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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, superintendent, mail room worker, usher, delivery boy, porter

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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.
 Happy Valley (2018)
2.
 Irishman, The (2018)
3.
 Dabka (2017)
4.
 Hangman (2017)
5.
 Beyond Deceit (2016)
6.
 Danny Collins (2015)
7.
8.
 Humbling, The (2014)
9.
 Manglehorn (2014)
10.
 Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

1967:
Acted in "America Hurrah" and "Awake and Sing" at Charles Playhouse in Boston, MA
1972:
Joined David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company for production of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
1973:
Reteamed with Schatzberg for "Scarecrow" opposite Gene Hackman
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
1985:
Miscast in Hugh Hudson's Colonial drama "Revolution"
1988:
Starred in "Julius Caesar" in a limited engagement at New York's Public Theater
1990:
Once again played Michael Corleone in Coppola's "The Godfather, Part III"
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
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"
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:
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")
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"
2014:
Played an actor whose mind is unraveling in Humbling
2016:
Appeared in "Misconduct"
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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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