Arthur “Harpo” Marx (1888 – 1964) was an American comedian, actor, mime artist, and musician, and the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers. He is most known for his signature outfit: trench coat with over-large pockets, red wig (he switched to a blonde one for every film after The Cocoanuts), top hat, and a comical horn heard in his movies.
Harpo was also well known for playing the harp, though he could not read music. Outside the professional harp community, he remains one of the best “ambassadors for the harp” the world has known. In time, his talent earned him an international reputation as he performed in movies as well as in stage shows around the globe.
These intimate photos captured versatile Harpo Marx at home. He is now enjoying a vacation after completing his latest starring role in A Day at the Races, new Marx Brothers’ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy, directed by Sam Wood.