News of Max Linder.
GABRIEL LEUVILLE, known to all cinema lovers as Max Linder, has almost recovered from the wound he received, and when seen at the Buffon Military Hospital, Paris, was looking forward to his discharge.
Max Linder was born at St. Loubés, in the Department of Gironde, of French parents; his education and subsequent theatrical career were entirely French. Although found unfit for military service in 1903, when France called all her sons at the beginning of the war he volunteered, and was attached to the 13th Regiment of Artillery.
Bronchial trouble supervening, says the Cinema, he was stricken down, and, barely recovered, so anxious was he to render some service, that he undertook what was perhaps the most dangerous work of all, despatch motor-driving.
In the course of his perilous journeys, driving at terrific speed, without lights, a collision occurred. Max was violently thrown out and badly injured. He was removed to hospital, where on March 2nd he invalided out of the Army for the second time, suffering from severe internal injuries. Although debarred from military service, Max, the light-hearted and cheeriest of comedians, will be, we trust, able to enact for Pathé those debonair rôles which have made his name famous the world over. (Pictures and Picturegoer, Nov. 20, 1915)