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Max Linder

Although all too frequently neglected by fans of silent comedy, Max Linder is in many ways as important a figure as Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, or Harold Lloyd, not least because he predated (and influenced) them all by several years, and was largely responsible for the creation of the classic style of silent slapstick comedy. He started out as an actor in the French theatre, but after making his screen debut in 1905 he quickly became an enormously famous and successful film comedian on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to his character "Max", a top-hatted dandy. By 1912, he was the highest-paid film star in the world, with an unprecedented salary of one million francs. He began to direct films in 1911 and showed equal facility behind the camera, but his career suffered an almost terminal blow when he was called up to fight in World War I. He was gassed, and the illness that resulted would blight his career. Although offered a contract in America, recurring ill-health meant that his US films had little of the sparkle of his early French work, and a brief attempt to revive his career by making films for the recently-formed United Artists (one of whose founders, of course, was Chaplin) in the early 1920s came to little, although these later films are now regarded as classics. He returned to France and killed himself in a suicide pact with his wife in 1925.

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Dec 16, 1883 In Cavernes, Saint-Loubès, Gironde, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Tout sur mon père Max Linder 2013-12-31
Latest Project:
In the movie Attempted Suicide 1906-12-14
Known For
Poster of Tout sur mon père Max Linder
Poster of The Man in the Silk Hat
Poster of Max asthmatique
Poster of Le billet doux
Movie Tout sur mon père Max Linder Unknown
Movie Birth of the Tramp Himself (archive footage)
Movie The Reason Why Prison Doctor
Movie The Man in the Silk Hat Unknown
Movie Laugh with Max Linder Unknown
Movie Born to Be Bad Charity Ball Guest (Uncredited)
Movie Nightmare Alley
Movie Fun on a Weekend Party Guest
Movie The Naughty Nineties Riverboat Gambler (uncredited)
Movie Experiment Perilous Nightclub Guest (uncredited)
Movie Mr. Lucky Gambler
Movie Casablanca Gambler (uncredited)
Movie Here Comes Mr. Jordan Board Member (uncredited)
Movie Kitty Foyle Chauffeur (uncredited)
Movie The Ghost Comes Home Club Patron (uncredited)
Movie Second Fiddle Man in Audience (uncredited)
Movie Blondes at Work Juror
Movie The Theft of the Mona Lisa (archive footage)
Movie Au secours! Max
Movie King of the Circus Max Graf von Pompadour
Movie The Three Must-Get-Theres Dart-In-Again
Movie Be My Wife Max, the Fiancé
Movie Seven Years Bad Luck Max
Movie Le petit café Unknown
Movie Max the Heartbreaker Unknown
Movie Max in a Taxi Himself
Movie Max Wants a Divorce Max
Movie Max Comes Across Max
Movie Max and the Purse Unknown
Movie Max Linder Visits Charlie Chaplin Himself
Movie Max in Monaco Unknown
Movie Chance and Love Max
Movie Hairdresser of Love Unknown
Movie Max asthmatique Max
Movie Max in the Convent Unknown
Movie The Forced Marriage Unknown
Movie Max and the Lady Doctor Max
Movie Max as a Chiropodist Max
Movie Max and the Jealous Husband Max
Movie Max Speaks English Max
Movie Max Sets the Style Max
Movie Max's Vacation Max
Movie The False Max Linder Max
Movie Max Toreador Unknown
Movie Max Takes a Picture Unknown
Movie Max Linder Does All the Sports Max
Movie Le duel de Max Max
Movie Le billet doux Max
Movie Max Hates Cats Unknown
Movie Max's Hat Max
Movie An Unexpected Marriage Unknown
Movie Max as a Musician Max
Movie Max Sets the Fashion Max
Movie Max Takes Back His Freedom Max (uncredited)
Movie Max and the Donkey Max
Movie Max and Dog Dick Max
Movie Max amoureux de la teinturière Max
Movie Max Juggles for Love Unknown
Movie Max Fears the Dogs Max
Movie Une nuit agitée Unknown
Movie Un pari original Max
Movie The Water-Funker Max
Movie The Wedding Trunk Max
Movie Max, Professeur de Tango Unknown
Movie Max émule de Tartarin Max
Movie Entente Cordiale Unknown
Movie Long-Lasting Love Max
Movie Le Roman de Max Max
Movie Max: Boxer By Love Unknown
Movie Max Gets Stuck Up Max
Movie Max and the Statue Max
Movie Une idylle à la ferme Max
Movie Max and His Mother-in-Law Max
Movie Max se marie Max
Movie Max Takes Tonics Max
Movie Max Is Convalescent Max
Movie Max a un duel Max
Movie Max and Jane Want to Do Theater Max
Movie The Adventures of Tartarin the Younger Max
Movie I Want a Baby Unknown
Movie Max Makes a Touch Unknown
Movie Max Plays the Part Unknown
Movie A Short-Sighted Duellist Max
Movie Max est distrait Max
Movie The Effects of Pills Max
Movie Trop aimée Max
Movie Max's First Job Max
Movie Max Takes a Bath Max
Movie Max Embarrassed Max
Movie Max Is Stuck Up Max
Movie Max Skiing Max
Movie The Surprises of a Flirtation Unknown
Movie In Love with the Bearded Woman Unknown
Movie Romeo Turns Bandit Unknown
Movie A Tantalising Young Lady Unknown
Movie The Barometer of Fidelity Unknown
Movie The Dentures Unknown
Movie Troubles of a Grass Widower Unknown
Movie In a Difficult Position Dieutegarde
Movie His First Cigar Unknown
Movie Harlequin's Story Polichinelle / Ponchinella / Harlequin
Movie Max Learns to Skate Max
Movie Phial of Poison Unknown
Movie C'est Papa qui a pris la purge Lover in the street
Movie Joined Lips Unknown
Movie For a Necklace Unknown
Movie The Husband's Trick Unknown
Movie Chaussure trop étroite Max
Movie Attempted Suicide Unknown