Baristanet Profile: Harry Patrick Christian

Name: Harry Patrick Christian

Where do you live? (Town and/or neighborhood): I live in that little neighborhood near the Walnut Street train station with the Farmer’s Market, Montclair Bread Company and all the restaurants.

When did you move there? I moved here in late 1999 and the neighborhood was quite different in those days. Luckily, within a few months of moving in, new trees were planted and spaced along the sidewalks and the whole area became a lot prettier.

Where did you grow up? I’m a Southern boy. I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and Marietta, Georgia.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion?

I am a professional actor and director and teaching artist. I have worked in NYC and at many of NJ’s best theaters. I’ve toured nationally and in Europe with the Pushcart Players based in Verona, NJ for 26 years and I’ve just received an award from the New Jersey Theater Alliance for my work with that wonderful company. I’m also a longtime member of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater in Summit as well as the Theater Project in Union County. I’m also a looooong time director of lots and lots of young folks at Essex Youth Theater in Upper Montclair.

Coffee, tea or … ? All of the above.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Waking up feeling refreshed and rested, breakfast with friends, a nice hike, lunch with a view, spending time with someone you adore, seeing or experiencing something new, watching the sunset.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? The Wood Pit…I told you I was a Southern boy.

What’s on your nightstand? A lamp, a picture of my mom as a little girl with her little brother and their Mom (my Granny Ree) and a candle.

What are you listening to? My own eclectic mix on Spotify. National Public Radio (WNYC).

What are your current indulgences? Hmmm. Binge watching all the Harry Potter movies. The Cranberry Bliss Bar at Starbucks.

What talent would you most like to have? Playing the piano…like a savant, effortlessly.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? We are blessed to have access to the wide selection of films shown at the Clairidge Movie Theater. And the Montclair Public Library is a treasure.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? He made everyone smile and, boy, he was happy, laughing and healthy to the end.

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  1. He made everyone smile and, boy, he was happy, laughing and healthy…

    How about i just say this now about you!

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