Gummo Marx

Milton Marx (October 23, 1892 - April 21, 1977), known as Gummo, was one of the Marx Brothers. He worked with his brothers on Vaudeville, but left the act because he did not like performing. This was before they made any of their famous movies.

After leaving the act, Gummo went into the dressmaking business. Later he joined with his brother Zeppo Marx and operated a theatrical agency. The agency was later sold and Gummo turned to representing his brother Groucho Marx and television show The Life of Riley, which he helped develop.

He was given his nickname because he wore gum-soled shoes.


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He was given his nickname because he wore gum-soled shoes.
. The agency was later sold and Gummo turned to representing his brother Groucho Marx and television show The Life of Riley, which he helped develop. Ronald Reagan once famously referred to him as "...my John the Baptist" (in a political sense). Later he joined with his brother Zeppo Marx and operated a theatrical agency. George Murphy was the subject of a song by satirist Tom Lehrer celebrating his appointment in which Lehrer declared in mock vaudeville style: "Oh, gee it's great, at last we've got a senator who can really sing and dance." Murphy's move from the screen to politics paved the way for the successful transitions of actors such as Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. After leaving the act, Gummo went into the dressmaking business. He was unable to speak above a whisper for the rest of his life.

This was before they made any of their famous movies. During his Senate term, Murphy suffered from throat cancer, forcing him to have his larynx removed. He worked with his brothers on Vaudeville, but left the act because he did not like performing. Murphy served from January 1, 1965 to January 3, 1971. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970, and subsequently moved to Palm Beach, Florida, where he died. Milton Marx (October 23, 1892 - April 21, 1977), known as Gummo, was one of the Marx Brothers. In 1964 he was elected to the United States Senate; he defeated Pierre Salinger, who had been appointed several months earlier to serve the remainder of the late Clair Engle's unexpired term. In the 1950s, Murphy entered politics as chairman of the California Republican State Central Committee.

He was director of entertainment for presidential inaugurations in 1952, 1956, and 1960. He was a vice president of Desilu Studios and of the Technicolor Corporation. He was the President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1944 to 1946. During World War II he appeared in several patriotic films designed to increase morale in the U.S., including the 1943 movie This Is the Army in which he plays a thinly fictionalized version of Irving Berlin.

When Johnson decided to retire from show business in 1935, Murphy moved the family to Hollywood, appearing in several musicals and comedies until 1952. In 1927 he appeared on Broadway, partnering with his wife Julie Johnson as a dance act. He worked as a tool maker for the Ford Motor Company, as a miner, a real estate agent, and a night club dancer. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and attended Yale University.

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