Al Pacino

Actor, Director, Producer
Arguably the greatest and most accomplished actor of his generation, Al Pacino became a cultural icon thanks to revered performances in a wide range of classic films, including "The Godfather" (1972), "Scarface" (1983) ... Read more »
Born: 04/24/1940 in East Harlem, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (83)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

Danny Collins (Actor)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

Danny Collins (Actor)

Salomé 2014 (Movie)

King Herod (Actor)

South Park 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

Simon Axler (Actor)

Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)

King Herod/Himself (Actor)

Manglehorn 2013 (Movie)

A.J. Manglehorn (Actor)

Phil Spector 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Stand Up Guys 2012 (Movie)

Val (Actor)

The Godfather Legacy 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Son of No One 2011 (Movie)

Detective Charles Stanford (Actor)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

You Don't Know Jack 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Jack Gramm (Actor)

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

Rooster (Actor)

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

Willy Bank (Actor)

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Two for the Money 2005 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playa's Guide to Scarface 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Merchant of Venice 2004 (Movie)

Shylock (Actor)

Gigli 2003 (Movie)

Starkman (Actor)

People I Know 2003 (Movie)

Eli Wurman (Actor)

The Recruit 2003 (Movie)

Walter Burke (Actor)

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

Will Dormer (Actor)

S1M0NE 2002 (Movie)

Viktor Taransky (Actor)

Hispanic Heritage Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chinese Coffee 2000 (Movie)

Harry Levine (Actor)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Tony D'Amato (Actor)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Lowell Bergman (Actor)

Lee Strasberg: The Method Man 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

Lefty (Actor)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

John Milton (Actor)

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

Mayor John Pappas (Actor)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

Richard III (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Vincent Hanna (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Bits 1995 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

Jonas in the Desert 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (09/08/93) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

Carlito Brigante (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (11/24/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

Ricky Roma (Actor)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Actor)

Frankie and Johnny 1991 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Big Boy Caprice (Actor)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

Michael Corleone (Actor)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

Frank Keller (Actor)

The Local Stigmatic 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Revolution 1985 (Movie)

Tom Dobb (Actor)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

Tony Montana (Actor)

Author! Author! 1982 (Movie)

Travalian (Actor)

Acting: Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cruising 1980 (Movie)

Steve Burns (Actor)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

Arthur Kirkland (Actor)

Bobby Deerfield 1977 (Movie)

Bobby Deerfield (Actor)

Dog Day Afternoon 1975 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Serpico 1974 (Movie)

Serpico (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

Michael Corleone (Actor)

Scarecrow 1973 (Movie)

Lion (Actor)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Panic in Needle Park 1971 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Me, Natalie 1969 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Angels in America (TV Show)

Actor

Dali & I: The Surreal Story (Movie)

Salvador Dali (Actor)

The Irishman (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (5)

Salomé 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Chinese Coffee 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Local Stigmatic 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Local Stigmatic 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

(Narration) (Writer)
Other (2)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

narration text (Other)

Hits 1994 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Arguably the greatest and most accomplished actor of his generation, Al Pacino became a cultural icon thanks to revered performances in a wide range of classic films, including "The Godfather" (1972), "Scarface" (1983) and "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992). Coming to prominence during the 1970s - a period commonly regarded as Hollywood's last Golden Age - he possessed none of the classic features of leading men from Tinseltown's previous heyday, but nonetheless, enthralled audiences with absorbing performances on screens both large and small. As a Method actor, Pacino revealed the dark complexities of characters like Frank Serpico, Sonny Wortzik and Colonel Frank Slade. But in life, the actor remained an elusive figure, preferring to avoid disclosing anything of a personal nature. Despite such reluctance to open up about his life, Pacino maintained a long, prominent career in which he accomplished acting's rarest of feats - winning Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards.

Relationships

Jill Clayburgh Actor

Companion
Met while both were acting at Charles Street Repertory Company in Boston c. 1966 No longer together

Beverly D'Angelo Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1997; mother of Pacino's twin son and daughter Broke up in 2001

James Gerardi

Grandfather
Maternal grandfather; helped to raise Pacino

Kate Gerardi

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother; helped to raise Pacino

Lyndall Hobbs

Companion
No longer together

Diane Keaton Actor

Companion
Became involved in the early 1970s Rekindled relationship in the early 1980s Acted together in "The Godfather" trilogy Reportedly became romantically involved during filming of the third part in 1989 No longer together

Marthe Keller Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Bobby Deerfield" (1977) Dated in the late 1970s No longer together

Katherine Kovin-Pacino

Step-Mother

Penelope Ann Miller Actor

Companion
Romantically involved during and after filming of "Carlito's Way" (1993) No longer together

Anton Pacino

Son
Born Jan. 25, 2001; fraternal twin of Olivia; mother, Beverly D'Angelo

Paula Pacino

Half-Sister
Twin of Roberta

Roberta Pacino

Half-Sister
Twin of Paula

Salvatore Pacino Actor

Father
Born Feb. 16, 1922; was only 18 years old when son Al Pacino was born; left home when Al was two; moved to Covina, CA; owned a restaurant called Pacino's Lounge, which closed down in 1992 Died in 2005 of a heart attack at age 82

Rose Pacino

Mother
Was a young mother; raised Pacino with the help of her parents; died in 1962

Julie Pacino

Daughter
Born in October 1989; mother, Jan Tarrant

Olivia Pacino

Daughter
Born Jan. 25, 2001; fraternal twin of Anton; mother, Beverly D'Angelo

Kathleen Quinlan Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1979 Broke up in 1981

Lucila Sola Actor

Companion
Began dating in 2007. Relationship became public in fall 2014.

Jan Tarrant

Companion
Mother of Pacino's daughter Julie

Debra Winger Actor

Companion
Dated in the 1980s

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1966

HB Studio

New York , New York
Studied with Charlie Laughton - his best friend and a consultant for Pacino's Chal (for Charlie and Al) Productions

1966
Studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg (alongside whom he would later feature in the 1974 film "The Godfather Part II")

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts

New York , New York
Dropped out at age 17

Milestones

2013

Portrayed the legendary 1960s music producer in HBO movie "Phil Spector," directed by David Mamet

2012

Co-starred with Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken as aging con men in crime comedy "Stand Up Guys"

2011

Played himself opposite Adam Sandler in critically panned "Jack and Jill"

2011

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")

2011

Returned to features with "The Son of No One," co-starring Channing Tatum and Juliette Binoche

2011

Wrote, directed, and co-starred with Jessica Chastain in "Wilde Salome"

2011

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")

2010

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

2010

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

2010

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("You Don't Know Jack")

2008

Again teamed with Robert De Niro as cops hunting down a serial killer in "Righteous Kill"

2008

Played a college professor and forensics expert hunted by a serial killer in "88 Minutes"

2007

Joined cast of Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen" as a sleazy hotel and casino operator

2006

Portrayed King Herod Antipas in Oscar Wilde's "Salome" at Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

2005

Cast as a sports bookie opposite Matthew McConaughey in "Two for the Money"

2004

Starred in "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespearean adaptation set in 16th century Venice

2003

Played a press agent reportedly modeled after real-life flak Bobby Zarem in "People I Know"

2003

Cast as Roy Cohn in HBO adaptation of "Angels in America," directed by Mike Nichols

2003

Appeared as a manipulative CIA trainer in "The Recruit" opposite Colin Farrell

2002

Portrayed a sleep-deprived detective in "Insomnia"

1999

Played an aging football coach in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"

1999

Starred as "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman in Mann's "The Insider"

1997

Played a small-time mobster in Mike Newell's "Donnie Brasco"

1997

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1997

Delivered a delicious, pull-out-the-stops portrayal of a 1990s Satan in "The Devil's Advocate"

1996

Directed and starred in Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie"

1996

Made feature directorial debut with quasi-documentary "Looking for Richard"; also co-wrote narration

1995

Played a grandfather in Depression-era "Two Bits"; role was Pacino's tribute to his beloved grandfather who raised him

1995

Portrayed a cop tracking criminal Robert De Niro in Michael Mann's "Heat"

1993

Reteamed with De Palma for "Carlito's Way"

1992

Won first Best Actor Academy Award for role as a blind veteran in Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman"

1992

Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "Glengarry Glen Ross"; adapted from Mamet play and directed by James Foley

1990

Once again played Michael Corleone in Coppola's "The Godfather, Part III"

1990

Earned Best Supporting Actor nomination for role as Big Boy Caprice in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"

1990

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

1989

Returned to films after a four-year absence in Harold Becker's "Sea of Love," playing a dectective investigating a murder

1988

Starred in "Julius Caesar" in a limited engagement at New York's Public Theater

1985

Miscast in Hugh Hudson's Colonial drama "Revolution"

1983

Portrayed Cuban drug kingpin Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's remake of "Scarface"; film scripted by Oliver Stone

1982

Starred as a playwright in romantic comedy "Author! Author!" written by Israel Horovitz

1980

Portrayed Walter Cole in David Mamet's "American Buffalo" in off-Broadway and Broadway productions; also toured U.S. and England

1979

Received fourth Best Actor Oscar nomination, playing a crusading lawyer in "…And Justice for All"

1979

Performed title role in "Richard III" for a record run on Broadway

1977

Reprised role in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" for Broadway production; won second Tony Award

1975

Earned third Best Actor Oscar nomination for Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon"; film re-teamed him with Cazale as bank robbers

1974

Reprised role of Michael Corleone for Coppola's very successful sequel "The Godfather, Part II"; earned second Academy Award nomination as Best Actor

1973

Reteamed with Schatzberg for "Scarecrow" opposite Gene Hackman

1973

Earned First Best Actor Oscar nomination for role in Sidney Lumet's "Serpico"

1972

Joined David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company for production of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"

1972

Earned first Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"; Cazale played older brother Fredo

1970

First leading role in a film, "Panic in Needle Park"; directed by Jerry Schatzberg

1969

Directed first stage production (also acted), "Rats" at Charles Playhouse in Boston; written by Horovitz

1968

Made feature acting debut in "Me, Natalie"

1968

Broadway debut, "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?"; received first Tony Award

1968

Made off-Broadway debut in one-act play "The Indian Wants the Bronx," written by Israel Horovitz and co-starring John Cazale

1967

Acted in "America Hurrah" and "Awake and Sing" at Charles Playhouse in Boston, MA

1966

Appeared in New Theatre Workshop presentation of "The Peace Creeps"

Worked as an actor at New York's Cafe La Mama and Living Theatre; also worked as a comedy writer

Raised in NYC's South Bronx, living with mother in her Sicilian parents' home after father left them

Made off-off Broadway debut at Caffe Cino in "Hello Out There"; directed by best friend Charlie Laughton

Born in Manhattan's East Harlem

Worked in mail room at Commentary magazine

Bonus Trivia

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"I am more alive in the theater than anywhere else, but what I take into the theater I get from the streets." – Pacino in The Hollywood Reporter Star Profiles, 1984

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"We used to play on a stoop in front of the local drug store on 173rd Street and Bryant Avenue [in the Bronx]. So nothing much has changed. The thing that struck me when I saw 'Scent of a Woman' was that when [Pacino] was 11 or 12 years old, he would always pretend to be a blind man. He used to walk down 174th Street, pretend he was blind and ask people to help him across the street. So it wasn't a surprise for me to see him get an Academy Award for a role he's been playing all his life." – Kenneth Lipper, neighborhood friend who grew up to be NYC Deputy Mayor under Ed Koch (and also co-screenwriter of "City Hall") quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 7, 1996

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"Movies are wonderful. I love seeing them. But they're not as much fun to do for me. It's a very fragmented existence. You may only shoot a minute a day. There's a lot of waiting. But when you work on the stage, something can happen in your imagination that can affect the way you perform for the rest of your life. If you have a steady diet of that, you miss it.About returning to film acting in 1989's "Sea of Love" after a four year absence: "There was a division in my life, especially when I was younger, that films were there [he points left] and I was there [he points right]. I needed to understand and appreciate film as a form, not just something that I was in. I had to get more intimate with it, get my hands on it. Making my own picture ("The Local Stigmatic") gave me that tactile sense. And I think that helped me go on" – Pacino quoted in The Los Angeles Times, June 29, 1999

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"I knew I would [be an actor] for the rest of my life at age 22, when I was in a Strindberg play called 'The Creditors." It was at the Actor's Gallery in SoHo on West Broadway, and I had found that through this play I was able to express [myself], and it wasn't just performing for me anymore; it became a way of speaking, talking about things. And I thought this will always be a way to express [myself]." – Pacino to the Daily News, Oct. 24, 1999

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"I'd like to be remembered as the only man who lived to be 250 years old! [Laughs] And as someone who had a chance to do what he always wanted to do. I like to think I'm a guy who wasn't going to make it, and I did. So it's good to buck the odds. If that means anything to anyone, I will be grateful from the beyond." – Pacino on how he wants to be remembered, to USA Weekend, Jan. 26, 2003

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"I wasn't going through a particularly good time [during "The Godfather"]. I was very unhappy. For the first few weeks, they were thinking of firing me. And I couldn't understand why they didn't." – Pacino quoted to Premiere magazine, December 2004/January 2005

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"One of the great things about acting is to suddenly be able to tell someone who has a chain saw at your face to shove it up his ass." – Pacino quoted to Premiere magazine, December 2004/January 2005

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"I usually agree with what critics say about movies. Not about mine of course, I'm too subjective. But in retrospect when I look back at their criticism of my movies, I would agree most of the time." – Pacino in Hollywood Life magazine, September/October 2006

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"I never acted on drugs, ever. I couldn't even act on a few drinks. It doesn't suit me. I like being aware of things." – Pacino quoted in Rolling Stone, March 28, 2013

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