The Son of the Sheik (1926) .... Ahmed, the Sheik's Son / Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan
Cobra (1925) .... Count Rodrigo Torriani
The Eagle (1925) .... Lt. Vladimir Dubrovsky
...aka The Black Eagle and Marcel Le Blanc
A Sainted Devil (1924) .... Don Alonzo Castro ... Movie Still Code: 661-X
Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) .... Duke de Chartres/Beaucaire
The Hooded Falcon (1924)
The Young Rajah (1922) (as Rodolph Valentino) .... Amos Judd
Blood and Sand (1922) (as Rodolph Valentino) .... Juan Gallardo ... Movie Still Code: 432-X &  455-X
Beyond the Rocks (1922) .... Lord Hector Bracondale
Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) .... Ramon Laredo
The Sheik (1921) .... Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan
Camille (1921) .... Armand Duval / Manon's Lover in Daydream
The Conquering Power (1921) .... Charles Grandet
... aka Eugenie Grandet (USA)
Uncharted Seas (1921) .... Frank Underwood
... aka Uncharted Sea (USA: copyright title)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) .... Julio Desnoyers
Stolen Moments (1920) (as Rudolph Valentine) .... Jose Dalmarez
The Wonderful Chance (1920) .... Joe Klingsby
Once to Every Woman (1920) .... Juliantimo
The Cheater (1920) (uncredited) .... Extra
Passion's Playground (1920) (as Rudolph Valentine) .... Prince Angelo Della Robbia
An Adventuress (1920) (as Rodolph Valentino) .... Jacques Rudanyi
... aka The Isle of Love (USA: reissue title)

Eyes of Youth (1919) (as Rudolfo Valentino) .... Clarence Morgan
Nobody Home (1919) (as Rodolph Valentine) .... Maurice Rennard
A Rogue's Romance (1919) (as Rudolph Volantino) .... Apache Dancer
Big Little Person (1919) (as M. Rodolpho De Valentina) .... Arthur Endicott
Virtuous Sinners (1919) .... Bit Part
The Delicious Little Devil (1919) (as Rudolpho De Valintine) .... Jimmy Calhoun
The Homebreaker (1919) (uncredited) .... Dance Extra
The Married Virgin (1918) (as Rodolfo di Valentini) .... Count Roberto di San Fraccini
... aka Frivolous Wives (USA: review title)
All Night (1918) (as Rudolpho di Valentina) .... Richard Thayer
A Society Sensation (1918) (as Rudolpho De Valentina) .... Dick Bradley
Alimony (1917) (uncredited) .... Dancer
Patria (1917)
Seventeen (1916) (uncredited) .... Extra - Movie Still Code: 131-X
The Foolish Virgin (1916) (uncredited)
The Quest of Life (1916)
My Official Wife (1914) (uncredited) .... Extra
The Battle of the Sexes (1914) (uncredited) .... Dance Extra
~Rudolph Valentino~

Born: May 6, 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy
Died: August 23, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA
Though the phrase "Latin Lover" has been applied to many actors over the years, to some film buffs
the designation truly fits only one individual: Rudolph Valentino. The son of an Italian army
veterinarian, Valentino attended the Royal School of Agriculture in Genoa after his career at a
prestigious military academy came a-cropper. At age 17 he moved to Paris and the following year he
emigrated to New York, supporting himself as a landscape gardener, dishwasher, and tango dancer,
among other occupations. Unfortunately he also occasionally ran afoul of the law when he turned to
petty crimes to make ends meet. Through the kindness of his actress friend Alla Nazimova, he was
hired to dance in a musical which died aborning in Utah but paid his way to the West Coast. Another
friend, actor Norman Kerry, helped Valentino land a few minor roles in films and by 1919 the young
Italian was typecast as a shifty-eyed Latino villain. During this period he married another aspiring
film performer, Jean Acker, but the union didn't last long. Finally in 1921, Valentino's star potential
was realized by screenwriter June Mathis, who convinced director Rex Ingram to cast the actor in
the important role of Julio in Metro's The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Valentino's unique
brand of sexual charisma scored an immediate hit with the public, but Metro failed to capitalize on
their new personality, prompting him to accept a better offer at Paramount. Here he co-starred with
Agnes Ayres in The Sheik (1922), a tatty, unsophisticated adaptation of E.M. Hull's exotic novel.
Despite the film's shortcomings, Valentino's magnetic personality permeated every frame, firmly
establishing him as a star of the first rank.

As was its custom, Paramount rushed their new sensation from one film to another and before long
the law of diminishing returns exercised its usual prerogative. So dissatisfied was Valentino with his
substandard vehicles that he took a two-year sabbatical from films, devoting his time to writing and
publishing poetry. When he returned to the screen, it was under the heavy-handed influence of his
second wife, set designer Natacha Rambova (born Winifred Hudnut), who talked him into playing
epicene dandies in such overblown productions as Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) and Cobra (1925). The
Rambova-inspired effeminization of Valentino's screen personality provoked outrage from "100
percent red-blooded" males, one of whom, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, characterized the
actor as a "pink powder puff" and cast libelous aspersions upon his manhood. Valentino angrily
responded by challenging the writer to a fistfight, but the waspish scrivener refused to give him the
satisfaction. Many of Valentino's friends and associates rushed to his defense during this period,
affirming that he was not the "painted pansy" he was accused of being, adding for good measure that
he was a loyal, considerate, and trustworthy friend. Even the acerbic essayist H.L. Mencken stated
in print that Valentino was not only a certified he-man but an all-around nice fellow. Hoping to alter
the public's perception of him, he purged the troublesome Rambova from his life and formed his
own production company, playing virile leading roles in The Eagle (1925) and Son of the Sheik
(1926), two of his best films. Though he was able to salvage his career, he was unable to enjoy the
fruits of his labors: a few months after completing Son of the Sheik, he was hospitalized in New York
with a perforated ulcer. Complications quickly set in, and on August 23, 1926, the 31-year-old actor
died of peritonitis and septic endocarditis. Almost immediately, the Valentino "death cult"
entrenched itself: nearly 80,000 hysterical women (including his most recent lover, actress Pola
Negri) crowded into Campbell's Funeral Parlor in New York to catch a glimpse of his body, while in
other parts of the world several of the actor's more impressionable devotees committed suicide (as if
anticipating the similar mass hysteria surrounding the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, rumors
persisted well into the 1930s that Valentino had not died at all, but had gone into hiding under an
assumed name). In addition to the dozens of biographical books on Valentino, there have been
several filmed treatments of his life, starring actors as diverse as Anthony Dexter and Rudolph
Nureyev. None of these worthies could approach the special appeal of the real Rudolph Valentino,
whose best films still retain their magic even after eight decades.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein,
~Silent Filmography~