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Ash Christian, an Emmy Award-winning producer, actor and filmmaker, died in his sleep while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was 35.
Christian, who was born in Paris, Texas on Jan. 16, 1985, moved to Los Angeles at 16 to pursue a career in acting. At 19, he wrote, starred and directed in his first feature film, Fat Girls, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Outstanding Emerging Talent Award at L.A. Outfest 2006. Other directing credits of Christian’s include Petunia and Mangus!.
In 2014, Christian won a Daytime Emmy for outstanding special-class short-form daytime program for “mI Promise.” He shared the win with producing partner Anne Clements and executive producers Lauralee Bell and Scott Martin.
“Ash was a great friend, colleague and partner in crime. He was a champion of indie film and filmmakers and his love of the process of putting movies together was infectious. My heart goes out to his family, especially his mother. The world lost one of the good ones,” Clements shared in a statement.
Christian and Clements had few new releases in progress, including Chick Fight with Malin Akerman, Fortune Feimster and Alec Baldwin coming out in the fall, and Paper Spiders, featuring Lili Taylor, Max Casella and Peyton List.
“With Ash, work was always fun. That’s the effect he had on people. I will miss my good friend dearly, as I know so many others will as well. The world has lost a talented writer/director/producer, but most importantly, a great person who had so much more life to live,” friend and producing partner Jordan Yale Levine of Yale Productions also shared in a statement.
Christian and Yale Levine had recently worked together on After Everything with Marissa Tomei, Gina Gershon and Jeremy Allen White, and Burn with Josh Hutcherson, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Suki Waterhouse.
Christian starred in several television shows including The Good Fight, The Good Wife and Law and Order. He also ventured into theatre, producing the award-winning musical, Next to Normal.
Through his own company, Cranium Entertainment, Christian developed and produced feature films for both specialized and mainstream audiences. He’s produced for films and productions including Hurricane Bianca, 1985, Hello Again, Social Animals and Coyote Lake.
Christian was set as a producer for numerous projects in various stages of production including As Sick As They Made Us, Mayim Bialik’s directorial debut starring Dustin Hoffman, and The Sixth Reel, starring Charles Busch and Doug Plaut and directed by Carl Andress and Busch.
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