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Also Known As: Alfredo James Pacino Died:
Born: April 25, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: East Harlem, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, writer, mail room worker, porter, superintendent, delivery boy, usher

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Arguably the greatest and most accomplished actor of his generation, Al Pacino became a cultural icon thanks to revered performances in a wide range of classic films, including "The Godfather" (1972), "Scarface" (1983) and "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992). Coming to prominence during the 1970s - a period commonly regarded as Hollywood's last Golden Age - he possessed none of the classic features of leading men from Tinseltown's previous heyday, but nonetheless, enthralled audiences with absorbing performances on screens both large and small. As a Method actor, Pacino revealed the dark complexities of characters like Frank Serpico, Sonny Wortzik and Colonel Frank Slade. But in life, the actor remained an elusive figure, preferring to avoid disclosing anything of a personal nature. Despite such reluctance to open up about his life, Pacino maintained a long, prominent career in which he accomplished acting's rarest of feats - winning Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards.

Arguably the greatest and most accomplished actor of his generation, Al Pacino became a cultural icon thanks to revered performances in a wide range of classic films, including "The Godfather" (1972), "Scarface" (1983) and "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992). Coming to prominence during the 1970s - a period commonly regarded as Hollywood's last Golden Age - he possessed none of the classic features of leading men from Tinseltown's previous heyday, but nonetheless, enthralled audiences with absorbing performances on screens both large and small. As a Method actor, Pacino revealed the dark complexities of characters like Frank Serpico, Sonny Wortzik and Colonel Frank Slade. But in life, the actor remained an elusive figure, preferring to avoid disclosing anything of a personal nature. Despite such reluctance to open up about his life, Pacino maintained a long, prominent career in which he accomplished acting's rarest of feats - winning Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Salomé (2013)
2.
  Chinese Coffee (2000) Director
3.
  Looking for Richard (1996) Director
4.
  Local Stigmatic, The (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Humbling, The (2014)
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3.
 Despicable Me 2 (2013)
4.
 Salomé (2013)
5.
 Casting By (2013)
6.
 Phil Spector (2013)
7.
 Stand Up Guys (2012)
8.
9.
 Jack and Jill (2011)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Manhattan's East Harlem
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Raised in NYC's South Bronx, living with mother in her Sicilian parents' home after father left them
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Worked in mail room at <i>Commentary</i> magazine
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Made off-off Broadway debut at Caffe Cino in "Hello Out There"; directed by best friend Charlie Laughton
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Worked as an actor at New York's Cafe La Mama and Living Theatre; also worked as a comedy writer
1966:
Appeared in New Theatre Workshop presentation of "The Peace Creeps"
1967:
Acted in "America Hurrah" and "Awake and Sing" at Charles Playhouse in Boston, MA
1968:
Made off-Broadway debut in one-act play "The Indian Wants the Bronx," written by Israel Horovitz and co-starring John Cazale
1969:
Broadway debut, "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?"; received first Tony Award
1969:
Made feature acting debut in "Me, Natalie"
1970:
Directed first stage production (also acted), "Rats" at Charles Playhouse in Boston; written by Horovitz
1971:
First leading role in a film, "Panic in Needle Park"; directed by Jerry Schatzberg
1972:
Joined David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company for production of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
1972:
Earned first Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"; Cazale played older brother Fredo
1973:
Earned First Best Actor Oscar nomination for role in Sidney Lumet's "Serpico"
1973:
Reteamed with Schatzberg for "Scarecrow" opposite Gene Hackman
1974:
Reprised role of Michael Corleone for Coppola's very successful sequel "The Godfather, Part II"; earned second Academy Award nomination as Best Actor
1975:
Earned third Best Actor Oscar nomination for Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon"; film re-teamed him with Cazale as bank robbers
1977:
Reprised role in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" for Broadway production; won second Tony Award
1979:
Received fourth Best Actor Oscar nomination, playing a crusading lawyer in "¿And Justice for All"
1979:
Performed title role in "Richard III" for a record run on Broadway
1980:
Portrayed Walter Cole in David Mamet's "American Buffalo" in off-Broadway and Broadway productions; also toured U.S. and England
1982:
Starred as a playwright in romantic comedy "Author! Author!" written by Israel Horovitz
1983:
Portrayed Cuban drug kingpin Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's remake of "Scarface"; film scripted by Oliver Stone
1985:
Miscast in Hugh Hudson's Colonial drama "Revolution"
1988:
Starred in "Julius Caesar" in a limited engagement at New York's Public Theater
1989:
Returned to films after a four-year absence in Harold Becker's "Sea of Love," playing a dectective investigating a murder
1990:
Feature co-directing (with David Wheeler) and producing debut, "The Local Stigmatic," a 52-minute film shot in 16mm; screened at Museum of Modern Art in NYC
1990:
Earned Best Supporting Actor nomination for role as Big Boy Caprice in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"
1990:
Once again played Michael Corleone in Coppola's "The Godfather, Part III"
1992:
Won first Best Actor Academy Award for role as a blind veteran in Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman"
1992:
Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "Glengarry Glen Ross"; adapted from Mamet play and directed by James Foley
1993:
Reteamed with De Palma for "Carlito's Way"
1995:
Played a grandfather in Depression-era "Two Bits"; role was Pacino's tribute to his beloved grandfather who raised him
1995:
Portrayed a cop tracking criminal Robert De Niro in Michael Mann's "Heat"
1996:
Made feature directorial debut with quasi-documentary "Looking for Richard"; also co-wrote narration
1996:
Directed and starred in Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie"
1997:
Played a small-time mobster in Mike Newell's "Donnie Brasco"
1997:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
1997:
Delivered a delicious, pull-out-the-stops portrayal of a 1990s Satan in "The Devil's Advocate"
1999:
Starred as "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman in Mann's "The Insider"
1999:
Played an aging football coach in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"
2002:
Portrayed a sleep-deprived detective in "Insomnia"
2003:
Appeared as a manipulative CIA trainer in "The Recruit" opposite Colin Farrell
2003:
Played a press agent reportedly modeled after real-life flak Bobby Zarem in "People I Know"
2003:
Cast as Roy Cohn in HBO adaptation of "Angels in America," directed by Mike Nichols
2004:
Starred in "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespearean adaptation set in 16th century Venice
2005:
Cast as a sports bookie opposite Matthew McConaughey in "Two for the Money"
2006:
Portrayed King Herod Antipas in Oscar Wilde's "Salome" at Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
2007:
Joined cast of Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen" as a sleazy hotel and casino operator
2008:
Played a college professor and forensics expert hunted by a serial killer in "88 Minutes"
2008:
Again teamed with Robert De Niro as cops hunting down a serial killer in "Righteous Kill"
2010:
Portrayed Dr. Jack Kevorkian in Barry Levinson directed HBO film "You Don't Know Jack"; earned Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("You Don't Know Jack")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("You Don't Know Jack")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("You Don't Know Jack")
2010:
Returned to stage as Shylock in Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Merchant of Venice"; earned Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
2011:
Returned to features with "The Son of No One," co-starring Channing Tatum and Juliette Binoche
2011:
Played himself opposite Adam Sandler in critically panned "Jack and Jill"
2011:
Wrote, directed, and co-starred with Jessica Chastain in "Wilde Salome"
2012:
Co-starred with Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken as aging con men in crime comedy "Stand Up Guys"
2013:
Portrayed the legendary 1960s music producer in HBO movie "Phil Spector," directed by David Mamet
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Education

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts: New York , New York -
HB Studio: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York - 1966

Notes

"I am more alive in the theater than anywhere else, but what I take into the theater I get from the streets."---Al Pacino in The Hollywood Reporter Star Profiles, 1984.

"We used to play on a stoop in front of the local drug store on 173rd Street and Bryant Avenue [in the Bronx]. So nothing much has changed. The thing that struck me when I saw 'Scent of a Woman' was that when [Pacino] was 11 or 12 years old, he would always pretend to be a blind man. He used to walk down 174th Street, pretend he was blind and ask people to help him across the street. So it wasn't a surprise for me to see him get an Academy Award for a role he's been playing all his life."---Kenneth Lipper, neighborhood friend who grew up to be NYC Deputy Mayor under Ed Koch (and also co-screenwriter of "City Hall") quoted in The New York Times, October 7, 1996.

"Movies are wonderful. I love seeing them. But they're not as much fun to do for me. It's a very fragmented existence. You may only shoot a minute a day. There's a lot of waiting. But when you work on the stage, something can happen in your imagination that can affect the way you perform for the rest of your life. If you have a steady diet of that, you miss it.

About returning to film acting in 1989's "Sea of Love" after a four year absence: "There was a division in my life, especially when I was younger, that films were there [he points left] and I was there [he points right]. I needed to understand and appreciate film as a form, not just something that I was in. I had to get more intimate with it, get my hands on it. Making my own picture ("The Local Stigmatic") gave me that tactile sense. And I think that helped me go on"---Pacino quoted in Los Angeles Times, June 29, 1999.

"I knew I would [be an actor] for the rest of my life at age 22, when I was in a Strindberg play called 'The Creditors". It was at the Actor's Gallery in SoHo on West Broadway, and I had found that through this play I was able to express [myself], and it wasn't just performing for me anymore; it became a way of speaking, talking about things. And I thought this will always be a way to express [myself]."---Pacino toDaily News, October 24, 1999.

"... I'd like to be remembered as the only man who lived to be 250 years old! [Laughs.] And as someone who had a chance to do what he always wanted to do. I like to think I'm a guy who wasn't going to make it, and I did. So it's good to buck the odds. If that means anything to anyone, I will be grateful from the beyond."---Pacino on how he wants to be remembered to USA Weekend, January 26, 2003.

"I wasn't going through a particularly good time [during The Godfather]. I was very unhappy. For the first few weeks, they were thinking of firing me. And I couldn't understand why they didn't."---Al Pacino quoted to Premiere, December 2004/January 2005.

"One of the great things about acting is to suddenly be able to tell someone who has a chain saw at your face to shove it up his ass."---Al Pacino quoted to Premiere, December 2004/January 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jill Clayburgh. Actor. Met while both were acting at Charles Street Repertory Company in Boston c. 1966.
companion:
Marthe Keller. Actor. Co-starred together in "Bobby Deerfield".
companion:
Diane Keaton. Actor. Reportedly became involved in the early 1970s; rekindled relationship in the early 1980s.
companion:
Kathleen Quinlan. Actor. Together c. 1979-81.
companion:
Jan Tarrant. Acting teacher. Mother of Pacino's daughter Julie.
companion:
Lyndall Hobbs. TV newscaster. Born c. 1953 in London; Australian; has adopted son, Nick.
companion:
Penelope Ann Miller. Actor. Became involved during the filming of "Carlito's Way" (1993).
companion:
Beverly D'Angelo. Actor. Dating as of 1997; mother of Pacino's twin son and daughter.
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Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
James Gerardi. Maternal grandfather; helped to raise Pacino.
grandmother:
Kate Gerardi. Maternal grandmother; helped to raise Pacino.
father:
Salvatore Pacino. Insurance salesman. Was 18 years old when Pacino was born; left home when Pacino was two; later reconciled.
mother:
Rose Pacino. Died in 1962; her death and death of his maternal grandfather soon after devastated the young Pacino.
step-mother:
Katherine Kovin-Pacino.
half-sister:
Roberta Pacino. Twin of Paula.
half-sister:
Paula Pacino. Twin of Roberta.
daughter:
Julie Marie Pacino. Born in October 1989; mother, Jan Tarrant.
son:
Anton Pacino. Born on January 25, 2001; fraternal twin of Olivia; mother, Beverly D'Angelo.
daughter:
Olivia Pacino. Born on January 25, 2001; fraternal twin of Anton; mother, Beverly D'Angelo.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Al Pacino: A Life on the Wire"
"The Films of Al Pacino" Citadel Press

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