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Rudolph Valentino

Biography

Intimate silent film superstar who appeared in the 1921 film, The Sheik. His various other notable films consist of Blood and Fine sand, The Four Horsemen from the Apocalypse, as well as the Eagle. After shifting to NY, he worked being a gardener, a busboy, so that as a taxi cab dancer. He passed away at age group thirty-one, learning to be a tragic icon. He wedded celebrity Jean Acker in 1919 even though he was gay and she is at a lesbian appreciate triangle with stars Sophistication Darmond and Alla Nazimova. Gloria Swanson was his costar in Beyond the Stones.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rudolph Valentino
Date Of Birth May 6, 1895
Died August 23, 1926, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Italy
Height 1.8 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality Italian, American
Spouse Natacha Rambova, Jean Acker
Parents Giovanni D'Antonguolla, Beatrice Gabriela Barbin D'Antonguolla
Siblings Beatrice D'Antonguolla, Maria D'Antonguolla, Alberto D'Antonguolla
Movies The Sheik, The Son of the Sheik, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, Beyond the Rocks, The Young Rajah, Monsieur Beaucaire, Camille, A Sainted Devil, The Conquering Power, Moran of the Lady Letty, The Married Virgin, Eyes of Youth, Uncharted Seas, The Delicious Little Devil, Cobra, A Society Sensation, The Isle of Love, All Night, Big Little Person, Nobody Home, Patria, The Golden Twenties, The Hooded Falcon, Stolen Moments, Once to Every Woman, The Wonderful Chance, The Quest of Life, The Homebreaker, Character Studies, Screen Snapshots, Alimony, A Trip to Paramountown, Seventeen, Gaslight Follies, Rudolph Valentino
Star Sign Taurus

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1He is referenced in The Corrs' "I Never Loved You Anyway.".
2His last words before passing were,"Don't pull down the blinds. I feel fine. I want the sunlight to greet me!".
3Mentioned in "Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)" by Leo Sayer.
4Is referenced in The Kinks' 1972 song "Celluloid Heroes", with the lines "Rudolph Valentino looks very much alive. And he looks up ladies' dresses as they sadly pass him by".
5Following his untimely death, he was interred at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever Cemetery) in Los Angeles, California.
6He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6164 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
7Valentino died at Polyclinic Hospital in Manhattan (NYC). His death certificate stated the cause of death as a ruptured gastric ulcer and general peritonitis, naming also septic pneumonia and septic endocarditis as contributory causes.
8His name was mentioned once in the Disney comedy film Herbie Rides Again (1974).
9In 2011, "Affairs Valentino" by Evelyn Zumaya was released by The Rudolph Valentino Society. The biography drastically repaints the life of Valentino with newly found court documents, accounting ledgers, and unpublished memoirs and memories by his manager George Ullman and Godfather Frank Mennillo.
10In 2009, a novel, based on the idea of Rudolph Valentino living to the age of 110 was published as "Conversations with Rodolfo" by Hala Pickford.
11In 2009, The Rudolph Valentino Society was created to honor his legacy.
12The Rudolph Valentino Film Festival, held in Los Angeles, California was created in his honor.
13Is mentioned in The Bongos song "Apache Dancing": "We like to tango like Valentino".
14In the 1930s, Sheik Condoms, named after his most famous role, were introduced and feature Valentino's silhouette on the packaging for years.
15Was paired with Nita Naldi in four movies: Blood and Sand (1922), A Sainted Devil (1924), The Hooded Falcon (1924) and Cobra (1925).
16Had an Irish Wolfhound named "Centaur Pendragon" and a Great Dane named 'Kabar'.
17Is mentioned in The Bangles 1986 song (written by Prince) "Manic Monday".
18Worked as a dishwasher, taxi dancer, and gardener before starring in The Son of the Sheik (1926).
19He was voted the 32nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
20He is responsible for bringing the Argentine Tango to America, first performing the famous dance in his film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), and later in a successful American national dance tour with his wife, Natacha Rambova, who, like Valentino himself, was once a professional dancer.
21At the height of his popularity, Valentino went on a brief sojurn in his native Italy to visit friends and family and, in general, to get a much-needed rest. When he returned to Hollywood, friends asked him if he had been mobbed by fans while on vacation. Valentino said no, explaining that, "over there, I look like every other Italian fellow on the street.".
22A few months before Valentino's death, a Chicago newspaper columnist attacked his masculinity in print, referring to him as a "pink powder puff". A lawsuit was pending when Valentino was fatally stricken. One of his last questions to his doctor was, "Well, doctor, and do I now act like a 'pink powder puff'?" His doctor reportedly replied, "No, sir. You have been very brave. Braver than most.".
23At the time of his death he was severely in debt, and his heirs could not afford a burial plot for him. June Mathis, friend and screenwriter of his hit films The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) and Blood and Sand (1922), agreed to temporarily loan him a space in her family crypt at Hollywood Park Cemetery so he could be interred upon his body's arrival in Los Angeles, following a coast-to-coast funeral train ride from New York. Mathis died the following year and Valentino's body was moved into her husband's space. He is still interred there, as all memorial plans fell through during the Depression.
24Valentino and Jean Acker had one of the shortest celebrity marriages on record: six hours. After courting for just a few days, they impulsively married on November 5, 1919, but she locked him out of their hotel room later that night after a spat. They separated, and their divorce was finalized in 1922. Ironically, after their divorce, they became good friends.
25Pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Clara Bow, Charles Chaplin, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara, Buster Keaton, and the Keystone Kops.
26His father was Italian his mother was French. Valentino spoke at least four languages fluently (English, Spanish, French, Italian) and may have spoken more.
27Following his untimely death, a bogus, composite photograph of Valentino ascending up to heaven was released for sale, and was snatched up by his legion of fans.
28For many years on the anniversary of Valentino's death, a mysterious woman, dressed all in black, was seen laying a wreath of flowers on his grave. Her identity was never established.
29Published a thin volume of sentimental poetry titled "Day Dreams" in 1923. The book sold hundreds of thousands of copies. In 2010, it was reprinted by 1921 PVG Publishing with a foreword by Evelyn Zumaya.
30Considered to be the first male sex symbol of the cinema during the silent era.
31A portion of Irving Boulevard in Hollywood, California, was renamed Rudolph Valentino Street in 1978.
32In 1923 he recorded two songs, "Kashmiri Love Song" (from The Sheik (1921)) and "El Relicario" (from Blood and Sand (1922)) for Brunswick Records. Both recordings still exist and have been released on the CD "Rudolph Valentino: He Sings & Others Sing About Him".
33Ranked #80 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Son of the Sheik1926Ahmed The Sheik
Cobra1925Count Rodrigo Torriani
The Eagle1925Vladimir Dubrovsky
The Hooded Falcon1924
A Sainted Devil1924Don Alonzo Castro
Monsieur Beaucaire1924Duke de Chartres Beaucaire
The Young Rajah1922Amos Judd (as Rodolph Valentino)
Blood and Sand1922Juan Gallardo (as Rodolph Valentino)
Beyond the Rocks1922Lord Hector Bracondale
Moran of the Lady Letty1922Ramon Laredo
The Sheik1921The Sheik - Ahmed Ben Hassan
Camille1921Armand Duval
The Conquering Power1921Charles Grandet
Uncharted Seas1921Frank Underwood
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse1921Julio Desnoyers
Stolen Moments1920ShortJose Dalmarez (as Rudolf Valentine)
The Wonderful Chance1920Joe Klingsby
Once to Every Woman1920Juliantimo
The Cheater1920Extra (uncredited)
An Adventuress1920Jacques Rudanyi (as Rodolph Valentino)
Passion's Playground1920Prince Angelo Della Robbia (as Rudolph Valentine)
Eyes of Youth1919Clarence Morgan (as Rudolfo Valentino)
Nobody Home1919Maurice Rennard (as Rodolph Valentine)
A Rogue's Romance1919Apache Dancer (as Rudolph Volantino)
Virtuous Sinners1919Bit Part
Big Little Person1919Arthur Endicott (as M. Rodolpho De Valentina)
The Delicious Little Devil1919Jimmy Calhoun (as Rudolpho De Valintine)
The Homebreaker1919Dance Extra (uncredited)
The Married Virgin1918Count Roberto di San Fraccini (as Rodolfo di Valentini)
All Night1918Richard Thayer (as Rudolpho di Valentina)
A Society Sensation1918ShortDick Bradley (as Rudolpho De Valentina)
Alimony1917Dancer (uncredited)
Patria1917
Seventeen1916Extra (uncredited)
The Foolish Virgin1916uncredited
The Quest of Life1916
La corsara1916
My Official Wife1914Extra (uncredited)
The Battle of the Sexes1914Dance Extra (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What Price Beauty?1925executive producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Apetaxamin1980Short dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Character Studies1927ShortHimself (uncredited)
Twinkle Twinkle1925Documentary shortHimself
Rudolph Valentino and His 88 American Beauties1923Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 191923Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 121922Documentary shortHimself
A Trip to Paramountown1922Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ellis Island, une histoire du rêve américain2014DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Rebellen2013TV Movie documentary
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom2011DocumentaryHimself
Time to Remember2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Sodankylä ikuisesti2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema2007DocumentaryHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006Documentary
Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri2006DocumentaryHimself
The Forgotten Films of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle2005Video documentary
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino2000TV Short documentaryHimself
Film Breaks1999TV Series documentary
The Roaring Twenties1996Video documentary shortHimself - Bearded (uncredited)
Nitrato d'argento1996Documentary uncredited
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The Casting Couch1995Video documentary
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Death Scenes 21992Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths1990Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Sex Symbols1988Video documentary short
Cinema Paradiso1988The Sheik (uncredited)
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryHimself
Tango Bar1987Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentary
Dora and the Magic Lantern1978Le fils du Cheikh
The Legend of Valentino1975TV MovieVarious characters (uncredited)
World Cinema1973TV SeriesJuan Gallado
Historia de la frivolidad1967TV MovieActor in censored film (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Fractured Flickers1963TV SeriesWillie Roman
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActor 'The Sheik' (uncredited)
The Beverly Hillbillies1963TV SeriesActor in Silent Film
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino1961Video documentaryHimself / Various Roles
Movies Golden Age1961TV Movie documentary
Silents Please1960TV SeriesAhmed
Yesterday and Today1953
The Ford 50th Anniversary Show1953TV Movie
Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson1952Documentary shortHimself
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
Wonderful Times1950DocumentaryHimself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHimself
Flicker Flashbacks No. 2, Series 51947Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Blue Skies1946Valentino (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 1: 25th Anniversary1945Documentary shortHimself
Unholy Partners1941Himself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 121939Documentary shortHimself
The Movies March On1939Short documentaryHimself
Personality Parade1938Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 11937Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 111937Documentary shortHimself
Fashions in Love1936Documentary short
Movie Memories1934Documentary shortHimself
Movie Memories #21934Documentary short
March of the Movies1933Himself, film clip (uncredited)
The Nickelette1932ShortHimself - Actor in film clip (uncredited)
Stars of Yesterday1931Short documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6164 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
The Son of the Sheik (1926)$200,000 +25% of the profits
The Eagle (1925)$200,000 +25% profits
An Adventuress (1920)$25 /day
Alimony (1917)$5 /day

#Quote
1[after his divorce from Jean Acker] She said she was my soul mate, but she proved to be my check-mate!
2A man should control his life. Mine is controlling me.
3Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas upon which the women paint their dreams.
4To generalize on women is dangerous. To specialize in them is infinitely worse.

#Trademark
1His deep penetrating gaze

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