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 Max Linder

Max Linder

Birth
Saint-Loubes, Departement de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France
Death 31 Oct 1925 (aged 41)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Saint-Loubes, Departement de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France
Memorial ID 8085 · View Source
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Actor. Though largely forgotten today, Linder was once one of the most popular screen comedians, and widely regarded as the world's first recognizable screen character, a charming dapper dandy with a tall silk hat. He began his career in movies in 1905, though it wasn't until 1908 that he really broke into comedy and established the screen persona that was to be his for the rest of his career. Besides acting, Linder, like many early comedians, also wrote much of his own material and did many of his own stunts as well. Linder was so popular in his native France that he was in a new one-reeler or two-reeler every week, and the public came to feel as though they knew him, and looked forward to sharing his weekly adventures. When Linder had a near-fatal accident on the set, coupled with a spell of bad health, he had to be off of the screen for awhile, and explained his absence to his patient fans with his return vehicle, a documentary called 'Max Dans Sa Famille' (1911). By 1914 he was famous all over the world, not just in France, and was joyously enthusiastically welcomed whenever and wherever he went on tour throughout Europe. Shortly thereafter, World War I broke out, and Linder volunteered for the service, but was only to be a soldier for several months. He was sent back home because he had fallen victim to a poisonous gas attack, which had made him seriously ill and which he would never fully recover from. In 1916 he went to America to try his hand at making movies there, with the full support of Charlie Chaplin, who felt very influenced by Linder. However, he could only shoot three pictures before he came down with pleurisy and had to return to Europe. After convalescing by Lake Geneva, he shot one film in Paris in 1919 and then returned to the United States in the early Twenties, where he made three highly regarded comedies—'Seven Years Bad Luck' (which contains the mirror routine later reworked and made famous in the 1933 film 'Duck Soup'), 'Be My Wife,' and 'The Three Must-Get-Theres' (a parody on 'The Three Musketeers'). He was unable to attend the opening night of the lattermost picture, however, as his health began to act up again and he had to return to Europe. In the remaining few years before his death Linder only made two more movies. Shortly after returning to Europe, he also fell in love with and married Hélène Peters, who was half his age and who had known him since childhood. This 1923 marriage produced a daughter, Maud. On Halloween of 1925, for reasons that are unknown to this day, Linder shot his new wife and then himself. However, many people speculate this shocking turn of events was due in large part to how Linder had never fully been himself again after suffering the gas attack in the First World War, and had been affected more deeply than was understood at the time.

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  • Added: 8 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8085
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Max Linder (16 Dec 1883–31 Oct 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8085, citing St. Loubes Cimetière, Saint-Loubes, Departement de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .