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Christie in a 1920 Robertson-Cole ad
|Born||Alfred Ernest Christie
November 24, 1881
London, Ontario, Canada
|Died||April 14, 1951
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Al E. Christie
Albert E. Christie
Alfred E. Christie
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
Born Alfred Ernest Christie, in London, Ontario, Canada, he was one of a number of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood who made their way to Hollywood, California, attracted by the newly developing motion picture business. Al Christie began his career in 1909 working for David Horsley's Nestor film company in Bayonne, New Jersey. In 1910, at Horsley's Centaur Film Company, Christie began turning out one single reel of a Mutt and Jeff comedy picture every week.
The following year, Al went to the West Coast to head up Nestor Studios for Horsley. This operation was the first ever movie studio to be built in Hollywood It opened October 27, 1911. Al Christie then formed a partnership with his brother Charles to form Christie Film Company which lasted until 1933 when the company went into receivership.