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 –


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13 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    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”.

  2. Carrottop4ever says:

    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!

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