Al Pacino’s biographyAl Pacino is an American actor of cinema and theater, who has already earned the rights to be called the living pillar of Hollywood: his filmography includes such iconic images of cinema as Michael Corleone, Tony Montana, Colonel Slade and even devil himself. Net worth: $120 million.
Al Pacino’s childhoodAlfredo James Pacino was born in the family of insurer Salvatore Pacino and housewife Rose Gerardi. Alfredo’s maternal Grandparents had moved to the States from the Sicilian town of Corleone; the future actor’s father also had Italian roots.
Salvatore and Rose had married at a very young age: he was 20 and she was just 17. A year later the baby was born, but that didn’t save the hasty marriage - two-year-old Alfredo had to survive the separation of his parents and move with his mother to her parents on the outskirts of New York, to South Bronx.
Even nowadays the town is associated with screaming poverty, crime, and desolation for a typical New Yorker, but the situation was much worse in the early 1940s. So little Alfredo was forbidden to go outside alone until seven years old and the only entertainment for the boy was the local cinema, where he was taken by his mother in the evenings. Languished from boredom during the day, he colorfully retold the stories he had seen to his grandmother who looked after him - so the boy's interest in cinema broke out.
But as soon as the boy got the opportunity to "go out into people" himself, he literally "broke off the chain": teachers at school couldn’t cope with his behavior, not talking about academic achievement. At the age of 9 the boy tried his first cigarette, and at the age of 13 began drinking and smoking weed. The death of his two close friends from an overdose, kept him away from hard drugs.
Al Pacino’s theatrical careerAs a teenager Alfredo or Sonny Scott as his first nickname wanted to become a professional baseball player, but later, after watching the staging of Chekhov's “Seagull”, his desire was replaced by the dream of an acting career. Soon the young man entered the famous School of Performing Arts named after Fiorello La Guardia in New York, for which he received the nickname "Actor" from his fellows.
In 1960, the "Actor" became part of the New York theater underground: he acted scenes in public places along with his friend, and then passed a hat for donations. Later he joined the Herbert Berghof Studio (HB Studio), where he met teacher Charlie Laughton, who taught the guy acting skills and later became his best friend.
In 1962 43-year-old Rose died of leukemia, and a year later grandfather, who replaced Alfredo his father, passed away. In 1966, after many unsuccessful attempts, Alfredo Pacino auditioned in the Actor's Studio in Manhattan. He studied in the class of Lee Strasberg, who taught the students the system of Stanislavsky.
In 1967 the first roles in commercial theaters followed. At first, he performed in the Boston "Charles Playhouse" theater for more than a modest paycheck - $125 per week. At that time, the actor came up with a sounding nickname for himself by cutting "Alfredo" to the first syllable. At the same time, Al Pacino made his Broadway debut in the "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?" spectacle, for which he received enthusiastic reviews from the audience and the Tony Award (the American analog of the Golden Mask).
In 1968 the actor already played at the New York Astor Place theater: the only role in his repertoire was street punk, Murph, in the staging of "The Indian Wants the Bronx ", where the actor’s close friend John Cazale also played.
Al Pacino’s first roles in cinemaAlfredo began to receive his first roles in the first weeks of training at the Actors Studio, though episodic and practically unpaid. In 1968, he made his debut in the "N.Y.P.D." series (Episode: "Deadly Circle of Violence") playing a third-rate character named John James.
According to Zoomboola.com, in 1969, Alfredo received his first role in a full-length film ("Me, Natalie"). The talented play of the actor was noticed by Martin Bregman, one of the best producers of that time, who offered Pacino cooperation. Looking ahead, we note that the partnership turned out to be productive: Bregman produced such films with Al Pacino as the "Serpico", "Scarface" and "Dog Day Afternoon”
In 1971 Al Pacino played drug addict Bobby in “The Panic in Needle Park” by Jerry Schatzberg. The film became the first major work of the actor.
The GodfatherIn 1971 director Francis Ford Coppola, who was looking for an actor for the role of Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" project, which, according to the management of the "Paramount" studio, promised to become nothing more than an ordinary gangster drama, was impressed by Al Pacino’s play in "The Panic in Needle Park" and invited him to the casting.
It must be noted that the role of the son of the godfather of the Mafia was like it had been created for Al Pacino with his Sicilian roots. The characteristic Italian appearance and the hot temper of the actor so impressed Coppola that he decisively rejected the other applicants for the role, among which were Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, what terrified the bosses of Paramount.
However, the success surpassed all the expectations: the drama of the family of Vito Corleone, played by great Marlon Brando, gained the popularity of millions of viewers around the world. "The Godfather" was the first film where the mafia was shown from the inside - not just a criminal group concentrating all the significant "strings" in hands: politicians, businessmen, social figures, but as a family living on the principles of honor, let it be peculiar. In the IMDB international film rating "The Godfather" is on the second place, conceding “The Shawshank Redemption”
Michael Corleone has secured for Al Pacino the image of a cruel gangster who does not forgive mistakes: "There are situations when the most extreme measures are justified."
The sequel of “The Godfather” was only a matter of time, and very soon the studio management gave Copolla a go-ahead for setting the second part. The making of the picture began in 1974, and during the break, Al Pacino managed to appear in the "Scarecrow" as swagman-loser Lionel, as well as in the "Serpico" crime drama, where he played a policeman, torn by a dilemma: to remain an honest representative of law and suffer the mock of colleagues or cross his own principles and become a corrupt policeman too. Both pictures were successful and proved that Al Pacino was not going to stay "Michael Corleone" till the end of his acting career.
The second "Godfather" became a worthy sequel of the first part. The picture consisted of two storylines - the prehistory of the Corleone mafia family and the events following the death of Don Vito. Here Al Pacino first worked with Robert De Niro (young Vito Corleone).
Al Pacino’s further careerIn 1977, Al Pacino was given the role of racer Bobby Deerfield in the "Bobby Deerfield". The film was welcomed lightly, unlike Al Pacino’s next job – the "...And Justice for All" drama, where he appeared in a contradictory image of an honest lawyer. The film brought him to Oscar nomination in the category of "Best Actor", but eventually the award went to Dustin Hoffman for his role in the "Kramer vs. Kramer" By the way, initially Al Pacino was to play alongside Meryl Streep in the "Kramer vs. Kramer" but he refused.
The 80's started with a fall in career for Al Pacino: the participation in the project "Cruising " brought upon him the anger of the gay community, and the next film, a sweet family comedy "Author! Author! " was criticized hard at its release.
In 1983, director Brian De Palma invited Al Pacino to play in the "Scarface". The film, which told the story of Cuban exile Tony Montana, who passed the way from the criminal "six" to the owner of a cocaine empire, collected a good cashier and, though criticized after the premiere for the topical character of the subject and the large amount of cruelty, over the years it acquired the status of a cult. The partner of Al Pacino became Michelle Pfeiffer, an 80’s sex symbol.
The next picture the "Revolution" with Al Pacino and Donald Sutherland was lightly welcomed by the public, so the film didn’t excuse itself from the commercial point of view. The producers accused Al Pacino of failing, and the actor, who was touched, left the cinema for 4 years, returning to the theatrical stage.
The actor again appeared on the big screen only in 1989 in the "Sea of Love". A year later he returned to the image of a gangster in the picture "Dick Tracy" about the adventures of a brave detective. The role brought Al Pacino to his second “Oscar” nomination for “Best Supporting Actor”, but the statuette went to Joe Pesci for taking part in the "Goodfellas".
The same year Al Pacino appeared in the image of aged Michael Corleone in the third part of “The Godfather”. The story told about his controversial character trying to legalize his business and solve the problems of his children, who were played by Franc D'Ambrosio and Sofia Coppola, the daughter of the legendary director.
In 1991, he again met Michelle Pfeiffer in the "Frankie and Johnny" film. Then came the role of the brilliant salesman Ricky Roma in the picture “Glengarry Glenn Ross” (also known as “The Americans”), which brought Al Pacino to his third “Oscar” nomination.
In 1993, the long-awaited American Academy Award went to Al Pacino for the "Scent of a Woman" film in the category of "Best Actor". The dramatic picture about the relationship of young student Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell) and Frank Slade, a retired cynical colonel completely deprived of sight and dreaming of suicide, produced the effect of a bomb exploding.
The same year, the actor returned to the image of a drug dealer in the "Carlito's Way" film, the plot of which seemed to represent an alternative ending for the story about Tony Montana. The main hero, drug dealer Carlito Brigante, went out of prison and craved to quit his past, starting a new, honest life with his beloved.
In 1995, the premiere of the “Heat” crime drama took place, where viewers witnessed the conflict between the characters of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, and also appreciated the acting skills of Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, and Danny Trejo.
The audience also remarked the tandem by Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in the picture "Donnie Brasco" where young Depp played an FBI agent undercover, and Pacino appeared in the image of an elderly gangster in need of a partner.
In 1997 in the opinion of many critics one of the best films of Al Pacino - "The Devil's Advocate" appeared on the screens. According to the story, an unusually successful young lawyer (Keanu Reeves) received an excellent offer from a large legal corporation. Alongside his wife Mary Anne (Charlize Theron), he moves to a classy apartment in New York and gets acquainted with the head of the company - impressive John Milton, whose role brought Al Pacino the title of "Best villain" according to MTV. "Al Pacino played the Devil with pleasure bordering on glee," - critics stated.
In 2002, the actor appeared on the set of the "Insomnia" thriller by Christopher Nolan and played Detective Will Dormer. The same year, Al Pacino performed one of his most beloved images in the "Simone" science fiction film, which, however, couldn’t boast of a phenomenal number of tickets sold. Here he played a director who had received at the disposal of artificial intelligence, masterfully imitating any actor.
Then followed roles in low-budget films the "Recruit" with Colin Farrell, the "Gigli" with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, “The Merchant of Venice” with Jeremy Irons, and also in the "Angels in America" series.
2007 passed for Al Pacino under the auspices of “Ocean's Thirteen” by Steven Soderbergh, where the actor played the role of "bad guy" Willie Bank, the owner of the casino, who crossed George Clooney and his faithful team.
In 2010, Al Pacino starred in the biographical picture "You Don't Know Jack" playing Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who defended the human right for euthanasia. The role filled the actor’s collection with "Emmy" and "Golden Globe" awards. Present at the premiere Kevorkian highly appreciated Al Pacino’s play.
In 2011 Al Pacino performed in unusual for him comedy genre with a cameo in the picture “Jack and Jill” with Adam Sandler. The experience was unsuccessful - the actor received an anti-award "Golden Raspberry" in the nomination for "The worst male role of the second plan."
Among the latest successful films starring Al Pacino are the touching and sad pictures "Danny Collins" and "Manglehorn", which were released in 2014.
In 2016, the premiere of the thriller by Japanese director Shintaro Shimosawa "Misconduct" took place, where the main roles were also played by Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel.
Al Pacino’s personal lifeAl Pacino never liked to advertise his personal life, though it was very, very rich. At the dawn of his movie career, he met another starting actress, Jill Clayburgh.
Their romantic relationship lasted five years, but in 1971, on the set of the first part of “The Godfather”, Al Pacino twisted the affair with his colleague on the set Diane Keaton, who played the girlfriend of Michael Corleone. In 1974, after the premiere of the second part, their romantic relationship ended.
In 1977, Al Pacino dated Marthe Keller, who played his partner Lillian in the film "Bobby Deerfield" The romance didn’t last long, but the actors stayed friends.
In 1989, Al Pacino's daughter Julie Marie was born from a teacher of acting Jan Tarrant.
In 1996, Al Pacino was in close relationship with the star of the "National Lampoon's Vacation " Beverly D'Angelo, who gave birth to his twin Anton James and Olivia Rose in 2001. Despite common children, the actors stopped communicating in 2003.
Al Pacino has repeatedly stated that being a father is the best thing that happened in his life. He always made up his working schedule in a way to spend time with children as much as possible.
Even in old age, Al Pacino continued maintaining the image of a handsome lovelace. So in 2013, he shocked fans with a romance with 33-year-old Latin American model Lucila Solá.
Al Pacino nowadaysIn 2019, Quentin Tarantino’s thriller Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was released, which brought together such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie on the set. Al Pacino played a supporting role in it.
In addition, in the same year, the premiere of "Irish" Martin Scorsese, where the actor was already assigned one of the main roles, along with Robert De Niro. In 2020, Al Pacino starred in the series "Hunters" as Meyer Offerman.
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