The Godfather. Those are the only two words that anyone who isn’t familiar with Al Pacino needs to know. Considered one of the greatest movies ever made, The Godfather was a showcase of truly glorious performances in acting. Amidst the incredible cast, the legend that is Al Pacino was able to shine through. If you are looking to know more about the man who has over 17 Golden Globe nominations, 8 Oscar nominations, and 2 Tony awards, we have all the information you’ll need.
Alfredo James Pacino was born in East Harlem, New York City on the 25th of April, 1940, to Italian American parents, Salvatore and Rose Pacino. Sadly, his parents got divorced when he was two years old. His mother took him to The Bronx to live with his grandparents who were immigrants from Corleone, Sicily. A location that would later define Al Pacino’s life.
Al Pacino who had a passion for acting gained admission to the High School of Performing arts after an audition. He tried paying for his acting studies by taking jobs as a messenger, busboy or janitor but eventually had to drop out. He, however, continued pursuing his acting career by appearing in basement plays in New York’s theatrical underground. The actor then joined the Herbert Berghof Studio (HB Studio) where he met acting teacher, Charlie Laughton.
In 1962, his mother died at the age of 43 and the following year, his grandfather Gerardi, also died. Al Pacino has said that this was the lowest point of his life, losing of the two most influential people in his life.
Al Pacino’s Career
After four years at HB Studio, Al Pacino successfully auditioned for the Actors Studio, a well known and respected membership organization of professional actors, theatre directors, and playwrights in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. It was at Actors Studio that he studied ‘method acting’ under acclaimed acting coach, Lee Strasberg whom he credits alongside Charlie Laughton for helping him launch his career. In 2010, he became co-president of the Actors Studio.
Al Pacino’s foray into acting as a paying career started on stage in 1967 at the Charles Playhouse in Boston, performing in Clifford Odet’s Awake and Sing. He further acted in various plays, making his Broadway debut in 1969 with Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? The talented actor received excellent reviews and even won the Tony Award on April 20, 1969. He won a second Tony for his performance in The Basic Training of PavloHummel. His love of the theatre continues till now; he recently starred on Broadway in China Doll in October 2015.
The talented actor made his film debut with a brief appearance in Me, Natalie. His performances in theatre gained him the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola, who despite protest and shock from studio executives, selected Pacino to play Michael Corleone in what would become the blockbuster and iconic film, The Godfather. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Al Pacino would go on to be further nominated for his performances in Serpico and the sequel of The Godfather. He continued to enjoy success with his work in various movies down the years, growing in popularity and stardom. His movie career sadly took a dip in the early 80s but his performance in Scarface (1983) proved to be a career highlight and a defining role.
The New York native would finally win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of blind US Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman. In the year 2001, he received the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
Al Pacino has got an extensive filmography that fits the status of a Hollywood legend. He’s won many awards during his career including eight Oscar nominations, winning one; seventeen golden globe nominations, winning four; five BAFTA nominations, winning two; two primetime Emmy awards for his work in television and two Tony awards for his stage work.
Currently, has two movies in the works – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman.
Al Pacino is worth $145milion. If that surprises you, you clearly haven’t been following this article. With a career spanning five decades, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the legendary actor has amassed a lot of wealth.
Wife or Girlfriend and Kids
Al Pacino has never been married, but that didn’t stop him from fathering three children. His eldest child, Julie Marie, was born in 1989 and is his daughter with the acting coach, Jan Tarrant. He also dated the actress Beverly D’Angelo, from 1996 to 2003, with whom he fathered twins – son, Anton James and daughter, Olivia Rose, who were born on the 25th of January, 2001. He is currently in a relationship with Argentinian actress, Lucila Sola, who he has been dating on and off since 2009.
As a prominent star, he’s had relationships with a few co-stars with the most popular one being his relationship with Diane Keaton, who was his co-star in the Godfather trilogy.
How Tall Is He?
Al Pacino currently stands tall at 5ft 7in. His weight is recorded to be 75kgs. Admittedly, the acting legend is in great shape for his age. This is very understandable when you consider the fact that he is still very active in an industry that values looks and appearance almost as much as talent.
His other body measurements are Chest – 43 in, Arms/Biceps – 14 in, and Waist – 38 in.