Milton ‘Gummo’ Marx joined his brothers Julius ‘Groucho’ and Adolph ‘Harpo’ in 1911 to become the vaudeville singing troupe the Three Nightingales. When brother Leonard ‘Chico’ joined the group, they became the Four Marx Brothers, with Gummo playing the straight role. (He was nicknamed Gummo because of his penchant for rubber shoes, ‘Gum-shoes’ which also became a common slang term for a policeman.) Gummo left the group in 1917 to join the U.S. Army during World War I and was replaced by baby brother Herbert ‘Zeppo.’ Afterward, he became his brothers’ agent and even went into show business management with brother Zeppo when the latter quit the team in 1933. Gummo was considered the most responsible brother, whether it was taking care of the wayward Chico’s finances or handling a family member’s funeral. Gummo is entombed next to his wife Helen, and across the hallway from elder brother Chico, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
NOTE: Brothers Zeppo (whose ex-wife later married Frank Sinatra) and Harpo were both cremated, the formers ashes being spread at sea while Harpo’s ashes were sprinkled into the sand trap at the seventh hole of the Rancho Mirage golf course!