Ronnie James Dio Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Ronnie James Dio Quick Info
Height5 ft 4 in
Weight65 kg
Date of BirthJuly 10, 1942
Zodiac SignCancer
Eye ColorBlue

Ronnie James Dio was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter, and composer who is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal artists of all time. Throughout his career, he was involved with several bands like ElfRainbowBlack SabbathDio, and Heaven & Hell and also gained popularity with his “Metal Horns” hand gesture in metal culture.

Born Name

Ronald James Padavona

Other Name

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio as seen while performing with 'Heaven and Hell' at Charter One Pavilion in Chicago in 2009
Ronnie James Dio as seen while performing with ‘Heaven and Hell’ at Charter One Pavilion in Chicago in 2009 (Photobra|Adam Bielawski / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Age

He was born on July 10, 1942.

Died

On May 16, 2010, Ronnie James Dio passed away at the age of 67 due to complications from stomach cancer in Houston, Texas, United States.

Resting Place

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, United States

Sun Sign

Cancer

Born Place

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Nationality

American

 

Education

Dio attended Cortland High School, from where he graduated in 1960. Then, he got enrolled at the University at Buffalo to major in pharmacology. However, he attended the university only between 1960 and 1961 and did not graduate. He also attended Cortland State College for a short time before dropping out.

In the year 2000, Dio stated in an interview that he majored in history and minored in English. Also, it was alleged that he was previously offered a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music but did not take up the offer due to his interest in rock music.

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter, Composer

Family

  • Father – Pasquale “Patrick”/”Pat” A./M. Padavona (Served in the U.S. Army during World War II)
  • Mother – Anna E. (Gulini)
  • Others – Antonio Padavona (Paternal Grandfather), Erminia/Ernine (Paternal Grandmother), Paul M. Gulini (Maternal Grandfather), Rena O. Burdick (Maternal Grandmother)

Manager

He was managed by his wife Wendy Gaxiola.

Genre

Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Blues Rock

Instruments

Trumpet, Vocals, Bass Guitar

Labels

Atlantic, Decca, Derby, Eagle, Epic, I.R.S., Jive, Kapp, Lawn, Line, MCA, MGM, Parkway, Polydor, Purple, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Safari, Sanctuary, Spitfire, Stateside, Vertigo, Warner Bros.

Build

Slim

Ronnie James Dio (Left) and Ritchie Blackmore pictured while performing with 'Rainbow' at Chateau Neuf in Oslo, Norway in September 1977
Ronnie James Dio (Left) and Ritchie Blackmore pictured while performing with ‘Rainbow’ at Chateau Neuf in Oslo, Norway in September 1977 (Helge Øverås / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0)

Height

5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm

Weight

65 kg or 143.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Ronnie James Dio had dated –

  1. Loretta Berardi – In 1963, he married his first wife Loretta Berardi and they adopted a son named Dan Padavona, a novelist. However, Dio and Loretta eventually got divorced.
  2. Wendy Gaxiola (1974⁠-1985) – After going out for a while, he married Wendy Gaxiola in 1978. They divorced in 1985 but later reconciled and entered an unofficial marriage.

Race / Ethnicity

White

He was of Italian and English descent.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Long curly hair
  • Popularized the “horns” hand gesture as a symbol of heavy metal music
  • Short stature
  • Powerful tenor singing voice and deep resonant speaking voice

Brand Endorsements

In the 1980s, he was involved in the PSA TV spot for RAD (Rock Against Drugs).

Ronnie James Dio as seen while waving 'sign of the horns' at 'Heaven and Hell' concert in November 2007
Ronnie James Dio as seen while waving ‘sign of the horns’ at ‘Heaven and Hell’ concert in November 2007 (Richard Forster / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Ronnie James Dio Facts

  1. Growing up, he used to spend much of his time listening to opera.
  2. He was 5 years old when he started learning to play the trumpet. This marked his first formal musical training.
  3. During his high school years, he formed The Vegas Kings, his first rock-n-roll group. It was later named Ronnie and the Rumblers and then Ronnie and the Red Caps.
  4. On August 29, 2009, Ronnie James Dio performed for the last time with Heaven & Hell in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  5. He got the name “Dio” from gangster Johnny Dio.
  6. A street, Dio Way, has been named after him in Cortland, New York.
  7. Tenor Mario Lanza served as his vocal influence.
  8. Dio was a huge sports fan and once even stated that he wanted to become a basketball player.
  9. He was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History on January 18, 2017.

Featured Image by Photobra|Adam Bielawski / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

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