Rudolph Valentino

Valentino c. 1919, WeirdCalifornia

Birth Name: Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaello Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella

Date of Birth: 6 May, 1895

Place of Birth: Castellaneta, Apulia, Kingdom of Italy

Date of Death: August 23, 1926

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

*Italian (father)
*French (mother)

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian-born American actor. He was nicknamed “The Latin Lover.” His roles include The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik, all silent films.

Rudolph was born in Castellaneta, Apulia, Italy. His father, Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fedele Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella, was Italian, born in Martina Franca, Taranto; he was a captain of cavalry in the Italian Army and a veterinarian. His mother, Marie Berthe Gabrielle (Barbin), was French, born in Lure in Franche-Comté. Rudolph moved to the United States in 1913, living in New York City.

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.

Rudolph’s maternal grandfather was Pierre Philibert/Filiberto Barbin (the son of Giovanni Barbin and Maria Giovanna Beatrice Franchart). Pierre was born in Orne, France.

Rudolph’s maternal grandmother was named Anne Marie/Maria Rose/Rosa Willien. Anne was born in Haut-Rhin, France.

Sources: Genealogy of Rudolph Valentino –

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


Curious about ethnicity

13 Responses

  1. Yayoute says:

    Tag also “Alsatian”

  2. andrew says:

    tag “Apulian”

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