Al Pacino Biography

Birthday: 1940-04-25
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, Pacino's parents (Salvatore and Rose) divorced when he was young. His mother moved them into his grandparents' house. Pacino found himself often repeating the plots and voices of characters he had seen in the movies, one of his favorite activities. Bored and unmotivated in school, the young Al Pacino found a haven in school plays, and his interest soon blossomed into a full-time career. Starting on the stage, he went through a lengthy period of depression and poverty, sometimes having to borrow bus fare to make it to auditions. He made it into the prestigious Actors Studio in 1966, studying under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg, creator of the Method Approach that would become the trademark of many '70s-era actors. After appearing in a string of plays in supporting roles, he finally hit it big with "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?". His first feature films made little departure from the gritty realistic stage performances that earned him respect: he played a junkie in The Panic in Needle Park (1971) after his film debut in Me, Natalie (1969). What came next would change his life forever. The role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) was one of the most sought-after of the time: Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Ryan O'Neal, Robert De Niro and a host of others either wanted it or were mentioned for it, but director Francis Ford Coppola had his heart set on the unknown Italian Pacino for the role, although pretty much everyone else--from the studio to the producers to some of the cast members--didn't want him. Though Coppola won out through slick persuasion, Pacino was in constant fear of being fired during the hellish shoot. Much to his (and Coppola's) relief, the film was a monster hit that did wonders for everyone's career, including Pacino's, and earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Instead of taking on easier projects for the big money he could now command, however, Pacino threw his support behind what he considered tough but important films, such as the true-life crime drama Serpico (1973) and the tragic real-life bank robbery film Dog Day Afternoon (1975). He opened eyes around the film world for his brave choice of roles, and he was nominated three consecutive years for the "Best Actor" Academy Award. He faltered slightly with Bobby Deerfield (1977), but regained his stride with ...And Justice for All. (1979), for which he received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. This would, unfortunately, signal the beginning of a decline in his career, which produced such critical and commercial flops as Cruising (1980) and Author! Author! (1982). He took on another vicious gangster role and cemented his legendary status in the ultra-violent cult hit Scarface (1983), but a monumental mistake was about to follow. Revolution (1985) endured an endless and seemingly cursed shoot in which equipment was destroyed, weather was terrible, and Pacino became terribly ill with pneumonia. Constant changes in the script also further derailed a project that seemed doomed from the start anyway. The Revolutionary War film is considered one of the worst films ever, not to mention one of the worst of his career, resulted in his first truly awful reviews and kept him off the screen for the next four years. Returning to the stage, Pacino has done much to give back and contribute to the theatre, which he considers his first love. He directed a film, The Local Stigmatic (1990), but it remains unreleased. He lifted his self-imposed exile with the striking Sea of Love (1989) as a hard-drinking cop. It marked the second phase of Pacino's career, being the first to feature his now famous dark, owl eyes and hoarse, gravelly voice. 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). This earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and two years later he was nominated for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). 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). A mixture of technical perfection (he plays a blind man) and charisma, the role was tailor-made for him, and remains a classic. The next few years would see Pacino becoming more comfortable with acting and movies as a business, turning out great roles in great films with more frequency and less of the demanding personal involvement of his wilder days. Carlito's Way (1993) proved another gangster classic, as did the epic crime drama Heat (1995) directed by Michael Mann and co-starring Robert De Niro, although they only had a few scenes together. He returned to the director's chair for the highly acclaimed and quirky Shakespeare adaptation Looking for Richard (1996). 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 two commanding performances in The Insider (1999) and Any Given Sunday (1999). In his personal life, 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 "Godfather" co-star Diane Keaton. With his intense and gritty performances, Pacino was an original in the acting profession. His Method approach would become the process of many actors throughout time, and his unbeatable number of classic roles has already made him a legend among film buffs and all aspiring actors and directors. His commitment to acting as a profession and his constant screen dominance has established him as one of the movies' true legends.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Serpico Serpico 1973 Crime
The Insiders Lowell Bergman 1999 Drama
Angels in America Roy Cohn 2003 - Drama
You Don't Know Jack Jack Kevorkian 2010 Drama
Advocatenclub, De John Milton 2010
Perception Himself 2012 Crime
Revolution Tom Dobb 2012 - 2013 Adventure
The Insider Lowell Bergman 2016 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Me, Natalie Tony 1970 Comedy, Drama
The Panic in Needle Park Bobby 1971
The Godfather Michael 1972 Crime, Drama
Godfather Michael 1972 Crime, Drama
Scarecrow Lion 1973
Serpico Serpico 1973 Crime, Drama
The Godfather: Part II Michael 1974 Crime, Drama
The Godfather Part II Michael 1974 Crime, Drama
Dog Day Afternoon Sonny Wortzik 1975 Crime, Drama
Bobby Deerfield Bobby 1977 Drama, Romance
The Local Stigmatic 1980
Cruising 1980 Reality Tv, 0, 0, Game Show
Author! Author! Ivan Travalian 1982 Comedy, Drama, Family
Scarface Tony Montana 1983 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Revolution Tom Dobb 1985 0, 0, 0
Sea of Love Det. Frank Keller 1989 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Godfather: Part III Don Michael Corleone 1990 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Godfather Part III Don Michael Corleone 1990 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Frankie and Johnny Johnny 1991 Biography, 0
Scent of a Woman Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade 1992
Glengarry Glen Ross Ricky Roma 1992 Drama
Two Bits 1995 Drama
Heat Lt. Vincent Hanna 1995 Action, Crime, Drama
City Hall Mayor John Pappas 1996 0
Looking for Richard Richard III 1996 Documentary, Drama
Pitch 1997
The Devil's Advocate John Milton 1997 0, Game Show
Donnie Brasco Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero 1997 Crime, Drama
Any Given Sunday Tony D'Amato 1999 0, 0
The Insider Lowell Bergman 1999 Drama, Thriller
Chinese Coffee 2000
Insomnia Will Dormer 2002
S1m0ne Viktor Taransky 2002 0, 0, Sport
People I Know Eli Wurman 2002 Crime, Drama
The Recruit Walter Burke 2003 Action, Crime, Drama
Angels in America Roy Cohn 2003 Drama, Fantasy
The Merchant of Venice Shylock 2004 0
Two for the Money 2005 0, Game Show, 0
Righteous Kill 2008 Comedy, 0, Game Show
88 Minutes Jack Gramm 2008 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Son of No One Detective Charles Stanford 2011
Dali & I: The Surreal Story Salvador Dali 2012
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories Himself - Academy Award winning actor portrays NYPD hero Frank Serpico 2013 Biography, Crime, History
Stand Up Guys Val 2013 Game Show, 0, 0, 0
Salomé King Herod 2013 Drama
Wilde Salome Himself / King Herod 2013 Drama
Manglehorn A.J. Manglehorn 2014 Drama
Imagine Danny Collins 2014 Comedy, Drama
The Humbling Simon Axler 2014
Beyond Deceit Abrams 2016 Drama, Thriller