May 6, 1895
August 23, 1926
5 ft 11 in | 180 cm
71 kg | 156 lbs
Rudolph Valentino was born in Castellaneta, Apulia, Italy, on May 6, 1895, was an Italian actor.
Young Rudolph Valentino first started performing as a taxi dancer at Maxim's Restaurant-Cabaret in New York City.
He began his acting career in several silent films in small roles.
Rudolph's breakthrough performance came as Julio Desnoyers in silent epic war film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921).
He played Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan in silent movies: The Sheik (1921) and sequel The Son of the Sheik (1926).
Blood and Sand (1922) silent drama in role as Juan Gallardo, opposite Nita Naldi and Lila Lee
Beyond the Rocks (1922) silent romantic drama in role as Lord Hector Bracondale, with Gloria Swanson and Edythe Chapman
The Eagle (1925) silent action comedy drama in role as Lt. Vladimir Dubrovsky, opposite Vilma Bánky and Louise Dresser
Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) silent adventure drama in role as Ramon Laredo, with Dorothy Dalton and Charles Brinley
Cobra (1925) silent drama in role as Count Rodrigo Torriani, opposite Nita Naldi and Natacha Rambova
The Conquering Power (1921) silent romantic drama in role as Charles Grandet, with Alice Terry and Eric Mayne
Camille (1921) silent drama in role as Armand Duval, Manon's Lover in Daydream, opposite Alla Nazimova, Patsy Ruth Miller and Rex Cherryman
Attended agricultural school in Genoa, Italy.
Had an brother, Alberto and two sisters, Maria and Beatrice.
Was given nickname 'The Latin Lover'.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6164 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.
He recorded two songs for Brunswick Records: "Kashmiri Love Song" from The Sheik (1921) and "El Relicario" from Blood and Sand (1922).
Published a book of poetry, Day Dreams in 1923.
His death caused mass hysteria among his female fans.
Valentino died on August 23, 1926, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 31.
He was married to Natacha Rambova (1923-1926) and Jean Acker (1919-1923).
He dated Marion Benda (1926), Nita Naldi (1926), Vilma Bánky (1925) and Pola Negri (1925-1926).