Rudolph Valentino in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," 1921
A supreme star of silent films, he was born in Italy the son of an army veterinarian.
Before coming to New York in 1913, he begged for pennies on Paris street corners, and was once
arrested on suspicion of petty theft and blackmail. He danced his way from nightclubs
to the movies and silent stardom. His sudden death at the age of 31 in 1926,
supposedly poisoned by a discarded mistress, catapulted him into Hollywood Valhallah.
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