​Rudolph Valentino is a famous Italian actor and naturalized American who has starred in many well-known films. Here are 15 interesting facts about this talented Italian.

  1. His full name is Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella.
  2. He was born in Castellaneta in Italy on May 6, 1895.
  3. Following the death of his father, Valentino and his family emigrated to America in 1913.
  4. Before he became an actor, Valentino has a wide range of jobs. Some of these included a dishwasher, a landscape gardener, a waiter, and a taxi driver.
  5. Rudolph Valentino was once accused by the police of blackmail and petty theft.
  6. His first experiences of performing were as a nightclub dancer and tango partner.
  7. He had minor roles in 17 movies before becoming a star following his role in ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse’.
  8. Valentino was given the nickname ‘The Latin Lover’.
  9. Valentino was married twice. First, to Jean Acker from 1919 to 1923, and then to Natacha Rambova from 1923 to 1925.
  10. At the height of his fame, Rudolph Valentino was receiving as many as 10,000 fan letters per week.
  11. Valentino was paid $200,000 per movie for his roles in ‘The Eagle’ and ‘Son of Sheik’. This amount was unheard of at the time.
  12. He died at the age of 31 in Manhattan, New York City, on August 23, 1926. The cause of death was peritonitis and a perforated ulcer.
  13. The hospital where he died received over 2,000 calls per hour following his death from grieving female fans.
  14. His girlfriend at the time of his death was actress Pola Negri.
  15. He is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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