Al Pacino

Al Pacino

|American
date of birth : 25/04/1940 | date of death :
Born 25 April 1940, New York City, New York, U.S., actor, director, screenwriter and producer, Pacino has received numerous lifetime achievement awards, including one from the American Film Institute and he is well known for playing mobsters, including Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on the other side of the law—as a police officer, a detective and lawyer.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Al Pacino was born 25 April 1940 in New York City, New York, U.S.

Father's name: Salvatore Pacino
Mother's name: Rose Pacino
Brother: -
Sister: Roberta Pacino/ Josette Pacino/ Desiree Pacino/ Paula Pacino
Spouse: single
Children: Julie Marie /Anton James/ Olivia Rose

Reputation, fame, nickname:

Sonny

Personal Information:

Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Life events:

Earlylife and career

Alfredo James Pacino was born into a family of Italian immigrants in East Harlem, New York City, shortly after his grandparents had just emigrated to the States from Sicily. He began smoking at age nine, and drinking, and took up casual marijuana use at age thirteen, but never used hard drugs. His two closest friends died from drug abuse at the ages of 19 and 30. Growing up in The Bronx, he got into occasional fights and was considered something of a troublemaker at school. He began studying the art form at the Herbert Berghof Studio, and soon began landing parts in theatre productions, including Out There in 1963. Several years later, in 1969, Pacino performed in the Broadway play Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?—for which he received a Tony Award—as well as Me, Natalie, a coming-of-age film about a young woman living in New York City. In 1969 Pacino debuted on screen in Me, Natalie. But he felt awkward away from the stage and had such a bad experience that he did not return to film for a couple of years. Pacino starred as Michael in The Godfather, an American gangster film that was released in 1972. The film received wide critical acclaim, winning three Academy Awards. He went on to star in such films as Serpico (1973) and Dog Day Afternoon(1975), and received three consecutive Academy award nominations for best actor in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Pacino's career turned south with the controversial Cruising, a look at the gay netherworld, in 1980, and Author! Author! in 1982. 1983's Scarface met with some criticism, partially for Pacino's Cuban accent and incessant cursing, but it would later become a cult classic. Revolution - an epic war movie on the Revolutionary War released in 1985 - has been called by some critics the worst film of all time. Pacino was in the starring role. Revolution had a cursed shoot full of rewrites, Pacino became sick with pneumonia, and upon release the film was savagely attacked by critics. They were Pacino's first truly awful reviews, and he was criticized again for his accent. He stayed out of Hollywood for the next several years. Pacino resumed his movie acting career in 1989, with 'Sea of Love', playing opposite Ellen Barkin. He then received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Big Boy Caprice in the high-earning movie, 'Dick Tracy' in 1990. Academy Award success eluded him, however, until 1992, when he finally, and most deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the depressed, bad-tempered and suicidal blind Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in 'Scent Of A Woman'. The same year, he was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'Glengarry Glen Ross'. This astonishing achievement made him the first male actor ever to receive two such nominations for two different films in the same year. At the turn of the century, Pacino turned 60. Despite having dozens of film appearances under his belt by that time, his career didn't slow down. In 2002, he starred as a homicide detective alongside Robin Williams in Insomnia. Pacino fared better at the box and in the press with Michael Radford's December 2004 Merchant of Venice but dodged critical bullets with the D.J. Caruso-helmed 2005 gambling drama Two for the Money. Circa 2006, Pacino starred as Jack Gramm in 88 Minutes, the gripping tale of a college prof who moonlights as a forensics expert for the feds. 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. Pacino received public and critical acclaim—including an Emmy Award and Golden Globe—for his role as Dr.Jack Kevorkian, an assisted-suicide advocate, in the 2010 TV movie You Don’t Know Jack.

Personal life

In his private life, Pacino has remained a lifelong bachelor, and is noted for his various high-profile love affairs. He had a long relationship with actress Diane Keaton, a brief liaison with Australian actress Linda Hobbs, and an even briefer one with Penelope Anne Miller, with whom he starred in 'Carlito’s Way'. Then he appeared to settle down for a while with fellow actress Beverly D’Angelo (of National Lampoon fame), and the tabloids buzzed with rumours that maybe Beverly was Ms Right for Pacino. The couple conceived twins via IVF treatment, and Beverly gave birth to a son and a daughter, called Anton and Olivia, in the year 2001. But the next year, the relationship broke down, amid much unpleasantness and acrimony. (She wanted to move to L.A. with the two children, and Pacino was totally opposed to the idea). The break-up garnered Pacino many, many gossip column inches in the press, and served to underline his unwavering status as a bachelor. For despite the fact that Pacino has fathered three children (he also has a daughter, Julie Marie, whose mother is his former acting coach, Jan Tarrant), he has never married.

Occupations and Career:

The brooding, dynamic movie star who specializes in playing antiheroes began in the New York theatre and has returned much more often than most film stars of his stature. A native New Yorker, he briefly attended the High School of the Performing Arts before studying at the Herbert Berghof Studio and at the Actors Studio, then made a provocative debut Off Broadway in 1968 as the drunk prankster Murph in The Indian Wants the Bronx. He was further praised the next year for his Broadway performance as the drug addict Bickham in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969). Pacino's film career began in 1971, but he managed to find time for such riveting stage performances as the boxing champ Kilroy in Camino Real (1970); the gullible, doomed recruit Hummel in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1977); a fierce Richard III (1979); the small‐time crook Walter Cole with a big‐time ego in American Buffalo (1981); the talkative salesman Erie Smith in Hughie (1996); and the Hitler‐like gangster Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2002).

Awards /Honors:

Academy Awards, USA:

  • 1993

Won Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Leading Role for Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • 1993

Got nomination for Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  • 1991

Got nomination for Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Dick Tracy (1990)
  • 1980

Got nomination for Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Leading Role for ...And Justice for All (1979)
  • 1976

Got nomination for Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Leading Role for Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • 1975

Got nomination for Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • 1974

Got nomination for Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Leading Role for Serpico (1973)
  • 1973

Got nomination for Oscar

  • category Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Godfather (1972)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA:

  • 1998

Got nomination for Saturn Award

  • category Best Actor for The Devil's Advocate (1997)
  • 1991

Got nomination for Saturn Award

  • category Best Supporting Actor for Dick Tracy (1990)

American Cinematheque Gala Tribute

  • 2005

Won American Cinematheque Award

BAFTA Awards:

  • 1991

Got nomination for BAFTA Film Award

  • category Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Dick Tracy (1990)
  • 1976

Won BAFTA Film Award

  • category Best Actor for Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • 1976

Won BAFTA Film Award

  • category Best Actor for The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • 1975

Got nomination for BAFTA Film Award

  • category Best Actor for Serpico (1973)
  • 1973

Got nomination for BAFTA Film Award

  • category Best Newcomer for The Godfather (1972)

Film Society of Lincoln Center

  • 2000

Won Film Society of Lincoln Gala Tribute

Golden Globes, USA:

  • 2011

Won Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV Movie)
  • 2004

Won Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Angels in America (2003) (mini)
  • 2001

Won Cecil B. DeMille Award

  • 1993

Won Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • 1993

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  • 1991

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  • 1991

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Dick Tracy (1990)
  • 1990

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Sea of Love (1989)
  • 1984

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Scarface (1983)
  • 1983

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Author! Author! (1982)
  • 1980

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for ...And Justice for All (1979)
  • 1978

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for Bobby Deerfield (1977)
  • 1976

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • 1975

Got nomination for Golden Globe

  • category Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • 1974

Won Golden Globe

  • category Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for Serpico (1973)
  • 1973

Got nomination for Golden Globe category Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for The Godfather (1972)

Golden Satellite Awards:

  • 2004

Got nomination for Golden Satellite Award

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Angels in America (2003) (mini)
  • 2000

Got nomination for Golden Satellite Award

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Insider (1999)

Razzie Awards:

  • 2012

Won Razzie Award

  • category Worst Supporting Actor for Jack and Jill (2011)
  • 2009

Got nomination for Razzie Award

  • category Worst Actor for 88 Minutes (2008), Righteous Kill (2008)
  • 2004

Got nomination for Razzie Award

  • category Worst Supporting Actor for Gigli (2003)
  • 1986

Got nomination for Razzie Award

  • category Worst Actor for Revolution (1985)

Tony Awards:

  • 2011

Got nomination for Tony Award

  • category Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for "The Merchant of Venice"
  • 1977

Won Tony Award

  • category Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
  • 1969

Won Tony Award

  • category Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) for "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?"

Works:

FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR

  • Phil Spector (24-Mar-2013) • Phil Spector
  • Stand Up Guys (11-Oct-2012)
  • Jack and Jill (11-Nov-2011) • Himself
  • The Son of No One (9-Jul-2011)
  • You Don't Know Jack (14-Apr-2010)
  • I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (16-Jan-2009) • Himself
  • Righteous Kill (11-Sep-2008)
  • Ocean's Thirteen (24-May-2007)
  • 88 Minutes (2007)
  • Two for the Money (7-Oct-2005)
  • The Merchant of Venice (3-Sep-2004) • Shylock
  • Angels in America (7-Dec-2003)
  • Gigli (27-Jul-2003) • Starkman
  • The Recruit (25-Jan-2003) • Walter Burke
  • People I Know (11-Oct-2002) • Eli Wurman
  • S1m0ne (23-Aug-2002) • Viktor Taransky
  • Insomnia (3-May-2002) • Will Dormer
  • America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) • Himself
  • Chinese Coffee (2-Sep-2000)
  • Any Given Sunday (16-Dec-1999)
  • The Insider (5-Nov-1999)
  • The Devil's Advocate (17-Oct-1997)
  • Donnie Brasco (28-Feb-1997) • Lefty
  • Looking for Richard (5-Jul-1996) • Himself
  • City Hall (16-Feb-1996) • Mayor John Pappas
  • Heat (15-Dec-1995) • Vincent Hanna
  • Two Bits (22-Nov-1995) • Grandpa
  • Carlito's Way (10-Nov-1993) • Carlito
  • Scent of a Woman (23-Dec-1992) • Lt. Col. Frank Slade
  • Glengarry Glen Ross (29-Sep-1992) • Ricky Roma
  • Frankie and Johnny (11-Oct-1991) • Johnny
  • The Godfather: Part III (25-Dec-1990)
  • Dick Tracy (15-Jun-1990) • Big Boy Caprice
  • The Local Stigmatic (Mar-1990)
  • Sea of Love (15-Sep-1989) • Frank Keller
  • Revolution (25-Dec-1985)
  • Scarface (9-Dec-1983) • Tony Montana
  • Author! Author! (18-Jun-1982) • Travalian
  • Cruising (8-Feb-1980) • Steve Burns
  • ...And Justice For All (19-Oct-1979) • Arthur Kirkland
  • Bobby Deerfield (17-Sep-1977) • Bobby
  • Dog Day Afternoon (21-Sep-1975) • Sonny
  • The Godfather: Part II (12-Dec-1974)
  • Serpico (5-Dec-1973) • Serpico
  • Scarecrow (31-Aug-1973) • Francis Lionel Delbuchi
  • The Godfather (15-Mar-1972) • Michael Corleone
  • The Panic in Needle Park (13-Jul-1971) • Bobby
  • Me, Natalie (13-Jul-1969)

FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR

  • Salomé (2013)
  • Wilde Salomé (Documentary) (2011)
  • Chinese Coffee (2000)
  • Looking for Richard (Documentary) (1996)

Quotes and Memoirs:

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.
My weaknesses... I wish I could come up with something. I'd probably have the same pause if you asked me what my strengths are. Maybe they're the same thing.
I'm an actor, not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools.
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. You get your full dose with me.
I'm so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go.
My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.
Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them. That's how I saw myself, in comedy.
It would be hard to play a character you don't like - for me anyway - or can't find something in them to like.
There are a lot of roles in Shakespeare, basically. If I feel that the script is a movie, I would be interested in doing any role of Shakespeare's.
When I was a younger actor, I would try to keep it serious all day. But I have found, later on, that the lighter I am about things when I'm going to do a big scene that's dramatic and takes a lot out of you, the better off I am when I come to it.

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