Fred Niblo

Director, Producer, Actor
Former vaudevillian (his first wife, Josephine, was the sister of George M. Cohan) and stage director who began working for the Ince studio in 1917. Niblo began his screen career turning out silent films starring his ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1874 in York, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

The Mysterious Lady 1927 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil Dancer 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

The Temptress 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Ben Hur, A Tale of the Christ 1924 (Movie)

(Director)

Blood and Sand 1922 (Movie)

(Director)

The Three Musketeers 1920 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mark of Zorro 1919 (Movie)

(Director)

Dream of Love (Movie)

(Director)

Redemption (Movie)

(Director)

Sex (Movie)

(Director)

The Enemy (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Free and Easy 1930 (Movie)

The Director (Actor)

Souls For Sale 1922 (Movie)

Himself - Celebrity Director (Actor)

Ellery Queen. Master Detective (Movie)

John Braun (Actor)

Biography

Former vaudevillian (his first wife, Josephine, was the sister of George M. Cohan) and stage director who began working for the Ince studio in 1917. Niblo began his screen career turning out silent films starring his second wife, Enid Bennett. Handling mostly romantic costume spectacles, he directed Rudolph Valentino ("Blood and Sand" 1922), Douglas Fairbanks ("The Mark of Zorro" 1920, "The Three Musketeers" 1921), Greta Garbo ("The Temptress" 1926 and "The Mysterious Lady" 1928) and Norma Talmadge ("Camille" 1927) during the 1920s, but was best known for the epic spectacle "Ben Hur" (1926). Niblo's career declined rather abruptly with the introduction of sound and he later returned to acting in film and on the stage.

Relationships

Enid Bennett Actor

Wife
Married 1918 until his death 1948

Josephine Cohan

Wife
married 1901 until her death 1916

Lorie Niblo

Child
mother Enid Bennett

Judith Niblo

Daughter
mother Enid Bennett

Fred Niblo

Son
born January 23, 1903, died 1973 mother Josephine Cohan

Peter Niblo

Son
mother Enid Bennett

Milestones

1932

Directed last film, "Blame the Woman"

1930

Directed first sound film, "Redemption", starring John Gilbert

1928

Co-founded Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1926

Assigned to complete "Ben Hur", begun by the Goldwyn company in 1922 but inherited by MGM; journeyed to Italy to do location shooting

1920

Major career boost with the production of "The Mark of Zorro"

1918

Directed first film, "A Desert Wooing"

1917

Joined Thomas Ince's studios as a "producing director"

1915

Starred in one film and directed one film for Australian theatrical company, J.C. Williamson

1912

Took American repertory company to Australia on tour

1910

Became comapny manager and actor for George M. Cohan and Sam Harris

1907

Shot travelogues on round-the-world cruise; gave lantern lectures on travels

Attempted to revive sagging career by making several films in England

Made several appearances as an actor (e.g. "Ellery Queen--Master Detective", "Life With Henry")

Prior to 1907 performed as a a vaudevillian and a blackface monologist

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