George Christy

Actor, Special appearance


George N. Christy (born George Harrington) (November 6, 1827 – May 12, 1868) was one of the leading blackface performers during the early years of the blackface minstrel show in the 1840s.Born in Palmyra, New York, his career began as a star performer with his stepfather E. P. Christys troupe Christys Minstrels; in two and a half years with them he earned $19,680, a fortune for those times. Jim Comer credits him with inventing the line, the structured grouping that constituted the first act of the standardized 3-act minstrel show, with the interlocutor in the middle and Mr. Tambo and Mr. Bones on the ends.He died in New York City from cerebral edema in 1868.

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