skip navigation
Max Linder

Max Linder

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Max Linder - NOT AVAILABLE

Find what your looking for faster use the search field below to shop for titles.

SEARCH TCM.COM/SHOP


OR ... Click here to VOTE > for this person to be released on Home Video



Also Known As: Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle Died: October 31, 2025
Born: December 16, 1883 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: France Profession: actor, director, screenwriter

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

The first true comic genius of the screen, Max Linder was a star before Chaplin, Keaton or Lloyd had ever heard of the motion picture. The wealthy, French-born Linder had little luck in the legitimate theater because of his height (5'2") and his inability to buckle under to directors' instructions. He entered films in 1905, signed by Charles Pathe to make a series of comedies. Within two years, he developed the screen character that made him famous worldwide: Max, the dapper boulevardier, unflappably romantic. Linder starred in and directed some 360 one-reel comedies over the next eight years, with such self-explanatory titles as "Max Takes a Bath", "Max's Duel", "Max on Skis" and "Max and His Dog".The Linder comedies, unlike the frenetic slapstick of Sennett and Chaplin, were clever, well-plotted and often moving little playlets, with a French daring and often incorporating experimental camera techniques. The handsome, dashing Linder's height didn't inhibit his screen career, and he became something of a heartthrob. He was at the height of his fame when WWI broke out. Linder enlisted early, and was seriously wounded three times. Shell-shocked, his emotional and physical health shattered, Linder was...

The first true comic genius of the screen, Max Linder was a star before Chaplin, Keaton or Lloyd had ever heard of the motion picture. The wealthy, French-born Linder had little luck in the legitimate theater because of his height (5'2") and his inability to buckle under to directors' instructions. He entered films in 1905, signed by Charles Pathe to make a series of comedies. Within two years, he developed the screen character that made him famous worldwide: Max, the dapper boulevardier, unflappably romantic. Linder starred in and directed some 360 one-reel comedies over the next eight years, with such self-explanatory titles as "Max Takes a Bath", "Max's Duel", "Max on Skis" and "Max and His Dog".

The Linder comedies, unlike the frenetic slapstick of Sennett and Chaplin, were clever, well-plotted and often moving little playlets, with a French daring and often incorporating experimental camera techniques. The handsome, dashing Linder's height didn't inhibit his screen career, and he became something of a heartthrob. He was at the height of his fame when WWI broke out. Linder enlisted early, and was seriously wounded three times. Shell-shocked, his emotional and physical health shattered, Linder was never the same.

A 1917 trip to America resulted in three Essanay films, "Max Comes Across", "Max Wants a Divorce" and "Max and His Taxi". During a second American trip, Linder made two of his best-known comedies, "Seven Years Bad Luck" (1919, incorporating the famous "mirror" gag later used by the Marx brothers and others), and his absurdist Douglas Fairbanks parody, "The Three Must-Get-There's" (1922).

Still fragile, Linder returned to France and made his last few films: the dark comedy "Au secours!/Help!" (1924) and Abel Gance's "The King of the Circus" (1925). While filming "Le Chevalier barclas", Linder checked into a Paris hotel with his young wife and baby daughter. The elder Linder died in a suicide pact (though Mrs. Linder's enthusiasm for the act was never made clear). Their daughter, Maud, grew up to rescue her father's films and make the documentary "The Man in the Silk Hat" (1983), preserving his work for posterity.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Zirkuskonig, Der (1924) Director
2.
3.
  Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) Director
4.
  Be My Wife (1921) Director
5.
  Be My Wife (1919)
6.
  Max wants a divorce (1917) Director
7.
  Max comes across (1917) Director
8.
  Max in a taxi (1917) Director
9.
10.
  Max entre deux feux (1916) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 The Unfinished Dance (1947) Announcer
3.
4.
5.
 The Master Race (1944) Civilian
6.
 Unexpected Uncle (1941) Doorman
7.
 A Damsel in Distress (1937) Footman
8.
 Zirkuskonig, Der (1924)
9.
 The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922) Dart-In-Again
10.
 Be My Wife (1921) The FiancĂ©
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1902:
Moved to Paris to begin theatrical career
1905:
Signed with Charles Pathe to make films
1907:
Developed screen character of "Max"
:
Made world tour, shooting location films during the 1910s
1914:
Enlisted in Army
1917:
First American trip
1919:
Second American trip
1925:
Final completed film, "The King of the Circus"
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Bordeaux Conservatoire: -

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Helene Peters. French, born c. 1906; married in 1923; committed suicide with husband in 1925.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Maud Linder. Filmmaker. Born 1925.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute