Jacket, Mrs. Soffel, The Hotel New Hampshire, Birdy, Private School)