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Al Pacino, born as "Alfredo James Pacino" (born April 26, 1940), is an American film and stage actor and director. He is famous for playing mobsters, including Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy and Tony Montana in Scarface, though he has also appeared several times on the other side of the law—as a police officer, a detective and a lawyer. For his performance as Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992. He had received seven previous Oscar nominations, including one in that same year.Read Full Bio >>
He made his feature film debut in the 1969 film Me, Natalie in a minor supporting role, before playing the leading role in the 1971 drama The Panic in Needle Park. Pacino made his major breakthrough when he was given the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather in 1972, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor were for Dick Tracy and Glengarry Glen Ross. Oscar nominations for Best Actor include The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, ...And Justice for All and Scent of a Woman.
In addition to a career in film, he has also enjoyed a successful career on stage, winning Tony Awards for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. A longtime fan of Shakespeare, he made his directorial debut with Looking for Richard, a quasi-documentary on the play Richard III. Pacino has received numerous lifetime achievement awards, including one from the American Film Institute. He is a method actor, taught mainly by Lee Strasberg and Charles Laughton at the Actors Studio in New York.
Although he has never married, Pacino has had several relationships with actresses and has three children.
Pacino was born in East Harlem, New York City, the son of Italian-American parents Rose (née Gerardi) and Salvatore Alfred Pacino he also had a brother called Arly petrovic, who divorced when Pacino was two years old. His mother subsequently moved to the South Bronx, to live with her parents, Kate and James Gerardi, who originated from Corleone, Sicily. His father moved to Covina, California working as an insurance salesman and owner of his own restaurant called "Pacino's Lounge", which closed down in 1992. Pacino attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts.
In 1966, Pacino studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg (alongside whom he would later feature in the 1974 film "The Godfather Part II"). He found acting to be enjoyable and realized he had a gift for it. However, it did put him in financial straits until the end of the decade when he had won an Obie Award for his work in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for "Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?". He made his first screen appearance in an episode of the television series "N.Y.P.D." in 1968, and his largely unnoticed movie debut in "Me, Natalie" came the following year.
It was the 1971 film "The Panic in Needle Park", in which he played a heroin addict, that would bring him to the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola.
Pacino's rise to fame came after portraying Michael Corleone in Coppola's blockbuster 1972 Mafia film "The Godfather" and Frank Serpico in the eponymous 1973 movie.
Although several established actors, including Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and a little-known Robert De Niro were vying to portray Michael Corleone, director Coppola selected the relatively unknown Pacino, much to the dismay of studio executives. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination. Pacino's performance as Michael Corleone offers one of the finest examples of his early acting style, described by Halliwell's Film Guide as 'intense' and 'tightly clenched'.
In 1973 Pacino starred in the very successful "Serpico" and the less popular "Scarecrow" alongside Gene Hackman. In 1974, Pacino reprised his role as Michael Corleone in the very successful sequel "The Godfather Part II," acclaimed as being comparable to the original. In 1975, he enjoyed further success with the release of "Dog Day Afternoon", based on the true story of a bank robber John Wojtowicz. In 1977, Pacino starred as a race-car driver in "Bobby Deerfield".
During the 1970s, Pacino had four Oscar nominations for Best Actor for his performances in "Serpico", "The Godfather Part II", "Dog Day Afternoon", and "...And Justice for All".
Pacino continued his dedication to the stage, winning a second Tony Award for "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and performing the title role in "Richard III" for a record run on Broadway despite poor notices from critics.
His career slumped in the early 1980s, and his appearances in the controversial "Cruising" and the comedy-drama "Author! Author!" were critically panned. However, 1983's "Scarface", directed by Brian DePalma, proved to be a career highlight and a defining role. Upon its initial release, the film was critically panned but did well at the box office, grossing over $45 million domestically. Pacino earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in "Scarface "as a Cuban drug gangster.
Years later, he would reveal to interviewer Barbara Walters that Tony Montana represented the best work of his career.
Pacino worked on his most personal project, "The Local Stigmatic", a 1969 Off Broadway play in which he starred, which he remounted with director David Wheeler and the Theater Company of Boston in a 1985 50-minute film version, which was screened in New York in March 1990. It was later released as part of the Pacino: An Actor's Vision boxset in 2007.
1985's "Revolution" was a commercial and critical failure, resulting in a four year hiatus from films, during which Pacino returned to the stage. He mounted workshop productions of "Crystal Clear", "National Anthems" and other plays; he appeared in "Julius Caesar" in 1988 in producer Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. Pacino remarked on his hiatus from film: 'I remember back when everything was happening, '74, '75, doing "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" on stage and reading that the reason I'd gone back to the stage was that my movie career was waning! That's been the kind of ethos, the way in which theater's perceived, unfortunately.' Pacino returned to films in 1989's "Sea of Love".
His greatest stage success of the decade was David Mamet's "American Buffalo," for which Pacino was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
Pacino received an Oscar nomination as Big Boy Caprice in the box office hit "Dick Tracy" (1990) followed by a return to arguably his most famous character, Michael Corleone, in "The Godfather Part III" (1990). In 1991, Al Pacino starred in "Frankie and Johnny" with Michelle Pfeiffer, who also co-starred with Pacino in Scarface. He would finally win an Oscar for Best Actor, for his portrayal of the depressed, irascible, and retired blind Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman" (1992). That very year, he was also nominated for the supporting actor award for "Glengarry Glen Ross", making Pacino the first male actor ever to receive two acting nominations for two different movies in the same year, and to win for the lead role (as did Jamie Foxx in 2005).
During that same year, Pacino was offered to voice Batman villain Two-Face in the hugely successful Batman The Animated Series but turned down the role. Pacino has since turned acclaimed performances in such crime dramas as "Carlito's Way" (1993), "Donnie Brasco" (1997), the multi-Oscar nominated "The Insider" (1999) and "Insomnia" (2002).
In 1995, Pacino starred in Michael Mann's "Heat", in which he and fellow film icon Robert De Niro appeared onscreen together for the first time. (Though both Pacino and De Niro starred in "The Godfather Part II", they did not share any scenes. The pairing drew much attention as the two actors have long been compared). In 1996, Pacino starred in his theatrical feature "Looking for Richard", and was lauded for his role as Satan in the supernatural drama "The Devil's Advocate" in 1997. Pacino also starred in Oliver Stone's critically acclaimed "Any Given Sunday" playing the team coach. The speech he performs in the film has become known world-wide as 'the Al Pacino Speech' which is used to inspire many (mainly sportsmen/women) around the world.
Pacino has not received another nomination from the Academy since "Scent of a Woman", but has won two Golden Globes since 2000, the first being the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures, and the second for his role in the highly praised HBO miniseries "Angels in America".
Pacino has turned down several key roles in his career, including that of Han Solo in "Star Wars", Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas, Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, Ted Kramer in Kramer Vs. Kramer, Paul Sheldon in Misery, Captain Willard in "Apocalypse Now" , Richard Sherman in a never-filmed remake of "The Seven Year Itch", and Edward Lewis in "Pretty Woman". In 1996, Pacino was slated to play General Manuel Noriega in a major biographical motion picture when director Oliver Stone pulled the plug on production to focus on his movie "Nixon". Pacino's greatest stage successes of the decade were in revivals of Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie" and Oscar Wilde's "Salome."
Pacino recently turned down an offer to reprise his role as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather: The Game", ostensibly because his voice had changed dramatically since playing Michael in the first two Godfather films. As a result, Electronic Arts was not permitted to use Pacino's likeness or voice in the game, although his character does appear in it. It is rumored Pacino actually declined the role due to a conflict with Electronic Arts' rival, Vivendi Universal, which launched a competing game adaptation of the 1983 remake of "Scarface", titled "Scarface: The World is Yours". However, Pacino did not voice his character in this game for the same given reason. But Pacino did allow his likeness to be used for the game and even suggested the person who voices Tony Montana in the game. Also in the beginning of the Scarface game the words 'Say Hello to my Little Friend' and 'You horse' also others as well were taken from the movie because it sounds like Pacino's voice.
Pacino starred as lawyer Roy Cohn in the 2003 HBO miniseries of Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America".
Pacino still acts on stage and has dabbled in film directing. While "The Local Stigmatic" remains unreleased, his film festival-screened "Chinese Coffee" has earned good notices. On the "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains", he is only the second actor to appear on both lists: on the 'heroes list' as Frank Serpico and on the 'villains list' as Michael Corleone.
On October 20, 2006, the American Film Institute named Pacino the recipient of the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award. On November 22, 2006, the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin awarded Pacino the Honorary Patronage of the Society.
With his box office earnings relatively modest of late, Pacino looks to be gearing up with several new projects. He starred in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen" alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Andy Garcia as the villain Willy Bank, a casino tycoon who is targeted out of revenge by Danny Ocean and his crew.
On June 19, 2007, a boxset titled Pacino: An Actor's Vision was released, containing 3 rare Al Pacino films: The Local Stigmatic (Disc 1), Looking For Richard (Disc 2) and Chinese Coffee (Disc 3), and also a documentary on Pacino's entire film career, Babbleonia (Disc 4).
Al Pacino's latest film "88 Minutes" is released this year. Next scheduled for release is "Righteous Kill" where he will be teamed with his "Heat" co-star Robert De Niro as two New York detectives searching for a serial killer while resolving issues between them. In "Rififi", a remake of the 1955 French original based on the novel by Auguste Le Breton, Pacino plays a career thief just out of prison who finds his wife has left him; in his anger, he starts planning a heist. Also Pacino is set to play surrealist Salvador Dalí in the film "Dali & I: The Surreal Story".
Pacino played Dr. Jack Kevorkian in an HBO Films biopic entitled You Don't Know Jack, which premiered April 2010. The film is about the life and work of the physician-assisted suicide advocate. The performance earned Pacino his second Emmy Award for lead actor and his fourth Golden Globe award.
It was announced in May 2011 that Pacino was to be honored with the "Glory to the Film-maker" award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The award was presented ahead of the premiere of his film Wilde Salome, the third film Pacino has directed. Pacino, who plays the role of Herod in the film, describes it as his "most personal project ever".
The United States premiere of Wilde Salomé took place on the evening of March 21, 2012, before a full house at the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre in San Francisco's Castro District. Marking the 130th anniversary of Oscar Wilde's visit to San Francisco, the event was a benefit for the GLBT Historical Society.
Pacino has most recently starred in a 2013 biographical picture about record producer Phil Spector's murder trial, titled Phil Spector.
Pacino and Robert De Niro are reportedly set to star in the upcoming project The Irishman, that will be directed by Martin Scorsese and co-star Joe Pesci. It was announced in January 2013 that Pacino will play the late former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno in the movie tentatively titled Happy Valley and based on a 2012 biography of Paterno by sportswriter Joe Posnanski.
Although he has never married, Pacino has three children. The eldest, Julie Marie (born 1989), is his daughter with acting coach Jan Tarrant. He also has twins, son Anton James and daughter Olivia Rose (born 2001), with actress Beverly D'Angelo, with whom he had a relationship from 1996 until 2003. Pacino had a relationship with Diane Keaton, his co-star in the Godfather trilogy. The on-again, off-again relationship ended following the filming of The Godfather Part III. He has also had relationships with Tuesday Weld, Jill Clayburgh, Marthe Keller, Kathleen Quinlan and Lyndall Hobbs.
The Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien against Pacino, claiming he owes the government a total of $188,000 for 2008 and 2009. A representative for Pacino blamed his former business manager Kenneth Starr for the discrepancy.<< Less Bio
|2013||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Phil Spector (2013) (TV).||Nominated|
|2013||Golden Camera, Germany||International||Won|
|2012||Dublin International Film Festival||For his outstanding contribution to film||Won|
|2012||Razzie Awards||Worst Screen Couple||Jack and Jill (2011/I).||Won|
|2011||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television||You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV).||Won|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries||You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV).||Won|
|2011||Venice Film Festival||Wilde Salome (2011).||Won|
|2010||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV).||Won|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV).||Won|
|2009||Razzie Awards||Worst Actor||88 Minutes (2007) and Righteous Kill (2008).||Nominated|
|2007||American Film Institute, USA||Won|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Villain||Ocean's Thirteen (2007).||Nominated|
|2005||American Cinematheque Gala Tribute||Won|
|2004||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||"Angels in America" (2003).||Nominated|
|2004||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television||"Angels in America" (2003).||Won|
|2004||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||"Angels in America" (2003).||Won|
|2004||Razzie Awards||Worst Supporting Actor||Gigli (2003).||Nominated|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries||"Angels in America" (2003).||Won|
|2004||Television Critics Association Awards||Individual Achievement in Drama||"Angels in America" (2003).||Nominated|
|2003||London Critics Circle Film Awards||Actor of the Year||Insomnia (2002).||Nominated|
|2001||Golden Globes, USA||Won|
|2000||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Actor - Drama||Any Given Sunday (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||Film Society of Lincoln Center||Won|
|2000||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama||The Insider (1999).||Nominated|
|1998||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actor||Donnie Brasco (1997).||Nominated|
|1998||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Donnie Brasco (1997).||Nominated|
|1998||MTV Movie Awards||Best Villain||The Devil's Advocate (1997).||Nominated|
|1998||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Actor||The Devil's Advocate (1997).||Nominated|
|1997||Directors Guild of America, USA||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary||Looking for Richard (1996).||Won|
|1997||Independent Spirit Awards||Looking for Richard (1996).||Nominated|
|1997||Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Donnie Brasco (1997).||Won|
|1996||San Sebastián International Film Festival||Won|
|1994||David di Donatello Awards||Best Foreign Actor||Carlito's Way (1993).||Nominated|
|1994||Venice Film Festival||Won|
|1993||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Scent of a Woman (1992).||Won|
|1993||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Scent of a Woman (1992).||Nominated|
|1993||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Scent of a Woman (1992).||Won|
|1992||Boston Film Festival||Won|
|1992||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Scent of a Woman (1992).||3rd place|
|1992||Valladolid International Film Festival||Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).||Won|
|1991||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Supporting Actor||Dick Tracy (1990).||3rd place|
|1991||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Supporting Actor||Dick Tracy (1990).||Nominated|
|1991||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Dick Tracy (1990).||Nominated|
|1991||BAFTA Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Dick Tracy (1990).||Nominated|
|1991||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||The Godfather: Part III (1990).||Nominated|
|1991||American Comedy Awards, USA||Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Dick Tracy (1990).||Won|
|1991||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Dick Tracy (1990).||Nominated|
|1990||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Sea of Love (1989).||Nominated|
|1986||Razzie Awards||Worst Actor||Revolution (1985).||Nominated|
|1984||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Scarface (1983).||Nominated|
|1983||Golden Globes, USA||Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical||Author! Author! (1982).||Nominated|
|1980||Golden Globes, USA||Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama||...And Justice for All. (1979).||Nominated|
|1980||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||...And Justice for All. (1979).||Nominated|
|1980||Karlovy Vary International Film Festival||...And Justice for All. (1979).||Won|
|1978||Golden Globes, USA||Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama||Bobby Deerfield (1977).||Nominated|
|1977||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||Nominated|
|1976||Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Dog Day Afternoon (1975).||Won|
|1976||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||Nominated|
|1976||Golden Globes, USA||Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama||Dog Day Afternoon (1975).||Nominated|
|1976||BAFTA Awards||Best Actor||Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).||Won|
|1976||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Dog Day Afternoon (1975).||Nominated|
|1975||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||The Godfather: Part II (1974).||Nominated|
|1975||Golden Apple Awards||Male Star of the Year||Nominated|
|1975||San Sebastián International Film Festival||Best Actor||Dog Day Afternoon (1975).||Won|
|1975||BAFTA Awards||Best Actor||Serpico (1973).||Nominated|
|1975||Golden Globes, USA||Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama||The Godfather: Part II (1974).||Nominated|
|1975||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Dog Day Afternoon (1975).||2nd place|
|1975||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Dog Day Afternoon (1975).||Won|
|1975||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||Nominated|
|1974||Golden Globes, USA||Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama||Serpico (1973).||Won|
|1974||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Serpico (1973).||Nominated|
|1974||David di Donatello Awards||Best Foreign Actor||Serpico (1973).||Won|
|1974||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Serpico (1973).||2nd place|
|1973||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||The Godfather (1972).||Nominated|
|1973||National Board of Review, USA||Best Actor||Serpico (1973).||Won|
|1973||BAFTA Awards||Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles||The Godfather (1972).||Nominated|
|1973||David di Donatello Awards||The Godfather (1972).||Won|
|1973||Golden Globes, USA||Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama||The Godfather (1972).||Nominated|
|1973||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Actor||The Godfather (1972).||Won|
|1972||National Board of Review, USA||Best Supporting Actor||The Godfather (1972).||Won|
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