Rodolfo Terlizzi took his first steps in fencing with his uncle, who was a well known fencing master. Terlizzi won the gold medal in team foil at Antwerp in 1920 and had his second Olympic appearance at Los Angeles in 1932 winning the silver medal in the same event. In the interim he became unofficial World Champion with the Italian team in 1930. He achieved his best individual results at these championships with a sixth place in 1927 and a place in the semi-final in 1930. In 1950 Terlizzi was on the cast of the adventure movie “Capitan Demonio” as actor and master of arms.