Al Pacino

Al Pacino

Apr. 25th, 1940
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 7"

Al Pacino's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Angels in America TV Show
Angels in America
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK) TV Show
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Casting By
2009 - I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
2008 - Righteous Kill
2007 - Ocean's Thirteen
2007 - 88 Minutes
2005 - Two for the Money
2003 - The Recruit
2003 - Gigli
2002 - S1m0ne
2002 - Insomnia
1999 - The Insider
1999 - Any Given Sunday
1997 - The Devil's Advocate
1997 - Donnie Brasco
1996 - Looking For Richard
1996 - City Hall
1995 - Heat
1995 - Two Bits
1993 - Carlito's Way
1992 - Glengarry Glen Ross
1992 - Scent of a Woman
1991 - Madonna: Truth or Dare
1991 - Frankie and Johnny
1990 - The Godfather: Part III
1990 - Dick Tracy
1989 - Sea of Love
1985 - Revolution
1983 - Scarface
1982 - Author! Author!
1980 - Cruising
1979 - ...And Justice for All.
1977 - Bobby Deerfield
1975 - Dog Day Afternoon
1974 - The Godfather: Part II
1973 - Serpico
1973 - Scarecrow
1972 - The Godfather
1971 - The Panic in Needle Park

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Interviewee (segment "Al Pacino")
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade
[Complete List]


One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, Pacino's parents (Salvatore and Rose) 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 make it 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 '70s-era actors. After appearing in a string of plays in supporting roles, he finally hit it big with "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 junkie 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 (I), 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 te cast members--didn't want him. Though Coppola won out through slick persuasion, Pacino was in constant fear of being fired during the hellish shoot. Much to his (and Coppola's) relief, the film was a monster hit that did wonders for everyone's career, including Pacino's, and earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Instead of taking on easier projects for the big money he could now command, however, Pacino threw his support behind what he considered tough but important films, such as the true-life crime drama Serpico (1973) and the tragic real-life bank robbery film Dog Day Afternoon (1975). He opened eyes around the film world for his brave choice of roles, and he was nominated three consecutive years for the "Best Actor" Academy Award. He faltered slightly with Bobby Deerfield (1977), but regained his stride with ...And Justice for All. (1979), for which he received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. This would, unfortunately, signal the beginning of a decline in his career, which produced such critical and commercial flops as Cruising (1980) and Author! Author! (1982). He took on another vicious gangster role and cemented his legendary status in the ultra-violent cult hit 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 ill 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 sceen 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 cop. It marked the second phase of Pacino's career, being the first to feature his now famous dark, owl eyes and hoarse, gravelly voice. Returning to the Corleones, he made The Godfather: Part III (1990) and earned raves for his first comedic role in the colorful Dick Tracy (1990). This earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and two years later he was nominated for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). He went into romantic mode for Frankie and Johnny (1991). In 1992 he finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his amazing performance in Scent of a Woman (1992). A mixture of technical perfection (he plays a blind man) and charisma, the role was tailor-made for him, and remains a classic. The next few years would see Pacino becoming more comfortable with acting and movies as a business, turning out great roles in great films with more frequency and less of the demanding personal involvement of his wilder days. Carlito's Way (1993) proved another gangster classic, as did the epic crime drama Heat (1995) directed by Michael Mann (I) and co-starring Robert De Niro, although they only had a few scenes together. He returned to the director's chair for the highly acclaimed and quirky Shakespeare adaptation Looking for Richard (1996). City Hall (1996), Donnie Brasco (1997) and The Devil's Advocate (1997) all came out in this period. Reteaming with Mann and then Oliver Stone (I), he gave two commanding performances in The Insider (1999) and Any Given Sunday (1999). 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 new set of twins with longtime girlfriend 'Beverly DAngelo. His romantic history includes a long-time romance with "Godfather" co-star Diane Keaton. 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.

  • Was frequently refered to as "that midget Pacino" by producers of _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) who didn't want him for the part of Michael Corleone.
  • He and 'Jamie Foxx' (qv) are two out of the only three actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year. ('Barry Fitzgerald (I)' (qv) did it first in 1945) Pacino was nominated in 1993 for _Scent of a Woman (1992)_ (qv) and _Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)_ (qv) / Foxx in 2005 for _Ray (2004/I)_ (qv) and _Collateral (2004)_ (qv). Both men won the Best Actor award, and they both played blind men in their roles: Pacino as Frank Slade and Foxx as 'Ray Charles (I)' (qv).
  • Won the Best Actor Obie (awarded for the best Off-Broadway performances) for "The Indian Wants The Bronx" in 1968. Was also nominated for a Best Actor Obie for "Why Is A Crooked Letter" in 1966.
  • Was director 'Bryan Singer' (qv)'s first choice for the role of "Dave Kujan" in _The Usual Suspects (1995)_ (qv). Pacino passed on the role and has since stated that that is the role he regrets passing on the most.
  • He was rejected repeatedly by studio heads while auditioning for the role of Michael in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) but 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) fought for him. This film was shot briskly because both the director and the leading actor were in constant fear of being fired. Ironically, it turned out to be a breakthrough for both.
  • October 1997: Ranked #4 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
  • He is one of the eleven elite thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other ten are 'Barry Fitzgerald (I)' (qv) 'Fay Bainter' (qv), 'Teresa Wright (I)' (qv), 'Jessica Lange' (qv), 'Sigourney Weaver' (qv), 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv), 'Holly Hunter' (qv), 'Julianne Moore (I)' (qv), 'Jamie Foxx' (qv) and 'Cate Blanchett' (qv). Pacino was the second male actor, after Fitzgerald, to have been nominated for both a Best Supporting Actor and a Best Actor Oscar in the same year; the third is Foxx, who was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in 2005.
  • He has a daughter, named Julie Marie (b. 10-16-1989), with acting teacher Jan Tarrant.

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