Max Linder

Max Linder

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1883-12-16 · Deathday: 1925-11-01 (41 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Cavernes, Saint-Loubès, Gironde, France

85 Movies

Also Known As: Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle · Gentleman Max

Biography

Gabriel Leuvielle (16 December 1883 – 1 November 1925), known professionally as Max Linder (French: [maks lɛ̃.dɛʁ]), was a French actor, director, screenwriter, producer and comedian of the silent film era. His onscreen persona "Max" was one of the first recognizable recurring characters in film. He has also been cited as the "first international movie star" and "the first film star anywhere".Born in Cavernes, France to Catholic parents, Linder grew up with a passion for theater and enrolled in the Conservatoire de Bordeaux in 1899. He soon received awards for his performances and continued to pursue a career in the legitimate theater. He became a contract player with the Bordeaux Théâtre des Arts from 1901 to 1904, performing in plays by Molière, Pierre Corneille, and Alfred de Musset.From the summer of 1905, Linder appeared in short comedy films for Pathé, at first usually in supporting roles. His first major film role was in the Georges Méliès-like fantasy film The Legend of Punching. During the following years, Linder made several hundred short films portraying "Max", a wealthy and dapper man-about-town frequently in hot water because of his penchant for beautiful women and the good life. Starting with The Skater's Debut in 1907, the character became one of the first identifiable motion-picture characters who appeared in successive situation comedies. By 1911, Linder was co-directing his own films (with René LePrince) as well as writing the scripts.Linder enlisted at the outbreak of the First World War, and worked at first as a dispatch driver and entertainer. During his service, he was injured several times, and the experiences reportedly had a devastating effect on him both physically and mentally. It was during this time he suffered his first outbreak of chronic depression.

Early Life

Max Linder was born Gabriel Leuvielle near Saint-Loubès, Gironde. He was called "Max" from a young age. His parents, Jean and Suzanne (née Baron), were wealthy vineyard owners and expected Linder to take over the family business; his older brother Maurice (28 June 1881 – 14 December 1959) had become a celebrated national rugby player. But Linder grew up with a passion for theater, and was enthralled by the traveling theater and circus performances that occasionally visited his town. He later wrote that "nothing was more distasteful to me than the thought of a life among the grapes."As a child, Linder fell victim to a severe case of cholera. He survived by resting in the oven of the village baker. The heat from the oven supposedly brought down the infection to a manageable level.In the spring of 1888, the Leuvielle family's plantation was attacked by grape phylloxera. Jean and Suzanne heavily considered emigrating to America, and embarked on a trip to New York in search for propitious offers. During their trip, Max and Maurice remained in France with their grandmother Jeanne. Nothing became of Jean and Suzanne's plans to emigrate, as it was discovered that the French vines could be replaced with American plants, which were sturdier and resistant to phylloxera.While in New York, Suzanne gave birth to Max's younger brother, Gérard. They returned to France, and, two years later, a sister, Marcelle, was born. Max developed a particular affection for her. Marcelle, along with Suzanne and Jean, appeared in Max's film Max Is Convalescent (1911) and Marcelle starred alongside Max in Max, The Heartbreaker (1917).

Movies & TV shows

2013.

2 Movies
Birth of the Tramp

Birth of the Tramp

2013
From his rough childhood and music hall success in England to his early Hollywood days and the development of his enormously popular character, Charlot, a look back at Charlie Chaplin's early life and...

1983.

1 Movie
The Man in the Silk Hat

The Man in the Silk Hat

1983
A documentary with excerpts from Max Linder's films is narrated by his daughter.

1963.

2 Movies

1955.

1 Movie
All in Good Fun

All in Good Fun

1955
Bob Monkhouse introduced slapstick comedy to the world.

1947.

1 Movie
Fun on a Weekend

Fun on a Weekend

1947
Nancy Crane and Peter Porter met at a beach. Nancy is inspired by Peter's belief that a person can acquire wealth simply by creating an aura of success, so she convinces Peter to join her in pretendin...

1940.

1 Movie
The Ghost Comes Home

The Ghost Comes Home

1940
Comedy ensues when a small town pet store owner is mistaken for dead during a sea voyage. A number of people, including Frank Morgan, John Shelton, Harold Huber, Donald Meek, Nat Pendleton, Renie Rian...

1931.

1 Movie
The Theft of the Mona Lisa

The Theft of the Mona Lisa

1931
This German crime drama was based on a true story. Willy Forst stars as a poverty-stricken Italian glazier who falls in love with French hotel maid Rosa Valletti. Struck by the girl's resemblance to L...

1927.

1 Movie
Maxim's Porter

Maxim's Porter

1927
A man lives a normal family life during the day, but late evening he becomes a different person, taken to night-clubs and their attractions of songs and bohemia.

1924.

2 Movies
King of the Circus

King of the Circus

1924
Directed by Édouard-Émile Violet.
Au secours!

Au secours!

1924
Max accepts a wager that he cannot remain in a haunted castle for one hour (11 PM to midnight) without crying for help. As soon as he arrives he encounters strange and nightmarish visions, but he is n...

1923.

1 Movie
Par habitude

Par habitude

1923
The lives of the new tenants are turned upside down when Maurice returns to the apartment from which he just moved.

1922.

1 Movie
The Three Must-Get-Theres

The Three Must-Get-Theres

1922
The movie parodies the novel "The Three Musketeers".

1921.

2 Movies
Seven Years Bad Luck

Seven Years Bad Luck

1921
After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck, but in doing so causes himself the worst luck imaginable.
Be My Wife

Be My Wife

1921
Max is determined to woo Mary, despite her Aunt Agatha's disapproval.

1919.

1 Movie
Le petit café

Le petit café

1919
Max is a millionaire who is forced to lead a double-life as a waiter, the result of having lost a wager.

1917.

6 Movies
Max Comes Across

Max Comes Across

1917
The adventures of Max Linder, some based on real events, some fictional, as he travels by ocean liner from France to America.
Max and the Purse

Max and the Purse

1917
Max being a gentleman and helping a lady in distress. Max willingly helps the lady recover her forgotten purse before the boat they're traveling on is leaving.
Max Wants a Divorce

Max Wants a Divorce

1917
Max has to choose between losing his wife and a fortune. He will give his wife grounds for a divorce and then make her his wife. Again, Linder. He goes through a lot of trouble in helping her to get t...
Max entre deux feux

Max entre deux feux

1917
The story is about Max who in holiday in Switzerland meets two young American girls. They're friends, the first one is blond, the other one is brunette. He falls in love with the two of them and decid...
Max Linder Visits Charlie Chaplin

Max Linder Visits Charlie Chaplin

1917
In 1917, renowned French comedian and filmmaker Max Linder visited Charlie Chaplin.
Max in a Taxi

Max in a Taxi

1917
Max Linder in his first Los Angeles made comedy "Max in a Taxi"

1915.

3 Movies
Hairdresser of Love

Hairdresser of Love

1915
A Max Linder comedy short.
Chance and Love

Chance and Love

1915
Max flies to find his love and recover.
Max in Monaco

Max in Monaco

1915
The man is on a yacht.

1914.

8 Movies
Max Wishes He Hadn't

Max Wishes He Hadn't

1914
In consequence of a first kiss, poor Max finds himself claimed as a property of a persistent damsel. Even his approaching marriage does not deter the lady, who leads him a merry dance.
Max Sets the Style

Max Sets the Style

1914
Max is late for his own wedding, and, worse yet, has no shoes.
The Forced Marriage

The Forced Marriage

1914
Again Max is forced into marriage. If he doesn't marry soon he won't get any more money from his uncle. As all three candidates refuse his proposal he talks his servant into playing the bride. He mana...
Max in the Convent

Max in the Convent

1914
In this three-reeler, the young lady with whom he is in love is sent to a convent to get away from Max. Max is after her. While we are not forced to watch the mustachioed Linder in drag, there are som...
Max's Vacation

Max's Vacation

1914
Max is invited to join his uncle for a holiday, but he hasn't invited his wife, so he sneaks her in in his suitcase, always hiding her from his uncle...
Max as a Chiropodist

Max as a Chiropodist

1914
Came to visit a girl, Max presents itself as a pedicure.
Max Speaks English

Max Speaks English

1914
"Scene, a first-class railway carriage. Max and delightful girl alone. "May I smoke?" breaks the ice, and then Max brings all the arts of fascination to bear on the lady, who is by no means shy. Max c...
Max and the Jealous Husband

Max and the Jealous Husband

1914
A Max Linder comedy short.

1913.

6 Movies
Max Takes a Picture

Max Takes a Picture

1913
He attempts to take a photo of a woman in a bathing suit (and she's no beauty), waiting while she swims around like she thinks she's an early embodiment of Esther Williams. He's waiting for her to eme...
Max as a Musician

Max as a Musician

1913
Max loves a charming girl to distraction, but her father declares that his daughter shall never marry anyone but a musician. Max tries his hand at all kinds of instruments, only to fail lamentably. Ev...
Max Hates Cats

Max Hates Cats

1913
In this one, Max is engaged to a girl -- called, as in all his shorts, 'Jane' -- and she loves her pussycat. She loves the lazy, immobile lump of fur in a way that only cat lovers can, and which is a ...
Max's Hat

Max's Hat

1913
Max has been invited to meet with his in-laws and must dress formally, but each hat he attempts to wear for the occasion gets destroyed.
Max: Jockey for Love

Max: Jockey for Love

1913
Max meets the Countess Duvienne in a very distressing moment, for she has just learned that her jockey will be unable to ride her horse, the favorite for the owner's stakes. In that irresistible way o...

1912.

14 Movies
Long-Lasting Love

Long-Lasting Love

1912
Max is not allowed to pay attention to the girl by her father. It is a case where persistency meets obstinacy to win. The father and daughter must be followed by the artist. The old man promised to pa...
Max and Dog Dick

Max and Dog Dick

1912
When Max, a newly married man, suspects that his wife may be cheating on him, he gives his faithful dog Dick orders to keep on eye on her when he's not at home.
The Water-Funker

The Water-Funker

1912
Max is in love with Lili, capricious bride who won't do his will until he has recovered the ring she launched into the sea. But Max is afraid of water...
Max Linder's Appointment

Max Linder's Appointment

1912
The charming French lover, who gets into a bit of chaos in the coordination of his dates, is played by Max Linder.
Max and the Donkey

Max and the Donkey

1912
Max Linder strays further from his usual haunts of situational comedy, far into straight slapstick as he gets into a dispute over the woman he is courting with a pantomime donkey -- although whether t...
A Farm-house Romance

A Farm-house Romance

1912
Max is informed by his rich uncle that he's tired of supporting him. Instead, he has a farmer friend and he wants Max to marry one of the farmer's daughters. However, the farmer decides that his oldes...
The Wedding Trunk

The Wedding Trunk

1912
One man is standing in the way of Max marrying his girl. Her guardian. Max had to find a way to get him to agree.
Max Juggles for Love

Max Juggles for Love

1912
Max would like to marry a lady. She insists she won't marry him until he learns to juggle. He gets a idea that he hopes will work.
Max, Professeur de Tango

Max, Professeur de Tango

1912
Max is doing the Tango with Miss Leonora in a Berlin night club. Being impressed by the performance a german Baron asks him to give his family a dancing lesson. In the course of the evening Max gets d...
Affinity

Affinity

1912
The story is simple: Max and a pretty young lady, whom he has never met before, arrive at the same time at a luxury hotel on the Riviera, each for a little vacation by themselves. They are placed in a...
Max and the Statue

Max and the Statue

1912
Max starts out at a costume store to get a costume for a party. He sees a suit of armor and purchases it. He wears it to the party and gets kind of drunk and passes out. In the meantime, a museum has ...
Max Takes Back His Freedom

Max Takes Back His Freedom

1912
"Max quarrels so with his wife that the lady leaves him. Our hero then attempts to do his own cooking, etc. He buys a fowl, but it proves to be still alive, and after he has chased it with a revolver,...
Entente Cordiale

Entente Cordiale

1912
Max and his friend, who came to visit him in Paris both fall in love with his new maid. The girl is very friendly, and while one plays the piano, she dances with the other - and they are so happy that...
Max Fears the Dogs

Max Fears the Dogs

1912
Max, who fears dogs, is chased by them through the city, over walls, and even up a chimney and onto a roof.

1911.

5 Movies
Max Is Convalescent

Max Is Convalescent

1911
Max has been filming with his family at his place of convalescence.
Max Takes Tonics

Max Takes Tonics

1911
Max visits a doctor who prescribes a tonic (Bordeaux of Cinchona) for him to drink every morning. Upon returning home, Max sees a large glass which was left by his wife and labeled "Souvenir de Bordea...
Max and His Mother-in-Law

Max and His Mother-in-Law

1911
Max and his young bride attempt to enjoy an Alpine honeymoon, despite the presence of her mother.
Max and Jane Want to Do Theater

Max and Jane Want to Do Theater

1911
Max doesn't want to marry his father because he wants to go on stage. The girl, whom Max has never met, is also stage struck, and entertains no wish of marrying him, though her mother is anxious to se...

1910.

9 Movies
A Short-Sighted Duellist

A Short-Sighted Duellist

1910
Astigmatic, Max apologizes to lampposts, kisses the wrong lady, and is challenged to a duel.
Max Plays the Part

Max Plays the Part

1910
Max thinks he's a great dramatic actor, but his friends think he's not. He wants them to see him in a play. There are a lot of things that go wrong with Max's props. Max has the last laugh after his f...
Max Makes a Touch

Max Makes a Touch

1910
Max and Mick, two brothers, have prepared for a merry spree and are actually stepping into their cab when it occurs to them they are penniless. Lots are drawn to see who shall beard stern father and m...
Max manque un riche mariage

Max manque un riche mariage

1910
Max is going to make his first call to a young lady, the daughter of distinguished parents, and he wants to make a good impression. He tears his trousers as he stoops over to fix his shoe. In a most e...
Max Skiing

Max Skiing

1910
In a snowy Alpine district Max takes his first lessons in the art of skiing. He leaves the hotel with his skis fixed to his shoes, and his efforts and contortions to get through the door of his room a...
I Want a Baby

I Want a Baby

1910
Max and his wife of three years are happy, but they still don't have a child. It seems Max's wish may have come true when he reads of a new method of spontaneously generation. The young couple may get...
Max's First Job

Max's First Job

1910
The letter was received in the Pathe by a friend of the theatre. He tested before the director of the house. He was summoned to Joinville studios a week later. It's necessary to play a husband who com...
Max Takes a Bath

Max Takes a Bath

1910
On doctor's orders Max buys a new bathtub but things don't work out as planned.

1909.

8 Movies
Romeo Turns Bandit

Romeo Turns Bandit

1909
When Juliet's father refuses to let Romeo see her, he resorts to extreme measures.
A Conquest

A Conquest

1909
George, passing a pretty woman in the street, has recourse to that old-time trick of dropping his own handkerchief and hurrying after her, making believe that he thinks it is hers. On examining the ha...
The Gentleman Thief

The Gentleman Thief

1909
Max escaped from the evening party when he took a necklace from one of the guests. The guests and the police set out in pursuit but Max employs some novel methods and among others mounts a boat on the...
The Barometer of Fidelity

The Barometer of Fidelity

1909
The Max Linder short opens with him and his girl rowing in a canoe, then skips ahead two years later.
The Dentures

The Dentures

1909
Mother in law gets a new set of dentures. Despite being initially happy, the family soon discovers the teeth have a life of their own and jump from their owner's mouth and bite everyone who comes near...
The Surprises of a Flirtation

The Surprises of a Flirtation

1909
A man and his family are eating. One of the sons leaves the room pretending to be sick and takes a bunch of flowers out of the cupboard. The other son leaves under his bed with a bunch of flowers, fol...
La Petite Rosse

La Petite Rosse

1909
Max Linder is a suitor for a young lady. When Max learns to juggle with three balls, he will marry her, even though he suffers from her rough treatment.

1908.

4 Movies
Beginning of the Serpentine Dance

Beginning of the Serpentine Dance

1908
We get scenery, with a fiddler playing as 18th century patrons do a minuet; we get some Méliès moments as the devil appears, makes the dancers vanish and takes the fiddler to pandemonium, where they p...
In a Difficult Position

In a Difficult Position

1908
Max, a young man about town, splits his trousers while getting ready to go out one night. After applying some rather risky repairs without taking the trousers off, he gingerly heads off to a dinner pa...
His First Cigar

His First Cigar

1908
The film is quite sophisticated for it's time with a relatively large number of scene changes as we follow Max's misadventures. It also features a close-up shot to show his reactions to the effects of...
Troubles of a Grass Widower

Troubles of a Grass Widower

1908
A woman returns to her mother because she tires of her husband's behavior. The husband is happy to have the house for himself. Even the most basic domestic chores can be difficult.

1907.

4 Movies
Au music-hall (At the Music Hall)

Au music-hall (At the Music Hall)

1907
There are a lot of house boxes at the music hall.
Max Learns to Skate

Max Learns to Skate

1907
Max causes havoc when he joins other skaters on a frozen lake.
Joined Lips

Joined Lips

1907
The setting is a postoffice. A well-to-do lady has brought her maid to lick the stamps. A man, the maid's love interest, is taken by the sight and, as soon as he can, attempts to kiss her. Unfortunate...
Harlequin's Story

Harlequin's Story

1907
In the English language version of the movie, a servant rescues his girlfriend from a group of rich people who have transformed her into a mechanical doll.

1906.

1 Movie
Attempted Suicide

Attempted Suicide

1906
Suffering from unrequited love, Max hangs himself from a tree, and ends up hanging for hours while local townspeople squabble over whose responsibility it is to rescue him.
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