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The Valentino Collection... A mesmerizing, must-have collection jam-packed with a variety of exciting... more info $59.98was $59.98 Buy Now

Blood And Sand (1922) DVD An immortal icon of brooding sexuality, Rudolph Valentino has become one of... more info $29.95was $29.95 Buy Now

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Also Known As: Rodolfo Di Valentina, Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaelo Pierre Filibert Di Valentina D'Antonguolla Guglielmi, Rudolph Devalentino, Rodolph Valentine, Rodolfo Di Valentina, R. De Valentina, Rudolfo Valentino, Rodolph Valentino, Rodolfo Di Valentini, M. Rodolpho De Valentina, Rudolph Valentine Died: August 23, 1926
Born: May 6, 1895 Cause of Death: perforated ulcer
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor, private dance teacher, dancer, dishwasher, waiter, landscaper

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Son of the Sheik (1926) Ahmed/The Sheik
2.
 The Eagle (1925) Vladimir Dubrovsky
3.
 Cobra (1925) Count Rodrigo Torriani
4.
 Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) Duke de Chartres/Beaucaire
5.
 A Sainted Devil (1924) Don Alonzo Castro
6.
7.
 The Young Rajah (1922) Amos Judd
8.
 Blood and Sand (1922) Juan Gallardo
9.
 Beyond the Rocks (1922) Lord [Hector] Bracondale
10.
 Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) Ramon Laredo
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1912:
Traveled to Paris where he resorted to begging
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
:
Replaced Clifton Webb as partner of Bonnie Glass in NY
1914:
First film, "My Official Wife"
1917:
Arrived in Hollywood
1921:
Break came when influential screenwriter recommended him for "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"
1926:
Acted in last film, "The Son of the Sheik"
1951:
Film biography made starring Anthony Dexter
1977:
Second film biography made starring Rudolf Nureyev
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Education

Venice Military Academy: -

Notes

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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wife:
Jean Acker. Actor. Married in November 1919; legally separated in 1921; she claimed the marriage was never consummated.
wife:
Natacha Rambova. Actor, set designer. Born on January 19, 1897; died in 1966; second wife; divorced in 1926; was a Hudnut beauty and cosmetic heiress.
companion:
Pola Negri. Actor. Together from 1925 until 1926.

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nephew:
Jean G Valentino. Sound engineer. Died on September 22, 1996 at the age of 82.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Day Dreams"
"Rudy: An Intimate Portrait of Rudolph Valentino" Hutchinson
"Adagio Dancer"
"Valentino: A Dream of Desire" Robson Books
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