"MOVIE" KING KILLED
Max Linder, with "$70,000
Face," Slain in Battle.
HIS INCOME $100,000 A YEAR
Star of Film Stories, Whose Features Are
Familiar to "Fans" Throughout the
World, Dies Fighting at the Front.
Volunteered When 29 Years of Age.
Began Career at Paris.
Special Cable to The Washington Post.
Rome, Sept. 30. - The death in the fighting in the battle of the Aisne of the "movie" artist, Max Linder, is reported in a dispatch from Berlin.
Max Linder, "the man with the $70,000 face," was the moving picture hero of all Europe, and on this side of the water there are tens of thousands of "movie fans" who will read of his death with a sense of personal lost. Perhaps no actor of the legitimate stage ever achieved such international fame and so great a following as this versatile man, whose voice was never heard by his audiences, but whose remarkably mobile features told stories from screens all the way from Petrograd to Yokohama.
Had $100,000 Income.
Linder was at the top of the new profession of the shadow screen. Ten years ago he was an unknown actor struggling for recognition at the Comedie Fran軋ise, in Paris. When he was called to the colors of France two months ago he was enjoying an income of more than $100,000 a year from the moving picture and variety show productions. All because, as the alert manager of Pathe Freres once wrote him a few years ago, he had "$30,000 in the twist of the eyes." That sum was what he originally went to the French cinema company for, but latterly they raised his contract sum to $70,000.
Conceived "Thrilling Stunts."
And Max Linder was just 29 years old when he went to fight for France.
Linder not only played the leading part in the Pathe Freres film stories, but he wrote many of them, directed their production, and conceived the various thrilling "stunts" that tested the nerves of the actors. As for himself, he was without fear. He once learned to operate a hydro aeroplane in two days, in order to feature the flying boat in one of his picture plays. (The Washington Post, Oct. 1st 1914)