Al Pacino – The Godfather turns 76

Turning 76 today, April 25, is Hollywood legend Alfredo James 'Al' Pacino! With a career spanning more than five decades, he has received numerous accolades and honors – an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a British Academy Film Award, four Golden Globe Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the National Medal of Arts (phew!). Due to his impressive arsenal of awards, he has also been dubbed the 'Triple Crown of Acting'.

The method actor made his feature film debut with a minor role in Me, Natalie (1969), before getting noticed for his lead role as a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park (1971). As most of us know, he achieved recognition for his role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972). Receiving Oscar nominations for the role, Pacino's performance as Corleone is now regarded as one of the greatest performances in history. Since 1994, Pacino, along with Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel, has been the joint president of the Actors Studio.

Let's celebrate his 76th with seven of his greatest lines from movies and also six public quotes below. Happy Birthday, Godfather!


Movie quotes:

“Don’t tell me you’re innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry.”
The Godfather (1972)

"Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend.”
Scarface (1983)

“You are in no position to disagree. I’ve got a loaded .45; you got pimples.”
Scent Of A Woman (1992)
"Love? Overrated. Biochemically no different than eating large amounts of chocolate."
Devil's Advocate (1997)
"On any given Sunday you're gonna win or you're gonna lose. The point is, can you win or lose like a man?"
Any Given Sunday (1999)
"I’ve learned that time does not heal the wound. It will, though, in its most merciful way, blunt the edge ever so slightly."
88 Minutes (2007)
“It’s like you said. All I am is what I’m going after.”
Heat (1995)

Public quotes:




"I'm so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go."




"My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness."




"The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I'm talking about."




"It's easy to fool the eye but it's hard to fool the heart."




"Almost everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me."




"Money makes your life easier. If you're lucky to have it, you're lucky."

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