James Christie Wagner, dead at 54

Former film archivist and activist

Former film archivist James Christie Wagner, who more recently served in various TV production capacities, died Feb. 22 of heart failure at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. He was 54.

Wagner, an archivist for many years with the USC Film Archives, also worked as a producer-director-editor for KWHY-TV Channel 22 in Los Angeles during the early 1970s.

Since 1990 he directed the TV series “LivStyles” and “Choices” for public access PCAC Channel 56 in Pasadena.

Wagner, a quadriplegic, was a pioneer activist for disability rights and was president of Californians for Disability Rights.

He is survived by two brothers.

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