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What Happened To Marco Garibaldi? His Bio, Girlfriend, Marriage, Net Worth



Marco Garibaldi is a former screenwriter and director who is better known as the ex-boyfriend of Priscilla Presley, a businesswoman, and the ex-wife of the late singer-actor, Elvis Presley. Garibaldi lived with Priscilla Presley for 22 years, from the mid-’80s to the mid-2000s.

When together, the former couple also went on to have a son, Navarone Garibaldi. Although they never married Priscilla and Garibaldi’s union was the longest both of them had. Elvis’s ex-wife said quite a lot of good things about Marco than she did about her famous ex-husband.

Garibaldi who originally aspired to make a career in filmmaking later apparently dived into entrepreneurship. His areas of interest and expertise include invention, writing, architecture, building, science, engineering, manufacturing, astronomy, botany, viticulture, software engineering, and public service.

He also has knowledge of computer programming. Marco, as of recent, however, has maintained an overly low-key life reserving himself from the widespread columnists’ heed. Know what he’s been up to all these times, has he remarried, has a new family. Also read about the detailed timeline of his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Priscilla Presley.

Where Was Marco Garibaldi Born; What Does He Do Now?

Priscilla’s former boyfriend of over 20 years, Marco Garibaldi (real name, Marco Antonio Garcia) was born in 1955 in Palmi, Calabria, Italy. Although he claimed himself to be of Italian nationality, that later came out to be a lie; he in fact was Brazilian by ethnicity.

Brazilian ex-screenwriter and director Marco Garibaldi with his former partner Priscilla Presley. Shutterstock

While not much about his early education is known, he was once a student at IBM’s Systems Research Institute majoring in the tabulating knowledge-sharing program and Computer Science.

In fact, in the later years, his occupation has been technology entrepreneur, builder, and consultant. He is now reportedly a computer programmer and is also in the business of luxury and non-toxic Real Estate development as well as Aerospace Manufacturing.

Marco Garibaldi Career In The Filmmaking

On the spectrum of films, Marco has written for the TV series Dallas, in which his ex-partner, Priscilla also starred in. The one-time writer Garibaldi also wrote for another series, The Hitchhiker.

The now 57 years old additionally directed three episodes of the TV series, Mighty Morphine Power Rangers, in 1995. His last project was in 2009 when he produced Across The Hall starring Brittany Murphy.

How Did Marco Meet Priscilla Presley? 

Marco and Priscilla met each other in 1983 after a mutual friend introduced them. In fact, Garibaldi had written a script and was hoping that Priscilla would produce.

People close to Priscilla at the time claimed hers and Marco’s romance began in classic Hollywood fashion. Elvis’ ex-wife was then playing the sultry Jenna Wade on the long-running TV series “Dallas.”

Dallas alum and Elvis Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla Presley with her former boyfriend and tech entrepreneur Marco Garibaldi.
Former screenwriter and tech entrepreneur Marco Garibaldi with his ex-girlfriend and actress Priscilla Presley. Getty

In the meantime, she was also looking for a writer to help her develop her own projects. Then a friend of hers recommended Garibaldi, a screenwriter at the time.

Priscilla’s sister, in Jan 1995, said,

“Marco appealed to her intellect. He’s very independent and self-sufficient. When he met her, I don’t think it really dawned on him who she was.”

Priscilla once described that period Garibaldi as someone who was half-serious and half-joking. She also ascribed him as the reason for “my stability.”

Her friends said Marco at the time appeared a down-to-earth man and was a welcome relief after the madness of Priscilla’s life with Elvis. Soon, they started living together in Beverly Hills starting from the year, 1984.

When together, they welcomed a son, Navarone in 1987. Priscilla, the ex of the late singer, Elvis, and Marco Garibaldi together spent more than two decades living at the former’s Beverly Hills mansion before the couple ended their relationship in 2006.

At the beginning of their relationship, Priscilla ensured her partner signed a promissory agreement that if they should break up, he would not write a book about her.

Some say they didn’t tie the knot owing to Priscilla’s aversion to marriage that resulted from her ex-husband Elvis’ infidelity and possessiveness.

Marco Garibaldi Was Married Before Meeting Priscilla 

Priscilla once revealed her ex-partner, Garibaldi was also formerly married.

Talking to “Spokesman” in Jan 1995, on why she and Marco never married, the Naked Gun actress said,

“I’m speaking just for me – I’m not advocating that people not get married. I’ve been married; Marco’s been married. I don’t take him for granted, and he doesn’t take me for granted.”

Why Did Garibaldi And Priscilla Split? Did Priscilla Marry After The Breakup?  

Neither Priscilla nor Marco ever explained publicly why they ended their more than two decades of relationship.

After the end of their relationship, though, Marco’s ex, Priscilla from 2006 to 2009 dated British TV executive Nigel Lythgoe. Then in the early 2010s, she was allegedly in a relationship with restaurateur Richie Palmer, the ex-husband of Raquel Welch.

Naked Gun actress Priscilla Presley with the father of her son, Marco.
Priscilla Presley with her husband Marco Garibaldi at the Jubilation 2000 concert on June 1, 2000, at the home of producer Alan Ladd Jr. in Beverly Hills, CA. Getty

Since then, Marco’s former girlfriend has been reported to be in a relationship with Australian entertainer, Barry Crocker, and disc jockey Toby Anstis. Priscilla’s current dating life is somewhat shrouded behind her expressive social media post and other likewise activities.

Is Marco Garibaldi Married Now?

Much like Priscilla or better yet something that is significantly more riddling than the personal life of the Spin City actress is that of Marco’s current marital life itself. Ever since his chapter ended in Priscilla’s fate, Garibaldi Sr has been a strong nonentity; one that simply doesn’t exist in today’s media discussions.

It thus and thus is a bit shadowy whether Marco, at present, has a wife or at least a girlfriend.

One more what’s-it that is obscure in the case of Garibaldi is the what-about of his these days. Further deepening the vagueness about Marco’s in-duration whereabouts is his absence from columns like Facebook, Instagram, or just the same web directories.

Garibaldi And Priscilla’s Son, Navarone Garivaldi 

Garibaldi and his ex-wife, Priscilla’s son, Navarone is now a musician. Navarone fronts the band Them Guns, a rock band from Los Angeles.

Now 35 years old, Marco’s son Navarone is the lead singer of Them Guns and regularly performs shows at smaller venues in the U.S. like The Viper Room and The Troubadour.

Navarone Garibaldi, the son of Marco and Priscilla.
Navarone Garibaldi, the only son of Priscilla and her ex-partner, Marco Garibaldi.

The members of Them Guns describe the band’s sound as “a rock base, a tinge of surf/ska vocals, and funked-out keys, a sound to satisfy the traditional, to alternative, to psychedelic rock music enthusiasts… birthed from the barrels of Them Guns.”

Over the years, Priscilla has been incredibly supportive of Navarone’s musical aspirations. She also shares photos of her and him after a show or two along with other candid shots of them spending time together.

Marco’s Son, Navarone Married In 2022; Didn’t Invite His Father To The Wedding

Marco’s son, Navarone is also husband to his girlfriend of four years, Elisa Achilli. Navarone married Achilli at Schloss Hunigen Hotel in Emmental Valley, Switzerland in Feb 2022.

They exchanged vows on the grounds of the 16th-century castle. Attendees included loved ones, including Navarone’s mother Priscilla.

Navarone’s father, Garibaldi Sr, however, was absent on his son’s big day. The vocalist/musician had proposed to his girlfriend in December 2020.

Marco Garibaldi Son, Navarone’s Drug Arrest

In 2004, Marco and Priscilla’s son, Navarone caused a little bit of trouble when he went to jail after the police caught him with drugs and speeding in Los Angeles.

Navarone who was then 17-year-old was reportedly under the influence of marijuana and in possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

According to a US TV show, Priscilla after hearing the news of her son’s arrest, rushed to the police station in Glendale, east of Los Angeles, to bring him home. Garibaldi Jr, however, didn’t face any serious legal charges as he was then still a minor.

Marco Garibaldi Turned Out To Be A Con Artist

In mid-2018, the Dallas alum Priscilla Presley reportedly found out that her ex-BF and father to son Navarone, Marco, is a con artist living a life of lies and fakery according to Radar Online.

Marco apparently deceived Priscilla by pretending to be someone he was not. During the start of their relationship, the ex-screenwriter convinced Presley that he was from a wealthy and prominent Italian family who had relocated to Brazil when he was very young.

Mighty Morphine Power Rangers director Marco Garibaldi with his ex-girlfriend Priscilla Presley.
Spin City actress Priscilla Presley with her ex-boyfriend and director Marco. Getty

In actuality, however, Marco’s real last name turned out to be Garcia and he was born in Brazil, not Italy.

Garibaldi had changed his last name, inventing an impressive background story in order to easily associate with Hollywood celebrities and bigwigs. Marco believed he would have never made it with his original Latin name in the US.

During all these revelations, a source close to the Priscilla Presley’s situation had stated;

“He comes from a middle-class Brazilian family but was told when he moved to the U.S. he’d never make it if he had a Hispanic-sounding last name. He told everyone, including Priscilla, that he was from a very important Italian family. It was all a lie.”

It Was Navarone Who Found Out The Real Truth About His Father, Marco 

The real story of Garibaldi started to unfold after his and Priscilla’s only son, Navarone started receiving texts from a young relative in Brazil.

Navarone later confronted his father about the information he had received from the distant relative and it caused a major family blowup between father and son. Marco, in consequence, became angry and told Navarone to never speak to him again.

The father and the son haven’t spoken since. An insider then reported,

“Marco hasn’t spoken to his son since. Navarone can’t believe he grew up thinking he was Italian and all this time he was Brazilian. It was a real core-shaker for him.”

As for Priscilla, she came to know about her then partner’s fraud through her son, Navarone who shared the information with her.

Another shocking fact was that during their long relationship Marco had access to a ton of Elvis Presley’s fortune through Priscilla and during their time together blew around $50 million.

Marco at the time also claimed he made a living as a big-time Hollywood screenwriter, but in reality, had only a few credits with very few projects over the past several decades.

Priscilla Spent Millions Of Dollars  On Marco Even After Their Break Up; But Neglected He Own Daughter

There were reports that suggested Priscilla Presley still supported Marco years after the end of their relationship. Though it is unclear whether she knew about his real identity or not through those times.

Some listeners found it disturbing in light of the fact that Priscilla at the time had financially cut off her other child with Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley.

Lisa had then revealed she had gone broke and was going through a dire time in her life. Elvis’ daughter with Priscilla had a very strained relationship with her mother and even with her half-brother, Navarone.

Blasting News in 2017 reported Navarone took to social media blasting his half-sister posting caustic comments where he said his half-sister, Lisa Marie was not a nice person and even called her a f*****g c**t all before wishing her dead.

How Rich Is Marco’s Ex-Partner, Priscilla Presley; Her Net Worth

Marco’s former partner, Priscilla is quite a wealthy woman; she has an estimated net worth of over $50million. Some claim the amount is much higher – within the span of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Although she inherited some weighty amount of money through her separation from her late ex-husband, Elvis, she, in the latter years, capitalized on them to successful ventures. In consequence, she is now one of the most known celebrity businesswomen.

For starters, Garibaldi’s former girlfriend is one of the executors for the Presley estate, Graceland which is a booming tourist destination. It features an Elvis exhibit, a car display, restaurants, a theater, and more. In addition to its millions of revenues each year, Priscilla also benefits hugely from her own fashion and perfume brands.