Rudolph Valentino young
May 6, 1895
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 opposite Nita Naldi and Lila Lee
Beyond the Rocks (1922) silent romantic drama opposite Gloria Swanson
The Eagle (1925) silent action comedy drama in role as Lt. Vladimir Dubrovsky
Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) silent adventure drama with Dorothy Dalton
Cobra (1925) silent drama opposite Nita Naldi and Natacha Rambova
The Conquering Power (1921) silent romantic drama with Alice Terry
Camille (1921) silent drama opposite Alla Nazimova
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).
To generalize on women is dangerous. To specialize in them is infinitely worse.
A man should control his life. Mine is controlling me.
Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams.
I am begining to look more and more like my miserable imitators.
I really believe i was happier when i slept on a park bench in Central Park than during all the years of the 'perfect lover' stuff.
If ever I were to have a symbol attributed to me, it would be a heart, the outline!