Name:
Al Pacino
Birth Date:
April 25, 1940
Birth Place:
South Bronx, New York, New York, USA
Height:
5' 6
Nationality:
Sicilian
Famous for:
His role as Michael Corleone in 'The Godfather' (1972)
Profession:
actor, director, writer, producer
Education:
High School for the Performing Arts, NYC (dropped out)
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The Godfather

Background:

"But I was just lucky. People like Coppola were making films, and I got opportunities." Al Pacino

An actor since the 1960s, Al Pacino was thrust toward stardom while portraying the Oscar-nominated role of Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), the Godfather sequels, and the Oscar-winning role of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman (1992). The award winning actor received more rave reviews for starring in such films as Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), ...And Justice for All (1979), Scarface (1983), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), and Heat (1995). The actor, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October of 1997, was also widely noticed for acting in the films Donnie Brasco (1997), The Insider (1999), Insomnia (2002), The Recruit (2003), The Merchant of Venice (2004), and Two For the Money (2005).

Al Pacino, whose trademark is his volcanic tirade and smoke-burnished voice, has also earned critical acclaim for his stage performances. He won double Tony Awards for his supporting role in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969) and for starring in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1977). As for television, Al Pacino has been awarded an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of character Roy Marcus Cohn in the miniseries Angels in America (2004).

On a personal front, the 5' 6" inch tall actor has been romantically linked to several names, notably his long involvement with actress Beverly D'Angelo (born on November 15, 1954; engaged in 1997; broke up, gave him twins), actress Diane Keaton (As Good As It Gets, The Godfather) and acting coach Jan Tarrant (gave him one daughter). He has also been romantically linked to actresses Penelope Ann Miller, Marthe Keller, Jill Clayburgh, as well as anchor Lyndall Hobbs.

"The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful-my personal life suffers." Al Pacino


Single Sonny

Childhood and Family:

Son of Salvatore Pacino (insurance salesman) and Rose Pacino (died in 1962), Alfredo James Pacino, who would later be famous as Al Pacino, was born on April 25, 1940, in East Harlem, New York. He has four sisters, Josette (teacher), twins Roberta and Paula, and Desiree (younger, adopted). When he was only 2 years old, Al's parents divorced and he went with his mother when she moved to his grandparents' house. Al Pacino is also the stepson of actress and make-up artist Katherin Kovin-Pacino.

While attending the renowned High School for the Performing Arts in New York City, Al Pacino frequently performed in school plays. For his impressive acting skills, Al Pacino, nicknamed Sonny, was voted "the most likely to succeed" by his school friends. An avid Shakespeare and Julie Christie fan, Al Pacino left school at age 17 to pursue his acting career. He later studied with Charles Laughton at the Herbert Berghof Studio, New York City.

"I'm single and I don't particularly like it. I'm certainly the kind of person who prefers ... it ... it ... It's good to have someone in your life that you're going through this thing with. It's good. That's a thing in life that I aspire to." Al Pacino

Al Pacino has never been married. However, he is the father of three children, twins Anton James (born in January 2001, mother: Beverly D'Angelo) and Olivia Rose (born in January 2001, mother: Beverly D'Angelo), as well as daughter Julie Marie (born in 1989, mother: Jan Tarrant).


Mafia Boss

Career:

"I am more alive in the theater than anywhere else, but what I take into the theater I get from the streets." Al Pacino

Formerly doing odd jobs like theater guide and doorkeeper, Al Pacino sharpened his acting skills by signing to the Herbert Berghof Studio, New York City (with Charles Laughton) until he was accepted in the prestigious Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in 1966. He subsequently landed roles in several off-Broadway productions, including acting with James Earl Jones in The Peace Creeps and earning an Obie Award for starring in The Indian Wants the Bronx. Afterwards, he debuted on Broadway, portraying a sociopath drug addict in a production of Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie. His bright performance handed him a Tony Award, and Al Pacino's success path was opened.

Playing a bit part of Tony in the bomb drama comedy Me, Natalie (1969), was Al Pacino's big screen debut. After directing his first theatrical work, Rats (1970s), Al Pacino landed a role in Jerry Schatzberg's adaptation of James Mills' book, the romantic drama, The Panic in Needle Park (1971). In the film, he portrayed Kitty Winn's heroin addicted boyfriend, Bobby, and received positive reviews.

Thanks to the previous role of Bobby, Al attracted the attention of renowned film director Francis Coppola, who handed Al Pacino the impressive role of Michael Corleone in his screen version of Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, the epic Mafia saga, The Godfather (1972, also starring Best Actor winner Marlon Brando). The film was a runaway success, winning three Oscars. It also instantly shot Al Pacino's name to the spotlight, nabbing him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The film later spawned its following installments, The Godfather II and III in 1974 and 1990, in which Al Pacino reprised his role and received more Oscar nominations.

Though he once acted in the less received drama Scarecrow (1973, alongside Gene Hackman), Al Pacino paid it off by playing the title role in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Peter Maas' book, the cop-drama Serpico (also in 1973). The true-story film became a smash hit and netted him a National Board of Review and Golden Globe's Best Actor award. He continued to achieve critical acclaim while playing a ferocious and fed-up bank robber, Sonny Wortzik, in Sidney Lumet's fact-based classic crime-drama film, Dog Day Afternoon(1975).

In 1977, Al Pacino unexpectedly starred as a famous American racecar driver, Bobby Deerfield, in the romance-drama film with the same title, a film version of Erich Maria Remarque's novel. Two years later, he returned to crime-drama in Norman Jewison's ...And Justice for All (1979). Playing Arthur Kirkland, a lawyer defending a corrupt judge who is charged with rape, Al Pacino was handed another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also went back on stage, played the lead role in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1977) and received a Tony Award for Best Actor.

In the early 1980s, Al Pacino acted in such average success films as Friedkin's controversial Cruising (1980), the comedy Author! Author! (1982), and Brian DePalma's violent 1983 remake, Scarface (1983). Al Pacino returned to the box office again in Hugh Hudson's historical epic Revolution (1985), in which he played Tom Dobb, a simple and illiterate trapper. After a four years hiatus, in 1989, Pacino made his directional debut with The Local Stigmatic and went back on screen playing alcoholic detective Frank Keller in Harold Becker's Sea of Love.

Pacino earned his sixth Oscar nomination for playing Big Boy Caprice in Warren Beatty's lavish adaptation of Chester Gould's famous comic strip, Dick Tracy (1990). He also gained notice for starring as an ex-con-turned-short-order-cook, Johnny, in the adaptation of Terrence McNally's play, the hit romance-comedy Frankie and Johnny (1991, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer).

1992 was probably Al Pacino's glory year. After being nominated again for an Oscar for Best Actor for starring in the screen version of David Mamet's play, Glengarry Glen Ross, Pacino eventually took home an Oscar for brilliantly portraying a blind retired army officer, Lt. Col. Frank Slade, in an adaptation of Giovanni Arpino's novel, Scent of a Woman (with Chris O'Donnell). In the next years, Pacino kept gracing the silver screen acting in such films as Brian DePalma's gangster classic Carlito's Way (1993), Michael Mann's epic crime drama Heat (1995), James Foley's drama Two Bits (1995), and the political drama City Hall (1996). He also helmed and starred in his adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, Looking for Richard (1996), and won a Directors Guild of America award.

Al Pacino joined other Hollywood heavy-hitters by receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 16,1997. Also in that year, he gained high praise for portraying Johnny Depp's FBI partner, Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero, in the film version of Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley's book, Donnie Brasco. The rest of the 1990s saw Pacino in such films as Devil's Advocate (1997, alongside Keanu Reeves), Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday (1999, with Cameron Diaz), and the movie version of Marie Brenner's article, The Insider (1999, opposite Russell Crowe).

Entering the 2000s, Pacino kept fulfilling his fans with significant roles in the 2002 films Chinese Coffee, Insomnia, Simone, and the 2003 films Gigli, People I Know, The Recruit, and Stuck on You (2003). More recent, Pacino's fans can watch him in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Two For the Money (2005). For the small screen, Pacino was awarded an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild for starring in the miniseries Angels In America (2004). Upcoming film projects include Torch, 88 Minutes, and the animated version of Scarface.

A prolific stage performer, Pacino recently worked on Broadway with actress Marisa Tomei in Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading. They will also perform at The California Theater for the Performing Arts in San Bernardino.

"I hope the perception is that I'm an actor. I never intended to be a movie star." Al Pacino


Awards:

  • Emmy: Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Angels in America, 2004
  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, Angels In America, 2004
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Cecil B. DeMille Award, 2000
  • Film Society of Lincoln Center: Gala Tribute, 2000
  • Golden Globe: Cecil B.DeMille Award, 2000
  • Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actor, Donnie Brasco, 1997
  • Independent Feature Project: Gotham Award, Lifetime Achievement, 1996
  • Directors Guild of America: Documentary Direction, Looking for Richard, 1996
  • Venice Film Festival: Career Golden Lion, 1994
  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -
  • Drama, Scent Of A Woman, 1993
  • Oscar: Best Actor, Scent of a Woman, 1992
  • Valladolid International Film Festival: Best Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992
  • American Comedy: Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Dick Tracy, 1991
  • Tony: Best Actor in a Play, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, 1977
  • Los Angeles Film Critics: Best Actor, Dog Day Afternoon, 1975
  • BAFTA: Best Actor, Dog Day Afternoon, 1975
  • BAFTA: Best Actor, The Godfather - Part II, 1974
  • National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor, Serpico, 1973
  • Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), Serpico, 1973
  • National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather, 1972
  • National Society of Film Critics: Best Actor, The Godfather, 1972
  • Tony: Best Supporting Actor in a Play, Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, 1969
  • Drama Desk: Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, 1969
  • Theater World: Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, 1969
  • Obie: Best Actor, The Indian Wants the Bronx, 1968
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