Rodolfo Gulglielmi Valentino, known by the stage name of Rudolph Valentino, was a famous Italian-American actor, one of the first Hollywood stars. Married to an actress, Natacha Rambova, they started a relationship with then innocent and human Elizabeth, a wannabe actress. A few months later, he faked his own death by killing his stunt double and making people believe it was really him. After Elizabeth found out he is still alive they all made out and got her "turned". When her husband, Mr. March, found about their affair he trapped Valentino and Natacha in a closed hallway of the Cortez with only one room and a few walled doors.
Personality and Appearance
Rudolph is a handsome man with a strong pale face, brown hair and dark eyes, reminescent of Tristan Duffy. Dressed according to fashion of his time with pinstripe suit and silk scarf knotted around his neck. He has an attractive Italian accent. Featuring a narcissistic personality as befits an actor of the 20s, Rudolph Valentino is a man of considerable sexual appetites, but that has proved naïve attitudes in certain occasions concerning modernity, such as technology - that is totally foreign concept to him - making Rudy incapable to face the modern world and an easy prey.
Valentino and his wife attacked two of the men who work under the renovations of the hotel and found a closed hallway with only one room and a few walled doors. When they killed them and drank their blood, they found friends who checked into the hotel. After feeding upon them, they became young and full of life again and left the hotel.
Rudolph tries to adapt to modernity, although his wife managed to do that better than him. Tracked down by a private investigator in a motel, the man is joined by Elizabeth and the two have a amorous encounter.
Continuing to stay at the motel, Rudolph Valentino has an altercation with Donovan, who is jealous of Elizabeth and when the actor challenges him to a duel with a sword, Donovan shoots him in the forehead.
F.W. MurnauFriedrich Wilhelm Murnau was a German director known best for the film Nosferatu. During that filming, Murnau discovered the existence of real "vampires", human afflicted by a mysterious blood virus that had resulted in the eternal youth and life as long as they feeds on human blood. During a train journey, Murnau approached Valentino, infecting him.
- Rudolph (to Elizabeth): "I woke from a dreamless sleep into a dream itself. It was a seduction, but mere carnality was not his aim. I was repelled and drawn in all at once."
- Rudolph (to Elizabeth): "With a cool touch, and a warm kiss, I was truly free. Immortal. No longer just a shadow."
- Rudolph (to Elizabeth): "Join us, little one!"
- This is the third character portrayed by Finn Wittrock. The first two were Dandy Mott and Tristan Duffy.
- This is also the third character portrayed by Finn Wittrock to die throughout the series.
- Rudolph shares a lot of characteristic with the Countess's former lover, Tristan, which gives hints as to why the Countess took an interest in Tristan.
- Rudolph is an in-universe depiction of Rudolph Valentino.