Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Charles and his brother Al left home to pursue a career in the fledgling motion picture industry. In Hollywood, California, they made enough money working in films to purchase a property 6724 Hollywood Blvd and set up their own Christie Film Corporation to make films comedy films.
Before long, the Christie brothers were two of Hollywood's most powerful movie moguls. By 1922, the brothers were so successful that they built the Christie Hotel, Hollywood's first luxury hotel featuring such extravagances as private baths. However, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression devastated business and in January of 1933, the Christie brothers companies went into receivership, the studio assets being acquired by another large film making company.
While his brother went into the selling of real estate, Charles Christie remained with the new owners, producing comedy films.
Charles Christie died in Hollywood, California and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood, California. He has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1719 Vine Street.