While working in Paris on the theater stage and in music halls, Leuvielle became fascinated with motion pictures and in 1905 took a job with Pathé Frères that saw him become a comedic actor, director, screenwriter, as well as a producer under the stage name, Max Linder.
Linder created what was probably the first identifiable motion-
In 1916, Linder received and accepted an offer from Essanay Studios of Chicago, Illinois to work in the United States. Unfortunately, his first few American made "Max" films didn't connect with the U.S. audiences and the studio cancelled production of the remaining films in his contract. Linder returned to France in 1917 but two years later made another attempt at filmmaking in Hollywood. Once more, his American productions were box office failures and a discouraged Max Linder went back to his homeland.
After having made several hundred short films, he all but gave up on the business, appearing in only two more films during 1923 and 1924 including "Au Secours!" (Help!) for director Abel Gance.