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BiographyAmerican actor and filmmaker Alfredo James "Al" 'Pacino , an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies, was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York. Pacino's parents (Salvatore and Rose) divorced when he was young. After appearing in a string of plays in supporting roles, Pacino finally attained success off-Broadway with Israel Horovitz's "The Indian Wants the Bronx", winning an Obie Award for the 1966-67 season. That was followed by a Tony Award for "Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?" The role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) was one of the most sought-after of the time. Pacino threw his support behind what he considered tough but important films, such as Serpico (1973) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975). He was nominated three consecutive years for the "Best Actor" Academy Award. Returning to the Corleones, he made The Godfather: Part III (1990) and earned raves for his first comedic role in the colorful Dick Tracy (1990). He went into romantic mode for Frankie and Johnny (1991). In 1992 he finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his amazing performance in Scent of a Woman (1992). City Hall (1996), Donnie Brasco (1997) and The Devil's Advocate (1997) all came out in this period. Reteaming with Mann and then Oliver Stone, he gave commanding performances in The Insider (1999) and Any Given Sunday (1999). In the 2000s, Pacino starred in a number of theatrical blockbusters, including Ocean's Thirteen (2007), but his choice in television roles (the vicious, closeted Roy Cohn in the HBO miniseries Angels in America (2003) and his sensitive portrayal of Jack Kevorkian, in the television movie You Don't Know Jack (2010)) are reminiscent of the bolder choices of his early career. Each television project garnered him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Pacino is one of Hollywood's most enduring and notorious bachelors, having never been married. Resides in Beverly Hills, California. Lives in Palisades, New York.
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1971 "The Panic in Needle Park" as Bobby
1972 "The Godfather" as Michael Corleone
1973 "Scarecrow" as Francis Lionel 'Lion' Delbuchi
1973 "Serpico" as Officer Frank Serpico
1974 "The Godfather II" as Don Michael Corleone
1975 "Dog Day Afternoon" as Sonny Wortzik
1977 "Bobby Deerfield" as Bobby
1980 "Cruising" as Steve Burns
1983 "Scarface" as Tony Montana
1985 "Revolution" as Tom Dobb
1989 "Sea of Love" as Det. Frank Keller
1990 "The Local Stigmatic" as Graham
1990 "Dick Tracy" as Big Boy Caprice
1990 "The Godfather III" as Don Michael Corleone
1991 "Frankie and Johnny" as Johnny
1992 "Glengarry Glen Ross" as Ricky Roma
1992 "Scent of a Woman" as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade
1993 "Carlito's Way" as Carlito 'Charlie' Brigante
1995 "Two Bits" as Gitano Sabatoni
1995 "Heat" as Lt. Vincent Hanna
1996 "Looking for Richard" as Richard III
1996 "City Hall" as Mayor John Pappas
1997 "Donnie Brasco" as Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero
1997 "The Devil's Advocate" as John Milton
1999 "The Insider" as Lowell Bergman
1999 "Any Given Sunday" as Tony D'Amato
2000 "Chinese Coffee" as Harry Levine
2002 "People I Know" as Eli Wurman
2002 "Insomnia" as Will Dormer
2002 "S1m0ne" as Viktor Taransky
2003 "The Recruit" as Walter Burke
2003 "Gigli" as Starkman
2003 "Angels in America" as Roy Cohn
2004 "The Merchant of Venice" as Shylock
2005 "Two for the Money" as Walter Abrams
2007 "88 Minutes" as Jack Gramm
2007 "Ocean's Thirteen" as Willy Bank
2008 "Righteous Kill" as David 'Rooster' Fisk
2010 "You Don't Know Jack" as Jack Kevorkian
2011 "The Son of No One" as Detective Charles Stanford
2011 "Jack and Jill" as Al Pacino
2012 "Stand Up Guys" as Val
2013 "Phil Spector" as Phil Spector
2013 "Salomé" as King Herod
2014 "The Humbling" as Simon Axler
2014 "Manglehorn" as A.J. Manglehorn
2015 "Danny Collins" as Danny Collins
2016 "Misconduct" as Charles Abrams
2017 "Hangman" as Detective Ray Archer
2018 "Paterno" as Joe Paterno
2019 "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" as Marvin Schwarz
2019 "The Irishman" as Jimmy Hoffa
Julie Marie (b. 1989), daughter with acting coach Jan Tarrant; Olivia Rose and Anton James (twins, b. 2001), with Beverly D'Angelo.
Pacino is one of Hollywood's most enduring and notorious bachelors, having never been married. He has a daughter, Julie Marie, with acting teacher Jan Tarrant, and a new set of twins with longtime girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo. His romantic history includes a long-time romance with Diane Keaton.
"I hope the perception is that I'm an actor, I never intended to be a movie star."
"Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them."
"I was hoping that we could have a museum where we had films; that there was a museum where films were, like, hung. Like paintings. And you went to the museum."
"Charles Laughton was my favorite. Jack Nicholson has that kind of persona; he's also a fine actor. Robert Mitchum's great. Lee Marvin, too. These guys are terrific actors.
"An actor with too much money will usually find a way to get rid of it."
"It was a new feeling. I'd never felt it, when I won the Oscar for Scent of a Woman (1992). I don't see my Oscar much now. But when I first got it, there was a feeling for weeks afterward that I guess is akin to winning a gold medal in the Olympics. It's a wonderful feeling, a complete feeling."
"In America most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me."
"To me, it's not who you love...a man, a woman, what have you...it's the fact that you love. That is all that truly matters."
"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."
"Trying to give the right answer or what I think is the right answer. It's a human instinct. You try to be as clever as you can be. You're trying to come off like you really know what the hell's going on, when you don't!"
"There are times when I have a temperament. I hope I'm gentle. Yes, I think I am."
SalaryHis salary was around $10 million a picture. (2002)
Awards and nominations
Al Pacino was awarded the 2011 American National Medal of the Arts for his services to drama on February 13, 2012 at the White House in Washington, D.C. "Al Pacino is an enduring and iconic figure, who came of age in one of the most exciting decades of American cinema, the 1970s. His signature intensity as an actor was originally honed for the stage, under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg, and he has become one of the most outstanding and accomplished American artists." He has been nominated and has won many awards during his acting career, including nine Academy Awards nominations (winning one), 18 Golden Globe nominations (winning four), five BAFTA nominations (winning one), two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on television, and two Tony Awards for his stage work. In 2007, the American Film Institute awarded Pacino with a lifetime achievement award and, in 2003, British television viewers voted Pacino as the greatest film star of all time in a poll for Channel 4.
Trade MarkVolcanic tirade, smoke-burnished voice ; frequently plays men of power and/or authority; jet black hair and dark owl eyes; diminutive frame, off-set by his formidable bearing
His role as a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park (1971) brought Pacino to the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola, who cast him as Michael Corleone in what became a blockbuster Mafia film, The Godfather (1972). Although Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and the little-known Robert De Niro were tried out for the part, Coppola selected Pacino, to the dismay of studio executives who wanted someone better known.
He studied acting at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Before becoming a professional actor he held a number of jobs including a messenger, shoe salesman, supermarket checker, shoe shiner, furniture mover, office boy, fresh-fruit polisher, and a newsboy. An avid fan of opera, Pacino once worked as an usher at Carnegie Hall. In a Playboy magazine interview, he claimed that he was fired from his job as a movie theater usher while walking down the staircase and admiring himself in the mirrored wall.
Pacino was so much into character (playing a plain-clothes New York City policeman) while filming Serpico (1973) he actually pulled over and threatened to arrest a truck driver for exhaust pollution.
Early in his acting career, he considered changing his name to "Sonny Scott" to avoid being typecast by his Italian name. "Sonny" was his childhood nickname.