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Also Known As: Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle Died: October 31, 1925
Born: December 16, 1883 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: France Profession: actor, director, screenwriter

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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 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".

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DIRECTOR:

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  Zirkuskonig, Der (1924) Director
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  Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) Director
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  Be My Wife (1921) Director
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  Be My Wife (1919)
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  Max in a taxi (1917) Director
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  Max comes across (1917) Director
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  Max wants a divorce (1917) Director
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  Max entre deux feux (1916) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 The Unfinished Dance (1947) Announcer
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 The Master Race (1944) Civilian
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 Unexpected Uncle (1941) Doorman
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 A Damsel in Distress (1937) Footman
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 Zirkuskonig, Der (1924)
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 The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922) Dart-In-Again
10.
 Be My Wife (1921) The Fiancé
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1902:
Moved to Paris to begin theatrical career
1905:
Signed with Charles Pathe to make films
1907:
Developed screen character of "Max"
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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"
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Education

Bordeaux Conservatoire: -

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

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daughter:
Maud Linder. Filmmaker. Born 1925.

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