Motion picture director, producer, and actor. He began his career in entertainment by performing in vaudeville and the theatre, and would go on to perform all over the world in vaudeville houses and theatres for over twenty years. During these two decades, he worked with some of the biggest names in the business at the time, such as the Four Cohans. In 1916 Niblo turned his attentions to screen acting, and both directed and acted in two Australian films, 'Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford' and 'Officer 666.' That same year his wife, the actress Josephine Cohan, passed away. This marriage had produced one child, Fred Niblo, Jr., who later became successful in his own right as a screenwriter. While in Australia, he met the actress Enid Bennett, who would eventually become his second wife and the leading lady in a number of the films he directed. Two years later, in 1918. he began directing Hollywood films, and though he continued to act sporadically, the majority of his screen credits from then on were for directing. Among the notable films which Niblo directed were 'The Mark of Zorro' (1920), 'The Three Musketeers' (1921), 'Blood and Sand' (1922), 'Thy Name Is Woman' (1924), 'The Red Lily' (1924), 'Ben-Hur' (1925), 'Camille' (1926), 'The Devil Dancer' (1927), 'The Mysterious Lady' (1928), and 'The Big Gamble' (1931). Throughout his career, Niblo worked with a number of the greatest stars of the era, such as Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Norma Talmadge, Joan Crawford, Ronald Colman, Renée Adorée, John Gilbert, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Adolphe Menjou, William Boyd, Richard Dix, Lillian Gish, and Wallace Beery. He was also one of the thirty-six founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Niblo retired from directing in 1933, though he acted in a few minor roles during the 1940s and, though uncredited for it, served as the second assistant director on 'The Good Earth' (1937). In all, he acted in, produced, and directed almost sixty films over the course of his career. Niblo passed away at the age of seventy-four.
Bio by: Carrie-Anne