Rudolph Valentino

Actor, Dancer, Private dance teacher
His death at age 31 spurred suicide attempts and waves of public violence by mourners; a testament to the singular cultural lightning rod that had been the life of Rudolph Valentino. Dubbed "The Great Lover" for ... Read more »
Born: 05/06/1895 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (9)

The Son of the Sheik 1925 (Movie)

Ahmed/The Sheik (Actor)

Blood and Sand 1922 (Movie)

Juan Gallardo (Actor)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1920 (Movie)

Julio Desnoyers (Actor)

A Sainted Devil (Movie)

Don Alonzo Castro (Actor)

Alimony (Movie)

(Actor)

Delicious Little Devil (Movie)

(Actor)

Monsieur Beaucaire (Movie)

Duke de Chartres/Beaucaire (Actor)

The Conquering Power (Movie)

Charles Grandet (Actor)

The Sheik (Movie)

Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Actor)

Biography

His death at age 31 spurred suicide attempts and waves of public violence by mourners; a testament to the singular cultural lightning rod that had been the life of Rudolph Valentino. Dubbed "The Great Lover" for posterity, H.L. Mencken called him "catnip to women," even as some of the nation's most influential op-ed pages castigated him as a catalyst in a national wave of effeminacy in American men, perhaps the nation's first bout of "metrosexuality." Arguably the first true superstar in the modern age, Valentino left more of mark as a heartthrob and a media phenomenon than, by critical consensus, his actual acting as recorded in his silent films. He lived, however briefly, an odyssey of vice, innuendo, scandal and the high society excesses for which his profession - then in its infancy - would become notorious. But his famed tango in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" and onscreen image as "The Sheik," both in 1921, became mesmerizing, sensual imprints of the power of moving pictures, making him an avatar of the celebrity-obsessed popular culture then gestating throughout the country.

Relationships

Father

Jean Acker Actor

Wife
married in November 1919 legally separated in 1921 she claimed the marriage was never consummated

Pola Negri Actor

Companion
together from 1925 until 1926

Natacha Rambova Costume Designer

Wife
divorced in 1926 Second wife born on January 19, 1897 died in 1966 was a Hudnut beauty and cosmetic heiress

Jean G Valentino Sound Mixer

Nephew/Neice
Died on September 22, 1996 at the age of 82

EDUCATION

received a diploma in agriculture

Venice Military Academy

failed out at age 13

Milestones

1977

Second film biography made starring Rudolf Nureyev

1951

Film biography made starring Anthony Dexter

1926

Acted in last film, "The Son of the Sheik"

1921

Break came when influential screenwriter recommended him for "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"

1917

Arrived in Hollywood

1914

First film, "My Official Wife"

1913

Arrived in NYC and worked as landscape gardener; lost job and worked as dishwasher and waiter; booked by police on suspicion of petty theft and blackmail; worked as taxi driver and then nightclub dancer

1912

Traveled to Paris where he resorted to begging

Replaced Clifton Webb as partner of Bonnie Glass in NY

Bonus Trivia

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In February 2000, an unreleased film starring Valentio, 1919's "The Married Virgin", was shown in a restored print in Los Angeles.

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