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