Rudolph Valentino

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Date of Birth May 6, 1895
Place of Birth Italy
Date of Death Aug 23, 1926 (31)
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Rudolph Valentino

Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella, known professionally as Rudolph Valentino, was an Italian actor based in the United States who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. He was an early pop icon, and a sex symbol of the 1920s, who was known in Hollywood as the Latin Lover, The Great Lover, or simply Valentino. His premature death at the age of 31 caused mass hysteria among his fans and further propelled his status as a cultural film icon.

Born: Rodolfo Pietro Filibert Raffaello Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella, May 6, 1895, Castellaneta, Apulia, Kingdom of Italy
Died: August 23, 1926, New York City, U.S.
Cause of death: Peritonitis
Burial place: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nationality: Italian
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1914–1926
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About Rudolph Valentino

Romantic silent film superstar who appeared in the 1921 film, The Sheik. His other notable films include Blood and Sand, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and The Eagle.

Before Fame

After moving to New York, he worked as a gardener, a busboy, and as a taxi dancer.

Achievement

He died at age thirty-one, becoming a tragic icon.

Family Life

He married actress Jean Acker in 1919 despite the fact that he was gay and she was in a lesbian love triangle with actresses Grace Darmond and Alla Nazimova.

Associations

Gloria Swanson was his costar in Beyond the Rocks.

Information related to Rudolph Valentino

  • Italian male silent film actors
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  • Burials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • French Roman Catholics
  • French emigrants to the United States
  • 20th-century Italian male actors
  • Italian emigrants to the United States
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