Shiek Ilderim's 4 horses names are Aldebaran, Altair, Antares & Rigel. Their mother's name is Mera.
Judah Ben-Hur was called "41" 7 times total. First 5 were by Quintus Arrius, portrayed by Jack Hawkins, 6th by slave 42, acted by John Glenn. The 7th & last was Quintus Arrius, on the fragment of broken ship, after Judah Ben-Hur's rescue & Quintus Arrius woke up like a galley slave.
William Wyler missed just 2 days of the lengthy shoot due to influenza.
Charlton Heston mused years later if "Ben-Hur" and Anthony Mann's El Cid (1961) would not have been improved if the directors were reversed.
Sidney Franklin had initially been courted to direct the film.
May McAvoy: Esther from the original Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) is the only member of the original MGM film to appear in Ben-Hur (1959) as well. She's an extra in a crowd scene.