The Godfather. These are the only two words that everyone who does not know Al Pacino must know. The Godfather, considered one of the greatest films of all time, was a showpiece film with truly glorious acting achievements. Amidst the incredible cast, the legend Al Pacino could shine through. If you want 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 need.
Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in East Harlem, New York City, to Italian-American parents, Salvatore and Rose Pacino. Unfortunately, his parents 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 place that would later determine the life of Al Pacino.
Al Pacino, who had a passion for acting, was accepted after an audition at the High School of Performing Arts. He tried to finance his acting training by taking jobs as a messenger, busboy, or janitor, but eventually had to quit. However, he continued his acting career by performing in basement theaters in the New York theater underground. The actor then moved to 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 said that this was the lowest point in his life, as he lost the two most influential people in his life.
Al Pacino’s Career
After four years at HB Studio, Al Pacino has successfully auditioned for Actors Studio, a well-known and respected membership organization of professional actors, theater directors, and playwrights in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen district. At the Actors Studio, he studied “Method Acting” under the renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg, whom he credits, along with Charlie Laughton, for helping him launch his career. In 2010 he became Co-President of the Actors Studio.
Al Pacino’s foray into a paid acting career began in 1967 on the stage of the Charles Playhouse in Boston, where he appeared in Clifford Odets Awake and Sing. He also appeared in various plays and in 1969 made his Broadway debut with Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? The talented actor received excellent reviews and even won the Tony Award on April 20, 1969, winning a second Tony for his performance in The Basic Training of PavloHummel. His love for the theater continues to this day; he recently played the lead role on Broadway in China Doll in October 2015.
The talented actor made his film debut with a short performance in Me, Natalie. His theatrical appearances attracted the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola, who, despite protests and shock from the studio owners, chose Pacino to play Michael Corleone in the film that would become a blockbuster and icon of The Godfather. His performance earned him an Oscar nomination.
Al Pacino was to continue to be nominated for his performance in Serpico and the sequel to The Godfather. Over the years, his work in various films brought him further success and gained in popularity and fame. Unfortunately, his film career took a sad low in the early ’80s, but his appearance in Scarface (1983) proved to be a career highlight and a formative role.
Born in New York, he eventually won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the blind US Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman. In 2001 he received the Cecil B. DeMille Prize for his life’s work in motion pictures.
Al Pacino has an extensive filmography, which corresponds to the status of a Hollywood legend. He has won many awards throughout his career, including eight Oscar nominations, of which one was won; seventeen Golden Globe nominations, of which four were won; five BAFTA nominations, of which two were won; two Primetime Emmy awards for his work in television; and two Tony awards for his stage work.
He currently has two films in the works – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman.
Al Pacino is worth 145 million dollars. If this surprises you, you obviously haven’t followed this article. With a career spanning five decades, it should come as no surprise that the legendary actor has amassed much wealth.
Wife or Girlfriend and Kids
Al Pacino was never married, but that did not stop him from having three children. His oldest child, Julie Marie, was born in 1989 and is his daughter with acting coach Jan Tarrant. From 1996 to 2003 he also dated actress Beverly D’Angelo, with whom he fathered twins – son Anton James and daughter Olivia Rose, born on January 25, 2001. He currently has a relationship with the Argentinean actress Lucila Sola, with whom he has been dating from time to time since 2009.
As a prominent star, he has had relationships with a few co-stars, the most popular being his relationship with Diane Keaton, who was his co-star in the Godfather trilogy.
How Tall Is He?
Al Pacino is currently 1.70 m tall, his weight is stated as 75 kg. Granted, the acting legend is in good shape for his age. This is very understandable when you consider that he is still very active in an industry where looks and appearance are almost as important as talent.
His other body measurements are chest – 43 inches, arms/biceps – 14 inches, and waist – 38 inches.