Al Christie

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Al Christie
Al Christie - May 1920 MPN.jpg
Christie in a 1920 Robertson-Cole ad
Born Alfred Ernest Christie
(1881-11-24)November 24, 1881
London, Ontario, Canada
Died April 14, 1951(1951-04-14) (aged 69)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Other names Al E. Christie
Albert E. Christie
Alfred E. Christie
Al E.
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1912–1941
Spouse(s) Nora Leadbitter

Al Christie (November 24, 1881 – April 14, 1951) was a Canadian-born motion picture director, producer and 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.


Christie died after a lengthy illness. He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Al E Christie The Elements of Situation Comedy

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