Al Pacino is a famous Hollywood actor and filmmaker. He is one of the finest and greatest actors in the American film industry. In his over five decades of career, Al Pacino acted in some famous films. Some of the memorable performances were – The God Father Trilogy, Scarface, Scent of a Woman, and many more. Known for his commendable and intense performance, this legendary actor has amazing facts which may surprise.
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|Full name||Alfredo James Pacino|
|Date of birth||25th April 1940|
|Place of birth||New York City, New York, U.S.A|
|Education||HB Studio and Actors Studio|
|Profession||Actor and filmmaker|
|Spouse/Partners||Jan Tarrant(1988-1989),Baverly D’Angelo(1997-2003),Lucila Polak (2008-2018)|
|Children||Julie Marie,Anton James,Olivia Rose|
|Charges per film||$10 million based on film production and network.|
|Residence||Hollywood Hills, California|
|Notable work||The Godfather triology, Scarface, Serpico,Scent of a Woman, Insomnia(2002)etc|
|Net worth||$165 million(as of June 2019)|
Childhood was not so easy–
1. Al Pacino was born to an Italian American parents Salvatore Pacino and Rose Gerardi in East Harlem, New York City in 1940.
2. His father was from San Fratello, Sicily.
3. His grandparents had connections from Corleone, Sicily, Italy.
4. In hid childhood he was named “Sonny” to his friends.
5. He was very much fond of football and often called “The Actor” among friends.
6. At the age of 17, he was dropped out of high school and auditioned for the High School of Performing Arts and got admission there.
7. He had to leave his house because of the difference with his mother about his acting career.
8. During his struggle days, he worked as a postal clerk, busboy, messenger. During his stays in the Bronx, he often slept in streets, theaters, and some friend’s houses.
9. He lost his mother at the age of 22 and became so distressed.
10. His base acting methods started when he got admission in HB Studio and Actors Studio.
Always passionate about theatre–
1. His major play was Indian Wants the Bronx by Israel Horovitz in 1968. He has even performed that play in Italy. This performance gave him the Best Actor Award for Obie Award.
2. His first Tony Award was come by Don Petersen’s “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” on 20th April 1969. This play was his first Broadway debut.
3. In 2016 he performed in a play called China Doll written by American playwright David Alan Mamet
Awesome carer in Films and Television–
1. His first television debut was ABC’s NYPD series called “Deadly Circle of Violence”.
1. Al Pacino’s debut film was an Independent film Me, Natalie in 1969.
2. It was Pacino’s drug addict role in the film “The Panic in Needle Park” which brought him to the notice of director Francis Ford Coppola.
3. Coppola cast him in The God Father movie instead of great actors like Robert de Niro, Jack Nicholson. Which made many executives not feel good. Al though Francis Ford Coppola was eager to cast Al Pacino then a newcomer to the industry.
4. He referred by the producers of The God Father as a “the midget Pacino”.
5. The God Father made Al Pacino a star and that film won three Academy Awards in 45 th Academy Wards and received seven nominations in 1973. In 1972 it was the highest-grossing film of the year.
6. In the first part of the God Father Al Pacino made only $35000 but during film second installation he charged $7 million. It was difficult to make him satisfied with the script also, Coppola worked day and night to make some changes in the script. At last Al Pacino got $5 million-plus 10 percent net gross.
7. His notable acting includes an NYPD officer who exposed the corruption in police depart. This memorable performance was based on a real-life police officer Frank Serpico. For this performance, Al Pacino received a nomination for the 1974 Academy Award in Best Actor category.
8. Finally the Academy Award for best actor brought by the film Scent of a Woman. The character of a blind retired Lieutenant colonel was one of the best actings during his career.
9. Apart from these successes, he holds some regrets for rejecting films that became so popular. Films rejected by him and later became popular were – Role of Han Solo in Stars Wars- Episode 4 Apocalypse Now(1979), Kramer vs Kramer(1979), Pretty Woman(1990), Born on the Fourth of July(1989). Till now he regrets rejecting a cult film “The Usual Suspects”. This film won two Academy Awards in two categories in 68th Academy Awards.
10. He maintained a great friendship with his mentor and best friend Lee Strasberg.
In 1974 movie The Godfather Part2 Lee played a gangster role along with his student Al Pacino. This performance received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1975.
Performed behind the camera–
Pacino also tried his luck in direction. Till now he directed three films and a play – Chinese Coffee(a play in 2000), Looking for Richard(1996), Salome(2013), Wilde Salome(2011).
Bachelor with three children–
Al Pacino has a daughter Julie Marie born in 1989, with acting coach Jan Tarrant. He has twins a son and a daughter with actress Beverly D”Angelo. Son Anton James and Daughter Olivia Rose were born on January 25th, 2001.
He also had ten years of relationship with Argentine actress Lucila Polak.
Have some best hobbies–
Besides acting he prefers reading. Al Pacino is an avid fan of Opera.
Some fun facts about him–
1. Al Pacino publicly announced that his all-time favorite actress is Julie Christie.
2. During an interview with AFN, he mentioned his most favorite movies Singin’ in the Rain(1952), The Tree of Wooden Clogs(1978).
3. During the filming of Serpico, he was so involved in the character. He even pulled over a taxi driver and threatened to arrest him, because of the excessive exhaust fumes coming out of the vehicle rig.
4. He received a Worst Supporting Actor Award for the 2011 film “Jack and Jill”.
5. He was not so impressed with his Italian name that once he was thinking to change his name into “Sonny Scott”.
6. In The Godfather 2 movie, two legendary actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro acted in the movie but never shared a scene.