Rudolph Valentino

Amanda Shadoan

Biography of Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino was born on May 6, 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy. He was the son of a army officer and a veterinarian. His father died when he was young. He didn’t do very well in school. He went to military school and was rejected from the forces. He then started studying agriculture. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1913 and lived in New York, he then moved to San Francisco. Norman Kerry told him he should do silent films. He went to studios and mostly co-host in b-rated pictures. During this time his mom died he tried to recover by falling in love with an actor which eventually didn't work out. Later on June Mathis found him and he starred in her movie The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. He performed the Argentine Tango in the movie and was known for bringing the dance to America. He then started staring in more movies and became more famous.

Other movies he was in are The Conquering Power, Blood and Sand, Monsieur Beaucaire, A Sainted Devil, etc. Young Rajah, was a not a successful movie Valentino was angry and went on a one-man strike. He had a court order forbidding him to work in film. During this time, he decided to write a book of poetry and give speeches. His most successful move was The Sheik, It was also his last. He died 5 months later after the movie on August 23, 1926 from an ulcer in his stomach they tried to have surgery but it got worse and there was no hope to save him. But he is still known as The Great Lover Of The Silver Screen.


Rudolph Valentino was a major idol in the 1920's. he was a great "love" actor. He was in about 30 films he gave people something to enjoy. In the 1920's going to a movie was a good stress reliever so he helped people relive stress. He "brought" the Argentine Tango to the U.S.
Rudolph Valentino biography

Movie Questions

1. How old was he when his father died?

2. When he first started his acting career what did he usually play as?

(both answers in the first 2 1/2 minutes)