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Rudolph Valentino, born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Piero Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antoguolla (May 6, 1895 - August 23, 1926) was an Italian actor.

He was born in Castellaneta, Apulia, Italy to a solidly middle-class family (his father was a veterinarian), in the same year as the invention of cinema. He studied and qualified in Agricultural Science at Nervi in Genoa. He spent some time in Paris, where he became a talented dancer, and then returned to Italy for a while. In 1913 he left for America, following the advice of Domenico Savino, a friend of his and of tenor Tito Schipa. He landed in New York where he worked for a while as a dancer and obtained a certain local fame. It has been said that during this period he also was a gigolo and that he had judicial troubles for prostitution-related matters.

He next joined an operetta company that soon disbanded in Utah; from there he reached San Francisco, California, where he met the actor Norman Kerry, who convinced him to try a career in cinema, still in the silent era. After a dozen films, that made him quite famous, in 1919 he was married for a few hours to Jean Acker (1893-1978), a part-Cherokee film starlet who was a lesbian; the marriage was reportedly never consummated and they were divorced in 1923. He then achieved full success in films in 1921 with "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".

On May 13, 1922, in Mexicali, Mexico, Valentino married actress Natacha Rambova. This resulted in him being jailed for bigamy, since his divorce from Acker was not yet final. They remarried a year later. That same year Valentino became a great star, with the release of The Sheik.

In 1923 a dispute with Paramount Pictures resulted in an injunction which prohibited Valentino from making films with other producers. He traveled to Europe and had a memorable visit to his native town. Back in the United States, he was criticized by his fans for his newly cultivated beard and was forced to shave.

After his separation from Rambova, Valentino had an affair with the actress Pola Negri.

Valentino's Irish Wolfhound was named Centaur Pendragon.

In 1926 he died in New York, New York as a result of septicemia a short time after surgery for an acute perforated gastric ulcer. An estimated 100,000 people were said to have taken part in his funeral. Hollywood legend relates the story that thousands of women lined the streets, causing riots. Several of his fans were even said to have committed suicide.

He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

The high-class Italian restaurant Valentino in Santa Monica, California, is named after him.

Alimony 1918
A Society Sensation 1918
All Night 1918
The Delicious Little Devil 1919
The Big Little Person 1919
A Rogue's Romance 1919
The Homebreaker 1919
Out of Luck 1919
Virtuous Sinners 1919
The Fog 1919
Nobody Home 1919
The Eyes of Youth 1919
The Married Virgin (or Frivolous Wives) 1920
Stolen Moments 1920
An Adventuress 1920
The Cheater 1920
Passion's Playground 1920
Once to every Woman 1920
The Wonderful Chance 1920
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1921
Uncharted Seas 1921
The Conquering Power 1921
Camille 1921
The Sheik 1921
Moran of the Lady Letty 1922
Beyond the Rocks 1922
Blood and Sand 1922
The Young Rajah 1922
Monsieur Beaucaire 1924
A Sainted Devil 1924
Cobra 1925
The Eagle 1925
The Son of the Sheik 1926
Valentino was also supposed having acted, at the beginning of his career, in the following films:

The Battle of the Sexes (1914)
My Official Wife (1914)
Seventeen (1916)
The Foolish Virgin (1916)
Other names by which he was known:

Rudolph DeValentino
M. De Valentina
M. Rodolfo De Valentina
M. Rodolpho De Valentina
R. De Valentina
Rodolfo di Valentina
Rudolpho De Valentina
Rudolpho di Valentina
Rudolpho Valentina
Rodolph Valentine
Rudolpho De Valentine
Rudolph Valentine
Rodolfo di Valentini
Rodolph Valentino
Rudi Valentino
Rudolfo Valentino
Rudolf Valentino
Rudolph Volantino
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