Rudolph Valentino

by ethnic on October 24, 2009

Birth Name: Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella

Date of Birth: May 6, 1895

Place of Birth: Castellaneta, Apulia, Italy

Date of Death: August 23, 1926

Place of Death: New York City, New York

*Italian (father)
*French (mother)

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian-born American actor.

Rudolph was born in Castellaneta, Apulia, Italy. His father, Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fedele Guglielmi di Valentina D’Antonguolla, was Italian, born in Martina Franca, Taranto. His mother, Marie Berthe Gabrielle (Barbin), was French, born in Lure in Franche-Comté. Rudolph moved to the United States in 1913.

Rudolph’s paternal grandfather was Pasquale Vita Alfonso Guglielmi (the son of Giovanni Martino Maria Guglielmi and Maria Teresa Colucci/Colussi). Pasquale was born in Taranto, Italy. Giovanni was the son of Pasquale Guglielmi and Marianna Infante. Maria Teresa was the daughter of Fedele Colucci ad Grazia Sconeraro.

Rudolph’s paternal grandmother was Grazia Ancona (the daughter of Domenico Ancona and Donata Chirulli). Grazia was born in Taranto, Italy.

Rudolph’s maternal grandparents were Pierre Philibert/Filiberto Barbin (the son of Giovanni Barbin and Maria Giovanna Beatrice Franchart) and Anne Marie/Maria Rose/Rosa Willien. Pierre was born in Orne, France. Anne was born in Haut-Rhin, France.

Sources: Genealogies of Rudolph Valentino –

Death record of Rudolph’s maternal grandfather, Pierre Philibert/Filiberto Barbin –

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bablah April 20, 2017 at 1:57 pm
andrew April 21, 2017 at 4:43 am

His maternal grandfather’s parents likely had Italian ancestry

follers April 21, 2017 at 5:22 am

Perhaps they just Italianized their first names.

bablah April 21, 2017 at 5:40 am

Yeah, those are just Italianised first names. They were likely called Jean and Marie Jeanne Beatrix.

andrew April 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

That is what I actually thought, but I’m still not convinced.

andrew October 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm

He was born in Castellaneta, Province of Taranto, Apulia, Italy, to an Italian father from Martina Franca (also in Apulia), Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fedele Guglielmi di Valentina D’Antonguolla (“di Valentina D’Antonguolla” was added later), and a French-born mother, Marie Gabrielle Bardin, born to noble parents of Italian origin from Piedmont whose surname was “Bardini”.

Carrottop4ever August 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I think he had true sex appeal! I started watching his movies and his love scences in some ways were more erotic then anything the movie industry puts out today! You have to be sexy for thousands of women to go nuts over you without even uttering a word but I will tell you if women heard his Italian accent on top of what he had to flaunt already they would been that much crazier over him! He was hot before hot was even a word used to describe sexiness AND he was pretty buff for that day before men really were major gym goers like they are today. He was tall, dark, and handsome and was a darn good actor too. I watched his movie Cobra and he could even be funny! God I wish I could meet a Rudolph Valentino of my own. Maybe I should make a trip to Italy!

Anonymous August 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm
Anonymous August 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

my mistake they are not the same.

Anonymous September 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm
Monique May 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm


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