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Also Known As: Federico Nobile Died: November 11, 1948
Born: January 6, 1874 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: York, Nebraska, USA Profession: director, actor, producer, vaudevillian

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Good Earth (1937) 2nd Unit Director
2.
  Diamond Cut Diamond (1932) Director
3.
  Young Donovan's Kid (1931) Director
4.
  The Big Gamble (1931) Director
5.
  Way Out West (1930) Director
6.
  Redemption (1930) Director
7.
  Dream of Love (1928) Director
8.
  The Enemy (1928) Director
9.
  The Mysterious Lady (1928) Director
10.
  Two Lovers (1928) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crazy House (1943) Studio executive
2.
 Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) Ship's captain
3.
 Life with Henry (1941) Mr. [Samuel] Aldrich
4.
 Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) John Braun
5.
 I'm Still Alive (1940) Director
6.
 Estrellados (1930)
7.
 Free and Easy (1930) Director
8.
 Souls for Sale (1923)
9.
10.
 The Bootlegger's Daughter (1922) Rev. Charles Alden
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Prior to 1907 performed as a a vaudevillian and a blackface monologist
1907:
Shot travelogues on round-the-world cruise; gave lantern lectures on travels
1910:
Became comapny manager and actor for George M. Cohan and Sam Harris
1912:
Took American repertory company to Australia on tour
1915:
Starred in one film and directed one film for Australian theatrical company, J.C. Williamson
1917:
Joined Thomas Ince's studios as a "producing director"
1918:
Directed first film, "A Desert Wooing"
1920:
Major career boost with the production of "The Mark of Zorro"
1926:
Assigned to complete "Ben Hur", begun by the Goldwyn company in 1922 but inherited by MGM; journeyed to Italy to do location shooting
1928:
Co-founded Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1930:
Directed first sound film, "Redemption", starring John Gilbert
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Attempted to revive sagging career by making several films in England
1932:
Directed last film, "Blame the Woman"
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Made several appearances as an actor (e.g. "Ellery Queen--Master Detective", "Life With Henry")
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wife:
Josephine Cohan. Died 1916; sister of George M Cohan; Niblo's first wife.
wife:
Enid Bennett. Actor. Married 1917; his second wife; directed in a dozen films by her husband; Australian.

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son:
Fred Niblo Jr. Screenwriter. Born January 23, 1903, died 1973; mother Josephine Cohan.
son:
Peter Niblo. Mother Enid Bennett.
child:
Lorie Niblo. Mother Enid Bennett.
daughter:
Judith Niblo. Mother Enid Bennett.
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