Latin Lover Did It Start with Rudolph Valentino? Don Juan (Spanish) or Don Giovanni (Italian). Play, The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest by Tirso. Published in Spain 1600s. Character seductive, Don Juan portrayed as wealthy libertine. His life’s ambitions were to seduction of women. Don Juan did not discriminate he pursued women of all ages and stations in life. My research indicates that this is when the term “Latin Lover” began. Visually, a Latin Lover would be masculine, gorgeous, with golden skin, dark romantic eyes, eyes hooded with long eyelashes, full firm lips and dark hair. Romantic mystic heightened with ethic accent. Hollywood has had a range of Latin Lovers from the 1920s to current.