Al Pacino Biography

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Quick Facts

Alfredo James Pacino
Roman Catholic
25 April 1940 AD
76 Years
Taurus    Taurus Men

New York City, New York, U.S
Salvatore Pacino
Jan Tarrant, Beverly D’Angelo
Anton James Pacino, Olivia Rose Pacino, Julie Marie Pacino
$135 million
1993 – Academy Award for Best Leading Actor
1976 – BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actor
2004 – Primetime Emmy Award for Best Leading Actor in Miniseries or Television Movie

Al Pacino, a distant star that was making a name, acting on a whole new level that Hollywood has long been associated with the cold-blooded murder and villain roles in some of the most historical films. He has often been counted among one of the most famous fictional villains, a riveting portrayal of the antagonists of Hollywood. But this time, playing his acting skills are not a forte of his negative character that knows no boundaries. He fits into the shoes of any character is set to pay a resource actor. It’s a romantic comedy or a character, he does it with finesse. Worked in a unique style, a brilliant performer with Pacino, almost every film he has set landmarks. His charming and attractive, young Pacino people had not been attached to the actors, who believed only the important role of good-looking. He chose to play the characters, who, beautiful, attractive and charismatic, but evil. He has challenged convention and what is their sheer talent and from the modern day generation of actors changed the face of cinema through hard work. If you want to know more about this very talented actor, scroll down.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Al Pacino was born in East Harlem, New York City, to Italian-American parents, Rose and Salvatore Pacino. His parents divorced when he was two years old.

  • He was called ‘Sonny’ during his teen age days by his friends and he wanted to become baseball player. He was also nicknamed ‘The Actor’.

  • He failed in nearly all of the subjects except English and dropped out of school at the age of 17. His mother did not agree to his decision and after an argument, he left home.

  • He took several odd jobs such as messenger, busboy, janitor, and postal clerk, in order to finance his trainings in acting. During this time he also started acting in basement plays in New York’s theatrical underground, but was rejected for the Actors Studio.

  • He then joined the ‘Herbert Bergh of Studio’ (HB Studio), where he met his acting teacher Charlie Laughton, who became his mentor and best friend.

  • During his training days, he was frequently unemployed and homeless. Sometimes, he even had to sleep on the street, in theaters, or at friends’ houses.
  • He soon began acting in theatre productions and in 1969 he performed in the Broadway play ‘Does A Tiger Wear a Necktie?’ for which he received a Tony Award. He also played a minor role in the short film, ‘Me, Natalie’.

  • He was cast as ‘Bobby’ in the 1971 movie ‘The Panic in Needle Park’. The movie didn’t taste great success, but, his acting skills grabbed attention.

  • He shot to unprecedented fame with the movie ‘The Godfather’, released in 1972. The movie received wide critical praise and won three Academy Awards.

  • In 1973, he starred as Francis Lionel ‘Lion’ Delbuchi in ‘Scarecrow’ and won and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘Serpico’, based on the true story of New York City policeman Frank Serpico

  • In 1974, he appeared in the second movie of the Godfather series, the Academy Award-winning ‘The Godfather: Part II’.

  • With the 1975 film ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, he hit the big screen again and was again nominated for Best Actor.

  • His career slumped in 1980s and his movies were critically panned and were also not very successful commercially.

  • In 1990, he starred in the third and final Godfather series film, ‘The Godfather, Part III’, for which he was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

  • During the 90’s he acted in several successful films including ‘Frankie and Johnny’ in 1991, ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ in 1992, ‘Scent of a Woman’ in 1992, ‘Heat’ in 1995, ‘Donnie Brasco’ in 1997, ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ in 1997, etc.

  • In 2000, he directed and acted in the movie ‘Chinese Coffee’, nearly a decade after playing a part in the original, Broadway version.

  • In 2002, he starred in the film ‘Insomnia’, a film about a young woman’s mysterious murder.

  • He also appeared in the smash hit ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, in 2007.

  • In 2010, he received wide critical acclaim for his role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian, an assisted-suicide advocate, in TV movie ‘You Don’t Know Jack’.

  • In 2011, he directed a movie based on Oscar Wilde, ‘Wilde Salome’.

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