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Al Pacino
Also known as: Alfredo James Pacino
Actor • Producer • Director
Born: April 25, 1940 in New York City, New York, United States Of America
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One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of the film`s greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents, Rose (Gerardi) and Salvatore 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 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 a 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, 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.

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. 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 a 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). Carlito`s Way (1993) proved another gangster classic, as did the epic crime drama Heat (1995) directed by Michael Mann 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 Devil`s Advocate (1997) all came out in this period. Reteaming with Mann and then Oliver Stone, he gave two commanding performances in The Insider (1999) and Any Given Sunday (1999). 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 HBO`s miniseries Angels in America (2003) and his sensitive portrayal of Jack Kevorkian, in the television movie You Don`t Know Jack (2010). He was last seen in the film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019).
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Olivia Pacino
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Paula Pacino
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Desiree Pacino
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  • Sanjay Dutt took inspiration from Al Pacino's performance in Scarface(1983) and tried to bring his character alive.
  • Personal Quotes (8)

  • "It's easy to fool the eye but it's hard to fool the heart. "
  • "Vanity is my favourite sin. "
  • "The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful - my personal life suffers. "
  • "My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness. "
  • "I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience. "
  • "I was not prepared for fame. It hit me hard, and I did not have the capacity to cope. "
  • "The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You're in a conversation and everybody's agreeing with what you're saying - even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don't want to hear. "
  • "All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don't think I would be on 'Dancing with the Stars,' mainly because I would be too shy. "
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