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Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino

Actor (1895-1926)

Born in Italy, Rudolph Valentino was one of the biggest stars of the silent film era.He established himself as the archetypal screen lover in a brief career in Americathat spanned only12 years but encompassed more than three dozen films. Themovies in which he played the romantic lead had women swooning in their seats.When he died of peritonitis at the age of 31, 80,000 mourners nearly caused ariot at his funeral, and several fans attempted suicide. (Provided by FraNoi/Written by Paul Basile)For more geniuses, go to

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