Max Linder

French silent film actor and director

Gabriel-Maximilien 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. He was known aas the "first international movie star"[1] and "the first film star anywhere".[2]

Max Linder
Max Linder c1917.jpg
Linder circa 1917
Born
Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle

(1883-12-16)16 December 1883
Died1 November 1925(1925-11-01) (aged 41)
Cause of deathSuicide
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, comedian
Years active1899–1925
Spouse(s)Hélène "Jean" Peters (m.1923)
Children1

ReferencesEdit

  1. Waldekranz, Rune: Filmens Historia - Del 1, p. 208 (P.A. Norstedt & Söners Förlag, Stockholm)
  2. Hutchinson, Pamela (2019-11-22). "Fame at last – was this the world's first film star?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-11-24. Andrew Shail, senior lecturer in film at Newcastle University, has uncovered what appears to be the first film-star marketing: a poster for a Pathé Frères’ film featuring [Max] Linder called Le Petit Jeune Homme, released in Europe in September 1909. Whereas Linder had been known on-screen as a first-name-only character called “Max” since 1907’s The Skater’s Debut, this poster uses his full name, and is thus the earliest surviving European evidence of publicity for a regular film performer. [...] 'This makes Linder – as far as we can tell – the first film star anywhere,'