Alfredo James Pacino (/ p ə ˈ tʃ iː n oʊ /; Italian: [paˈtʃiːno]; born April 25, 1940) is an American actor and filmmaker.In a career spanning over five decades, he has received many awards and nominations, including an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards.
So much so, that he negotiated with his alma mater NYU in order to get his degree 14 years after he dropped out of school. Impressively, he managed to get Al Pacino to help him sure up his graduation.
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Alfredo James "Al" 'Pacino established himself as a film actor during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. He was born April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to Italian-American parents, Rose (nee Gerardi) and Sal Pacino.
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Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an Italian-American family. His parents, Rose (Gerardi) and Sal Pacino, divorced when he was young. His mother moved them into his grandparents' house. Pacino found himself often repeating the plots and voices of characters he had seen in the movies, one of his favorite activities. Bored and unmotivated in school, the young Al Pacino found a haven in school plays, and his interest soon blossomed into a full-time career. Starting on the stage, he went through a lengthy period of depression and poverty, sometimes having to borrow bus fare to succeed to auditions. He made it into the prestigious Actors Studio in 1966, studying under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg, creator of the Method Approach that would become the trademark of many 1970s-era actors.
After appearing in a string of plays in supporting roles, Pacino finally succeeded with Israel Horovitz's \\"The Indian Wants the Bronx\\", winning an Obie Award for the 1966-67 season. That was followed by a Tony Award for \\"Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?\\". His first feature films made little departure from the gritty realistic stage performances that earned him respect: he played a drug addict in The Panic in Needle Park (1971) after his film debut in Me, Natalie (1969). What came next would change his life forever. The role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) was one of the most sought-after of the time: Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Ryan O'Neal, Robert De Niro and a host of others either wanted it or were mentioned for it, but director Francis Ford Coppola had his heart set on the unknown Italian Pacino for the role, although pretty much everyone else--from the studio to the producers to some of the cast members--did not want him. With his intense and gritty performances, Pacino was an original in the acting profession. His Method approach would become the process of many actors throughout time, and his unbeatable number of classic roles has already made him a legend among film buffs and all aspiring actors and directors. His commitment to acting as a profession and his constant screen dominance has established him as one of the movies' true legends.
Pacino took on another vicious gangster role and cemented his legendary status in the ultra-violent cult film Scarface (1983), but a monumental mistake was about to follow. Revolution (1985) endured an endless and seemingly cursed shoot in which equipment was destroyed, weather was terrible, and Pacino became terribly sick with pneumonia. Constant changes in the script also further derailed a project that seemed doomed from the start anyway. The Revolutionary War film is considered one of the worst films ever, not to mention one of the worst of his career, resulted in his first truly awful reviews and kept him off the screen for the next four years. Returning to the stage, Pacino has done much to give back and contribute to the theatre, which he considers his first love. He directed a film, The Local Stigmatic (1990), but it remains unreleased. He lifted his self-imposed exile with the striking Sea of Love (1989) as a hard-drinking policeman. This marked the second phase of Pacino's career, being the first to feature his now famous dark, owl eyes and hoarse, gravelly voice.
In the 2000s, Pacino starred in a number of theatrical blockbusters, including Ocean's Thirteen (2007), but his choice in television roles (the vicious Roy Cohn in the HBO miniseries Angels in America (2003) and his sensitive portrayal of Jack Kevorkian, in the television movie You Don't Know Jack (2010)) are reminiscent of the bolder choices of his early career. Each television project garnered him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In his personal life, Pacino is one of Hollywood's most enduring and notorious bachelors, having never been married. He has a daughter, Julie Marie, with acting teacher Jan Tarrant, and a set of twins with former longtime girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo. His romantic history includes Veruschka von Lehndorff, Jill Clayburgh, Debra Winger, Tuesday Weld, Marthe Keller, Carmen Cervera, Kathleen Quinlan, Lyndall Hobbs, Penelope Ann Miller, and a two-decade intermittent relationship with \\"Godfather\\" co-star Diane Keaton. He currently lives with Argentinian actress Lucila Solá, who is 36 years his junior.
Al Pacino, in full Alfredo James Pacino, (born April 25, 1940, New York, New York, U.S.), American actor best known for his intense, explosive acting style.
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- 'The Godfather' But it would be Pacino’s performance in a little-known 1971 movie called The Panic in Needle Park that would set his career on a path to new heights.
- More Acclaim With 'Serpico' In the wake of The Godfather’s success, Pacino quickly became a sought-after leading man. Following a co-starring role with Gene Hackman in Scarecrow (1973), Pacino starred in three successive hit films, each of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
- 'The Godfather: Part II,' 'Dog Day Afternoon' That same year, he appeared again as Corleone in The Godfather: Part II, which also starred Robert De Niro and received as many accolades as its predecessor.
- 'Scarface' Given his dazzling success during the 1970s, Pacino’s film-acting career experienced a relative lull in the decade that followed. With the exception of his role as crazed drug dealer Tony Montana in the Brian De Palma–directed hit Scarface (1983), Pacino’s other films from this era were significantly less successful and his roles less memorable.
Oct 25, 2019 · HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 24: Al Pacino and Meital Dohan attend the Premiere of Netflix's "The Irishman" at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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Oct 16, 2020 · Alfredo James Pacino, better known as Al Pacino, is undoubtedly an icon of our times. He's spent more than 50 years as an actor and is the face for many legendary movies including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Dick Tracy, and The Irishman.
Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III." Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball. Votes: 7,849 | Gross: $1.36M
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