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Al Pacino

Al Pacino
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Alfredo James Pacino

Nickname/Stage Name: Al Pacino 

Birth Date: April 25, 1940

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Occupation(s): Actor, Filmmaker

Years Active: 1967 till Present

Net Worth: $120 million

 

Personal Life

Al Pacino was born in the East Harlem neighbourhood in New York. He started smoking and drinking when he was nine years old and his two closest friends died from drug abuse.

He has never been married. He has three children; Julie Marie (born in 1989) and twins Anton James and Olivia Rose (born in 2001) with actress Beverly D'Angelo. His relationship with her lasted from 1996 to 2003.

Pacino dated his The Godfather co-star Diane Keaton and has also been romantically linked to Tuesday Weld, Jill Clayburgh, Marthe Keller, Kathleen Quinlan, and Lyndall Hobbs.

The actor had a ten-year relationship with Argentine movie star Lucila Polak (2008 to 2018).

Education

He attended Herman Ridder Junior High School but dropped out of most of his classes except English. He subsequently enrolled at the High School of Performing Arts.

Career

Pacino started his acting career in stage performances in 1967, with his movie role as a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park (1971) catching the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola who cast him as Michael Corleone in the blockbuster mafia film The Godfather (1972).

He co-starred in Scarecrow in 1973 and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Serpico (1973). He played a race driver in the 1977 film Bobby Deerfield.

The actor's career experienced a slump in the early 1980s, with his 1985 film Revolution becoming a critical and commercial failure.

In late 1990, he returned as Michael Corleone in The Godfather III and starred alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in Frankie and Johnny (1991).

He gave an award-worthy performance in the drama Scent of a Woman (1992) and played the character of Satan opposite Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron in The Devil's Advocate (1997).

Pacino portrayed a publicist in People I Know (2002) and had a supporting role in Ocean's Thirteen (2007). He starred alongside Robert De Niro in the crime drama Righteous Kill (2008).

He was seen in Quentin Tarantino's 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. He also had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's movie The Irishman (2019).

Awards

Obie Award (1968)

Tony Award (1969, 1977)

Theatre World Award (1969)

Drama Desk Award (1969, 1977)

National Board of Review Award (1972, 1973)

National Society of Film Critics Award (1973)

David di Donatello Award (1973, 1974)

Golden Globe Award (1974, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2011)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (1975)

San Sebastian International Film Festival Award (1975)

BAFTA Award (1976)

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award (1976)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award (1980)

American Comedy Award (1991)

Valladolid International Film Festival Award (1992)

Academy Award (1993)

Directors Guild Award (1997)

Boston Society of Film Critic Award (1997)

Screen Actors Guild Award (2004, 2011)

Primetime Emmy Award (2004, 2010)

Satellite Award (2010)

Golden Raspberry Award (2011)

Hollywood Film Award (2019)

Quotes

"The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I'm talking about."

"I can't say I've ever been sober. I don't like that word."

"Did you say I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them."

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

Trivia

Stopped his two-pack-a-day smoking habit to protect his voice.

Is one of the few Hollywood veterans who have never married.

Is an avid fan of William Shakespeare.

He was voted the 41st Greatest Movie Star of all Time by Entertainment Weekly.

Movies

The Panic in the Needle Park (1971)

The Godfather  (1972)

Serpico (1973)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Cruising (1980)

Scarface (1983)

Sea of Love (1989)

The Godfather Part III (1990)

Scent of a Woman (1992)

Heat (1995)

Donnie Brasco (1997)

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Simone (2002)

88 Minutes (2007)

You Don't Know Jack (2010)

Misconduct (2016)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2018)

The Irishman (2019)

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