Zeppo Marx signed Check

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Zeppo Marx signed Check
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Check from the Zeppo Marx Business Account issued in 1971. This historic document is hand signed by Zeppo Marx and is over 32 years old. Born: February 25, 1901 Died: November 30, 1979 Zeppo was the youngest of the five brothers. As a boy he was constantly involved in fights, which unlike Harpo or Groucho, he would win. He had a reputation for being quite the hooligan. It's always been Marx legend that Zeppo was placed into the act so that Minnie could keep him out of trouble. He took over the straight man roles from older brother Gummo. He always seemed to be in the background, acting as a foil for Chico or Groucho. It always seemed to Zeppo that he stood in everyone else's shadow. He hated not being allowed to be a comedian on stage. According to his brothers he was the funniest of them all. Considered by many to be the "normal" (and most handsome) Marx brother, Zeppo Marx appeared in only five Marx Brothers' films. Generally not the center of attention, Zeppo functioned mainly as a bland romantic distraction to Groucho, Chico, and Harpo's vaudeville-based comic craziness, and as a replacement for older brother Gummo, who left the act to pursue other avenues. Zeppo appeared in The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and what is considered by many to be the best Marx Brothers' film, Duck Soup. After leaving the act, both Zeppo and Gummo became very successful Hollywood talent agents. In addition, Zeppo invented a wristwatch to monitor the pulse-rate of cardiac patients that would ring an alarm if the patient went into cardiac arrest as well as clamping devices used in atomic bomb raids in the mid-'40s. Zeppo's second wife, Barbara, a former Vegas showgirl, divorced him after ten years and later became the last Mrs. Frank Sinatra.


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