Fred Niblo (1874-1948), whose real life name was Frederick Liedtke, was an American actor and film director who developed remarkable silent films including the epic story Ben-Hur.
Fred Niblo was born on January 6, 1874 in York, Nebraska. His mother was French and his father served as a captain during the the American Civil War and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Fred’s film career started with a passion for film editing that steered him to Broadway where he met and married Josephine Cohan in 1901. Josephine was a talented Broadway actress and is the older sister of legendary American entertainer George M. Cohan who is regarded as the father of American musical comedy.