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Biography for Al Pacino

Birth name

Alfredo James Pacino

Nickname

Sonny

Height

5′ 7″ (1.70 m)

Mini biography

One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established
himself during one of film’s greatest decades, the 70s, and has become
an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Born on
April 25th, 1940 in the South 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 who 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, Pacino 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 the legendary acting coach HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0833448/» Lee Strasberg , creator of the Method
Approach that would become the trademark of many 70s era actors. Making
appearances in various plays, Pacino finally hit it big with «The Indian
Wants the Bronx», winning an Obie HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?award» award for the 1966-67 season.
Gaining notoriety on the theater scene, Pacino then won the Tony
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» 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 HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0067549/» The Panic in
Needle Park (1971) after his film HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?debut» debut in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0064651/» Me, Natalie (1969). What came next
would change his life forever. The part of Michael Corleone in
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather (1972) was
one of the most sought- after roles in film history. HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000602/» Robert Redford , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000886/» Warren Beatty , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000197/» Jack Nicholson , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0641939/» Ryan O’Neal , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000134/» Robert De Niro , and a host of others
were bandied about for the role, but director HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000338/» Francis Ford Coppola had his heart
set on the unknown Italian Pacino. From the studio, to the producers, to
the cast on down, nobody else wanted Al Pacino. Though Coppola won out
through slick persuasion, Pacino was in constant fear of being fired and
replaced at any minute during the hellish shoot. But the role was a
career- making hit, and earned him his first Academy HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» Award nomination for Best
Supporting Actor. Instead of taking on easier projects for money, Pacino
threw his support behind tough important films, such as the true life
crime drama HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0070666/» Serpico
(1973) and the tragic real life bank robbery film HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0072890/» Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Pacino
opened eyes around the film world for his brave choice of roles; and he
was nominated three consecutive years for the «Best Actor» Academy
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» Award . He faltered
slightly with HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0075774/» Bobby
Deerfield (1977), but regained his stride with the law film HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0078718/» …And Justice for All (1979), for
which he received another Academy HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» Award nomination for Best Actor.
This would unfortunately signal one of the only bad points in his
career, one that produced the flops HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0080569/» Cruising (1980) and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0083598/» Author! Author! (1982). He took on
another vicious gangster role and cemented his legendary status in the
ultra-violent HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0086250/» Scarface
(1983), but a monumental mistake was about to follow. HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0089913/» 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 an already terrible
project. The Revolutionary War film is considered one of the worst films
ever, gained Pacino his first truly awful reviews, and kept him out of
movies 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 _Local Stigmatic, The (1989)_ but it
remains unreleased to the public. His self-imposed exile lifted, he
returned in striking form in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0098273/» Sea of Love (1989) as a
hard-drinking cop. The film marks the second phase of Pacino’s career,
the first film to feature his now famous dark, owl eyes and hoarse,
gravelly voice. Making a return to the Corleones, he made HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0099674/» The Godfather: Part III (1990), and
earned raves for his first comedic role in the colorful HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0099422/» Dick Tracy (1990). This earned him
another Academy HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and, two years later, he was
nominated for HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0104348/» Glengarry
Glen Ross (1992). He went into romantic mode for HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0101912/» Frankie and Johnny (1991). In 1992,
he finally won the Academy HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» Award for Best Actor for his
amazing performance in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0105323/»
Scent of a Woman (1992). A mix 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. HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0106519/»
Carlito’s Way (1993) proved another gangster classic, as did the epic
crime drama HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0113277/» Heat (1995)
directed by HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000520/» Michael Mann
. He returned to the director’s chair for the highly acclaimed and
quirky Shakespeare adaptation HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0116913/» Looking for Richard (1996).
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0115907/» City Hall (1996),
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0119008/» Donnie Brasco (1997), and
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0118971/» The Devil’s Advocate
(1997) all came out in this period. Reteaming with Mann and then
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000231/» Oliver Stone , he gave two
commanding performances in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0140352/» The Insider (1999) and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0146838/» 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 long-time
girlfriend HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000350/» Beverly
D’Angelo . His romantic history includes a long-time romance with
Godfather co-star HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000473/» 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 movies’
legends.

Trade mark

Volcanic tirade, smoke-burnished voice.

Frequently plays men of power and/or authority.

Trivia

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [16 October 1997]

Ranked #4 in Empire (UK) magazine’s «The Top 100 Movie Stars of All
Time» list. [October 1997]

Was arrested in January 1961, charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Son of Salvatore Pacino (insurance agent) and Rose Pacino (she died when
Al was 22).

He has a daughter, named Julie Marie, with acting teacher Jan Tarrant.

Dropped out of school at the age of 17.

Turned down HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0079417/» Kramer vs.
Kramer (1979).

Turned down HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0096969/» Born on the
Fourth of July (1989).

Turned down HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0078788/» Apocalypse
Now (1979).

Turned down the role of Han Solo in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0076759/» Star Wars (1977).

Turned down HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0100405/» Pretty Woman
(1990).

Turned down HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0112740/» Crimson Tide
(1995).

Originally asked for $7 million for HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0099674/» The Godfather: Part III (1990), a
figure that so enraged director HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000338/» Francis Ford Coppola that he
threatened to write a new script that opened with Michael Corleone’s
funeral. Pacino settled for $5 million.

Father of twins Anton and Olivia, with HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000350/» Beverly D’Angelo .

His grandparents originate from Corleone, Sicily.

Was frequently refered to as «that midget Pacino» by producers of
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather (1972) who
didn’t want him for the part of Michael Corleone.

HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000338/» Francis Ford Coppola
asked Pacino to play Captain Willard in his film HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0078788/» Apocalypse Now (1979). Pacino
politely turned down the offer, saying he’d «do anything» for Francis
but he «woudn’t go to war with him!»

Stopped a 2-pack-a-day smoking habit in 1994 to protect his voice. He
now only occasionally smokes herbal cigarettes.

Al was so much into character (playing a plain-clothes NYC cop) while
filming HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0070666/» Serpico (1973)
he actually pulled over and threatened to arrest a truck driver for
exhaust pollution.

Is an avid fan of opera.

Once worked as an usher at Carnegie Hall.

HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0005092/» Larry King considers
Pacino’s appearance on his show HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0088550/» «Larry King Live» (1985) in
November 1996 as one of his personal all-time favorite interviews.

As of 2002, his salary was around $10 million a picture.

One of the few Hollywood stars who has never married.

Despite the fact that he starred in «The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui»
for Off- Broadway scale pay (the minimum salary allowed by Actor’s
Equity), the production had the highest ticket price in Off-Broadway
history at $100 per ticket.

He is one of the elite nine thespians to have been nominated for both a
Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other
seven are HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0047810/» Fay Bainter ,
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0942863/» Teresa Wright , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0001448/» Jessica Lange , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000244/» Sigourney Weaver , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000668/» Emma Thompson , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000456/» Holly Hunter , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000194/» Julianne Moore and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0004937/» Jamie Foxx . Pacino was the first
male actor to have ever been nominated for both a Best Supporting Actor
and a Best Actor Oscar in the same year, the second is actor HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0004937/» Jamie Foxx , who was nominated for
Best Actor and Best supporting Actor in 2005. I wanted to add Barry
Fitzgerald to the list of actors who were nominated for Best and
Supporting Actor in the same year. He is the only actor ever nominated
for both categories for the same movie, Going My Way in which he won for
Supporting Actor. That was the last time it happened because the Academy
changed the rules after that.

Won two Tony Awards: in 1969 as Best Supporting or Featured Actor
(Dramatic) for «Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?» and in 1977 as Best. Actor
(Play) for «The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.»

Won his first Oscar twenty-one years after his first nomination.

He and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001697/» Chris Sarandon
improvised their scene on the phone in the film HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0072890/» Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

Studied acting under HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001452/»
Charles Laughton .

He is an avid Shakespeare fan.

Was voted the Number 1 greatest movie star of all time in a Channel 4
(UK) poll.

For a short while, he was the only actor to be in the #1 Best and Worst
Movie on IMDb: HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The
Godfather (1972) and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0299930/»
Gigli (2003).

In a «Playboy magazine interview, he claimed that he was fired from his
job as a movie theater usher while walking down the staircase and
admiring himself in the mirrored wall.

He was voted the 41st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment
Weekly.

Portrayed crime bosses in The Godfather Trilogy, HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0086250/» Scarface (1983) and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0099422/» Dick Tracy (1990).

In 2004 he became the eighteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of
Acting. Oscar: Best Actor, HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0105323/» Scent of a Woman (1992); Tonys:
Best Supporting Actor-Play «Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?: (1969) and
Best Actor-Play «The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel» (1977); and Emmy:
Best Actor-Miniseries/Movie, HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0318997/» «Angels in America» (2003) (mini).

Read for HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001590/» Chazz Palminteri
‘s part in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0114814/» The Usual
Suspects (1995). Source: Director HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0001741/» Bryan Singer , «Pursuing The Usual
Suspects» documentary from UK DVD.

Pacino was rejected repeatedly by studio heads while auditioning for the
role of Michael in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The
Godfather (1972) but HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000338/»
Francis Ford Coppola fought for him. This film was shot briskly because
both the director and the leading actor were in constant fear of being
fired. Ironically, the film turned out to be a breakthrough for both.

He is the stepson of actress and make-up artist HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm1178989/» Katherin Kovin-Pacino .

He has four sisters: Josette, a teacher, twins Roberta and Paula, and a
younger sister named Desiree, whom Pacino’s father adopted whilst
married to his fourth wife.

Was a longtime member of David Wheeler’s Theatre Company of Boston, for
which he performed in «Richard III» in Boston from Dec 1972 to Jan 1973
and at the Cort Theater in New York City from June 10 to July 15, 1979.
He also appeared in their productions of Bertolt Brecht’s «Aurturo Ui»
at the Charles Theater in Boston in 1975 and later in New York and
London, and in David Rabe’s «The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel at the
Longacre Theater in New York in 1977, for which Pacino won a Tony Award.
Wheeler also directed Pacino in Heathcote Williams’ «The Local
Stigmatic» for Joe Papp’s Public Theater in New York City in 1976.
Pacino appeared in a 1989 film of «Stigmatic» directed by Wheeler that
was presented at the Cinematheque in Los Angeles.

Was the recipient of the 2001 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0001124/» Cecil B. DeMille Award from the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his «outstanding contribution to
the entertainment field».

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.

His performance in the Broadway play «Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?» won
him a Tony Award for Best Dramatic Supporting Actor, and a Drama Desk
Award and Theatre World Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1969.

Turned down the lead role of Roy Neary in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0075860/» Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1977)

While Paramount brass dithered over whether to cast him as Michael
Corleone, the role that would make him a star, a frustrated Pacino
signed up for the role of Mario Trantino in _The Gang That Couldn’t
Shoot Straight (1971)_ . When Paramount finally decided to offer him the
role in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather
(1972), they had to buy him out of his contract with
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Ironically, the role went to HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000134/» Robert De Niro , whom HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0071562/» The Godfather: Part II (1974) would
make a star.

His favorite actress is HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001046/»
Julie Christie .

He and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0004937/» Jamie Foxx are
the only two actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for both Best
Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year. Pacino in 1993 for
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0105323/» Scent of a Woman (1992)
and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0104348/» Glengarry Glen Ross
(1992) / Foxx in 2005 for HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0350258/»
Ray (2004/I) and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0369339/»
Collateral (2004). Both men won the Best Actor award, and they both
played blind men in their roles: Pacino as Frank Slade and Foxx as
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0153124/» Ray Charles .

He was voted the 37th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere
Magazine.

Grew up in the South Bronx, New York City

Attended The High School of the Performing Arts until he dropped out.

Was HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0772259/» John Schlesinger ‘s
original pick for HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0074860/»
Marathon Man (1976) but producer HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0263172/» Robert Evans insisted that
Schlesinger cast HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000163/» Dustin
Hoffman instead.

Has a production company called Chal Productions. The «Ch» is in tribute
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001452/» Charles Laughton while
the «Al» is for himself.

Worked in the mail room of Commentary magazine.

Shares a birthday with HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001735/»
Talia Shire , his co-star in The Godfather films.

His favorite color is black

Breifly worked as a stand-up comic early in his career

Early in his acting career, he considered changing his name to «Sonny
Scott» to avoid being typecast by his Italian name. «Sonny» was his
childhood nickname.

Alec Baldwin, who costarred with Pacino in «Glengarry Glen Ross» and
«Looking for Richard», wrote a 65 page final thesis on Al Pacino and
method acting for his degree at NYU.

Was friends with HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001030/» John
Cazale since they were teenagers. They starred together in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0072890/» Dog Day Afternoon (1975),
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0071562/» The Godfather: Part II
(1974) and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather
(1972)

He is only one of four actors to be nominated for an Oscar twice for
playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as for
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather (1972) and
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0071562/» The Godfather: Part II
(1974). The others are HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000056/»
Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0054997/» The Hustler (1961) and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0090863/» The Color of Money (1986),
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001078/» Bing Crosby as Father
O’Malley in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0036872/» Going My Way
(1944) and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0037536/» The Bells of
St. Mary’s (1945), and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000564/»
Peter O’Toole as Henry II in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0057877/» Becket (1964) and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0063227/» The Lion in Winter (1968).

Is one of two actors (along with HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000564/» Peter O’Toole ) to be nominated for
Academy Awards for portraying the same person in two different movies.
He portrayed Michale Corleone in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather (1972) and
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0071562/» The Godfather: Part II
(1974).

During the making of «The Recruit» he met and became close friends with
Colin Farrell. He went on to call Farrell the most talented actor of his
generation.

Suffers from chronic insomnia.

Personal quotes

«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.»

«I can’t say I’ve been sober though. I don’t like that word. What does
it mean? ‘Sober! He’s very sober’.»

«There are times when I have a temperament. Yes, my temperament is there
… but I hope I’m gentle. Yes, I think I am.»

«When I try to explain anything I always end up trying to be right
usually, but not truthful necessarily. Trying to give the right answer
or what I think is the right answer. It’s a human instinct. You try to
be as clever as you can be. You’re trying to come off like you really
know what the hell’s going on, when you don’t!»

«I’m single and I don’t particularly like it. I’m certainly the kind of
person who prefers … it … it … It’s good to have someone in your
life that you’re going through this thing with. It’s good. That’s a
thing in life that I aspire to.»

«I like what HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0537551/» Norman
Mailer said about alcohol: ‘Drink has killed a lot of my brain cells
and I think I would have been a better writer without it, but it would
be one less way to relax.'»

«Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don’t believe me
when I tell them.»

«In the end you’re just playing a role.» [on whether acting and his
roles reflected who he is]

«I’ll tell you something. And this is a fact. When I was doing
‘Scarface’, I remember being in love at that time. One of the few times
in my life. And I was so glad it was at that time. I would come home and
she would tell me about her life that day and all her problems and I
remember saying to her, look, you really got me through this picture
because I would shed everything when I came home.»

«That’s right! That’s right! We know the best feeling in the world is
the one between the second and third martini. That was my deal. I just
enjoyed who I became when I was drinking, so that was something hard to
break. I became much quieter, and funny. I must say, that kind of thing
came out.»

«I hope the perception is that I’m an actor, I never intended to be a
movie star.»

«I’m constantly striving to break through to something new. You try to
maintain a neutral approach to your work, and not be too hard on
yourself.»

«I guess you find yourself repeating certain motifs. But at the heart of
it all, I’m an actor, always looking for a role. And then you try to
make things fresh.»

«People always said that time, the ’70s, was about pretty boys, and then
I came along!»

«One hopes to find out about the [movie] you’re in while you’re doing
it, not several years later, which is usually when I find out. I’m like,
‘Wow, that was a dud! I didn’t know, nobody would tell me!’ I’ve done
things for certain reasons, but it [comes from] thinking on your feet…
Sometimes actors do things not because we have a great desire [for it],
but because it’s work, and I’m starting to wonder about that.»

«But I was just lucky. People like Coppola were making films, and I got
opportunities.»

«I couldn’t exist just doing films. But on the other hand, there is the
fame that comes with it, and the money. My problem is I still want to
play Hamlet in some little theater somewhere, and time is running out.»
— quoted by Robert Osbourne in «Academy HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» Award s 1974 Oscar Annual»

«As an old village poet put it to me in the 1960s. [If you dig it, it’s
yours]. I dug HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001486/» Sidney
Lumet back then. I dig him now because what he had to give, I took and
made it mine. I’m forever grateful along with all the other actors and
writers who have benefited from Sidney’s genius». Presenting the
Lifetime of Achievement HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award»
Award to director HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0001486/» Sidney
Lumet at the 2005 Academy HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Award» Award s.

«We know each other’s minds. We have shared some things that are
personal to us, such as our roles. I know Bobby through his roles. But,
then, I don’t think we actually talked about the actual work of actors.»
— on his friend and HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0113277/» Heat
(1995) co-star HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/name/nm0000134/» Robert De
Niro

«I remember seeing things that Bob had done in the past, and very recent
times, and have been taken with the work so much that I even wrote [him]
about it. Some of his great work — which is plenty — I was staggered
by the subtlety of his portrayal and the warmth, which is what we often
talk about with Bob among us actors who admire him so. It is the warmth
and the way he approaches things.» — on his friend and HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0113277/» Heat (1995) co-star HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000134/» Robert De Niro

«Gene and I are two people not very similar. We had to play a very close
relationship, but I just didn’t think we were as connected as we should
have been. We seemed apart. We didn’t have altercations, we didn’t hate
each other. But we didn’t communicate, didn’t think in the same terms.
Gene and I were thrown together, but under ordinary circumstances we’d
never cavort or be friends. It was two worlds — but I have to say that I
was as much responsible as he was.» — on doing HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0070643/» Scarecrow (1973) with HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000432/» Gene Hackman

«The challenge? It’s always a challenge of a sort. It’s a challenge to
get up and go and leave your family and go out there in all different
parts of the world and do a picture and try to make it come
alive…You’re still challenged for that. I mean, it’s the same story.
It’s just not changed. It seems to be the same thing it always was. It’s
this effort. If you get excited about a thing then things are generally
a little easier. If you get enthusiastic and you want to do something
and you feel you are into something then things start to come. But
usually to find the enthusiasm and the appetite, that’s the challenge.»
— On whether or not acting is still challenging for him

«‘Coffee’ is done, I got a couple of little important things to do about
it, like little tiny things, and THEN I will unveil it. It’s not a movie
that you put in a…It needs a certain environment to flourish in. It’s
just the way it is. It doesn’t make it better or worse than the picture.
It’s just the way it is, the nature of it.» — On why his film
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0118852/» Chinese Coffee (2000) has
yet to be released

«I’ve always believed, I always hoped…I don’t think I know what I’m
saying when I say this, but I was hoping that we could have a museum
where we had films. That there was a museum where films were, like,
hung. Like paintings. And you went to the museum. I got the movie _Local
Stigmatic, The (1989)_ that I made. It’s 52 minutes and everybody has
seen it now because I’ve personally got them in to see it, to show it to
them and I paid them for it, too. But it’s over at the Museum of Modern
Art and I love saying…This is really pretentious of me, this is what I
really like. I love to say: ‘Oh, it’s at the Museum of Modern Art. Isn’t
that great?’ ‘Have you released it?’ ‘No, I never did.’ I love saying
that, you know? ‘How come?’ ‘Because I didn’t feel like it.’ It’s fun to
do that.»

Salary

Where are they now

(April 2003) Starring in «Salome: The Reading» with Marisa Tomei on
Broadway

Biography from Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia:

He first galvanized movie audiences as quiet Mafia scion Michael
Corleone in Francis Coppola’s 1972 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather (for which he was
Oscar-nominated). He returned to the character twice more, playing it in
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0068646/» The Godfather ,
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0071562/» Part II (1974, nominated
again) as a steely, paranoid, implacably heartless don, and then in The
Godfather, HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0099674/» Part III
(1990) as an aging, infirm, and tragic figure. For these three films, if
for nothing else, Pacino will always be remembered. Debuting on film in
1969’s HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0064651/» Me , HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0064651/» Natalie (the same year he won a
Tony Award for Broadway’s «Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?»), Pacino
brought unique integrity to many roles, from a sexually confused
would-be bank robber in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0072890/»
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) to an incorruptible maverick cop in
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0070666/» Serpico (1973). He had a
way of commanding the screen, whether as a junkie in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0067549/» The Panic in Needle Park (1971) or
a quiet drifter in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0070643/»
Scarecrow (1973). He virtually defined screen intensity, and brought it
with him even to projects that were unworthy, like HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0075774/» Bobby Deerfield (1977) and a
controversial look at the gay netherworld, HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0080569/» Cruising (1980). He fared better as
an idealistic lawyer in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0078718/»
And Justice For All (1979, earning another Oscar nomination) and was
quite likable in the critically savaged comedy HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0083598/» Author! Author! (1982). His
explosive performance as Cuban drug kingpin Tony Montana in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/name/nm0000361/» Brian De Palma ‘s HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0086250/» Scarface (1983, a latterday cult
favorite) was followed by a deadly costume drama, HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0089913/» Revolution (1985), in which his
Colonial Noo Yawk accent prompted widespread derision.

Pacino took a layoff from Hollywood, going back to his first love, the
stage, and working for a long time (as both actor and producer) on an
independent film adaptation of British playwright Heathcote Williams’
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0097769/» The Local Stigmatic His
excellent work as a hard-drinking, emotionally disconnected detective in
1989’s HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0098273/» Sea of Love
heralded a triumphant return to the screen, and his hammy, often
improvised antics under heavy makeup in Warren Beatty’s 1990 HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0099422/» Dick Tracy revealed a heretofore
unseen comedic talent (and netted him a Supporting Actor Oscar
nomination). In 1991 he reteamed with HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0086250/» Scarface costar Michelle Pfeiffer
in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0101912/» Frankie and Johnny
in his warmest and most appealing screen role in years. The following
year he had an unbeatable parlay, as shark-like real estate salesman
Ricky Roma in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0104348/» Glengarry
Glen Ross which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination,
and in a bravura turn as the blind, blustery former lieutenant colonel
in HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0105323/» Scent of a Woman
which won him a Best Actor Oscar, at last. His stardom reconfirmed,
Pacino has kept busy both on stage (in such unexpected projects as
«Richard III» and «Salome») and screen, where he reteamed with Brian De
Palma for another riveting performance in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0106519/» Carlito’s Way (1993), as a
streetwise Puerto Rican ex-con trying to go straight. In 1995, he played
a corrupt New York mayor in HYPERLINK
«http://imdb.com/title/tt0115907/» City Hall . In the wake of
HYPERLINK «http://imdb.com/title/tt0097769/» The Local Stigmatic he
has been working on a documentary about Shakespeare.

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