Monday, June 23, 2008
Al Pacino is an American award-winning actor and director regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in all film history. The son of Italian-Americans Rose and Salvatore Alfred Pacino, he was born on April 25, 1940 in East Harlem, Manhattan. His parents separated when he was only two years old.
Al Pacino started his acting career in 1966, when he made it to the prestigious Actors Studio and studied acting under the legendary Lee Strasberg. He finally made fame for himself when he won the Obie Award, for the stage play The Indian Wants the Bronx. He then bagged the Tony Award for Does the Tiger Wear Necktie? In 1969, Al Pacino starred in his first movie Me, Natalie. He then followed it by his junkie role in the 1971 The Panic in Needle Park. But it was in 1972 that Al Pacino landed a role that would forever earn him the respect of his fellow actors. He was chosen as cast of the Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather, playing Michael Corleone, which is considered to be one of the most sought-after roles in film history. The role earned Pacino his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. With his newly established fame, Pacino could have chosen easier roles for money, but he chose to support more important films instead, such as Serpico (1973) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Because of his brave choice of roles, he was nominated for three consecutive years as Best Actor in the Academy Award. After a series of unsuccessful movies, Pacino once again returned in the big screen, playing a vicious gangster role in the 1983 Scarface. The film cemented Pacino’s reputation as a highly respected actor. His comedic role in Dick Tracy (1990) earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. It was also in this year that he made his return as Michael Corleone in The GodFather: Part III. The following year, he did a romantic role in Frankie and Johnny. In 1992, Pacino finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his stunning performance in Scent of a Woman. This was then followed by a series of films with more comfortable roles for Pacino including Carlito’s Way (1993), Heat (1995), Looking for Richard (1996), City Hall (1996), Donnie Brasco (1997), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), The Insider (1999), and Any Given Sunday (1999).