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Alfred Ernest Christie (23 October 1881 - 14 April 1951) was a Canadian-born film director, producer and screenwriter.

Al Christie
Al Christie - May 1920 MPN.jpg
Christie in a 1920 Robertson-Cole ad
BornAlfred Ernest Christie
23 October 1881
London, Ontario, Canada
DiedApril 14, 1951(1951-04-14) (aged 69)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Other namesAl E. Christie
Albert E. Christie
Alfred E. Christie
Al E.
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1912–1941
Spouse(s)Nora Leadbitter

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BiographyEdit

Alfred Ernest Christie was born 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.[1]: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 27 October 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 in 1951. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Selected filmographyEdit

 
The Elements of Situation Comedy (1920)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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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