Rudy Giuliani

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Birth Name: Rudolph William Louis Giuliani

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 28, 1944

Ethnicity: Italian

Rudy Giuliani is an American lawyer, businessperson, public speaker, political commentator, politician, cybersecurity adviser, and conspiracy theorist. A Republican, he served as Mayor of New York City, from January 1, 1994 to December 31, 2001; as well as, U.S. Associate Attorney General, from February 20, 1981 to June 3, 1983, and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, from June 3, 1983 to January 1, 1989. He led 1980s federal prosecution of NYC mafia bosses, and the city’s “civic cleanup”/tough-on-crime program during the 1990s. He was called “America’s mayor” after 9/11. Rudy founded security consulting business Giuliani Partners, and for a time owned an investment banking firm, Giuliani Capital Advisors; later joining a law firm, renamed Bracewell & Giuliani.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2008.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001.

Rudy is the son of Helen C. (D’Avanzo) and Harold Angelo Giuliani, who was a plumber and bartender. His father served time in Sing Sing prison for felony assault and robbery, and was later an enforcer for his brother-in-law Leo D’Avanzo and his loan sharking and gambling ring, run out of a Brooklyn restaurant. His parents were both born in New York. All of Rudy’s grandparents were Italian immigrants.

Rudy has two children, political aide and politician Andrew Giuliani and activist and filmmaker Caroline Giuliani, with his former wife, journalist and radio and television personality Donna Hanover.

Rudy’s paternal grandfather was Rodolfo Vincenzo Luigi Giuliani (the son of Angelo/Anziolo Giuliani and Maria Serrini). Rodolfo was from Marliana, Province of Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy.

Rudy’s paternal grandmother was Evangelina/Evangeline Giuliani (the daughter of Domenico Giuliani and Maria Baldecchi). Evangelina was from Marliana.

Rudy’s maternal grandfather was named Luigi/Louis d’Avanzo. Luigi was from Avellino, Campania, Italy.

Rudy’s maternal grandmother was named Adelina/Adlina Stanchi. Adelina was from Avellino.

Three people of significant Italian heritage have won a caucus, primary, and/or nominating ballot for a major American party’s Presidential nomination. The three are:
*Al Smith (who was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1928, and was also a candidate for the 1920, 1924, and 1932 Democratic nominations for President: in 1928, he won 12 contests; in 1932, he won 4 contests; Smith’s paternal grandfather was Italian)
*Michael DiSalle (1960; Democratic; won 1 state, Ohio)
*Rick Santorum (Republican; ran in 2012 and 2016: in 2012, he won 11 contests; Santorum is of three quarters Italian descent)

Ted Cruz, whose maternal great-grandfather was Italian, won 11 contests in the 2016 Republican Party primaries.

Other people of significant Italian heritage who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*John A. Volpe (who sought the 1968 Republican nomination)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s father was of Italian descent)
*Tom Tancredo (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*George Pataki (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Pataki’s maternal grandfather was Italian)
*Chris Christie (who sought the 2016 and 2020 Republican nominations; Christie’s mother was of Italian descent)
*Richard Ojeda (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; Ojeda’s mother is of at least three quarters Italian descent)
*Tim Ryan (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; Ryan’s mother is of Italian descent)
*Bill de Blasio (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; de Blasio’s mother was of Italian descent)
*Ron DeSantis (who sought the 2024 Republican nomination)

Geraldine Ferraro, who was of Italian descent, was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1984.

Sources: Genealogies of Rudy Giuliani –

3 Responses

  1. alexgxo says:

    Looks just like Jeffery Tambor.

  2. andrew says:

    his paternal grandparents actually were from Marliana, Province of Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy, and not from Montecatini (also near Pistoia), as some websites say.

  3. andrew says:

    Rudy’s paternal grandparents were from Montecatini, Tuscany, Italy.

    Rudy’s maternal grandparents were from Avellino, Campania, Italy.

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