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
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Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1912–1941
Spouse(s) Nora Leadbitter

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

Biography[edit]

Alfred Ernest Christie was born November 24, 1881[1] (some sources state 1879), in London, Ontario, Canada. One of a number of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, he began his career in 1909 working for David Horsley's Centaur Film Company in Bayonne, New Jersey.[2]:77 In 1910, Christie began turning out one single-reel, Mutt and Jeff comedy every week.

The following year, Christie moved to Southern California to manage Centaur's West Coast unit, the Nestor Film Company. Nestor established the first permanent movie studio in Hollywood, opening on October 27, 1911.[citation needed] Christie then created 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.

See also[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

The Elements of Situation Comedy (1920)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alfred E. Christie 1881–1951". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Christopher P.; McCaffrey, Donald W. (1999). Guide to the Silent Years of American Cinema. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313303456. 

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