Rex Ingram (director)

Rex Ingram (actually: Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock, born January 15, 1892 in Dublin, Ireland, † July 21, 1950 in Hollywood, Los Angeles) was an American film director of Irish origin.


Training as a sculptor at Yale, 1913 commitment to the Edison Company as a stage designer, screenwriter and actor. 1915/16 first films as a director, first at Fox, then at Universal. In 1921, he led Rudolph Valentino, whose most important role in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; the film is an absolute critical and popular success and guaranteed the then ailing Metro full coffers. Although often reported, Ingram was never involved in the production of Ben Hur 1923-25 ​​, after the demolition of the first shooting in Rome, the director went to Fred Niblo.

Ingram moved to France built the Studio Victorine in Nice where she realized, inter alia, Mare Nostrum and The Magician. After Hollywood finally turned his back, he directed 1931/32 his only sound film, Baroud in an English and a French version. It was also his last film, from then he turned back to sculpture, traveled, lived for several years in Cairo, wrote two novels. In 1950, he died from the after-effects of a disease which he had contracted while filming in Africa.

He was married to actress Alice Terry.