Alfredo James Pacino
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Al Pacino has a residence in Beverly Hills, California, and Palisades in New York.
Al Pacino went to the Herman Ridder Junior High School. However, he was not focused on his studies and dropped out of a couple of classes. He later got enrolled at the High School of Performing Arts. But, at the age of 17, he dropped out of this school as well. His mother got furious and threw him out of the house.
To hone his acting skills, he joined the Herbert Berghof Studio (HB Studio). After studying at the HB Studio for 4 years, he managed to clear the auditions and got admitted at The Actors Studio, where he learned method acting under the tutelage of acting coach Lee Strasberg.
- Father – Salvatore Pacino (Insurance salesman and restaurateur)
- Mother – Rose Pacino (Died in 1962)
- Siblings – Josette Pacino (Older Sister) (Teacher), Paula Pacino (Older Sister), Roberta Pacino (Older Sister), Desiree Pacino (Younger Sister)
- Others – Alfio Pacino (Paternal Grandfather), Giuseppa Latteri (Paternal Grandmother), James Giacomo Gerardi (Maternal Grandfather) (Died in 1963), Kate Gerardi (Maternal Grandmother)
Al Pacino is represented by the United Talent Agency.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
72 kg or 159 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Al Pacino has dated
- Veruschka von Lehndorff – Al Pacino reportedly had a short-term affair with the German model and actress Veruschka von Lehndorff in the past.
- Jill Clayburgh – Al Pacino got into a relationship with American actress Jill Clayburgh in the late sixties. It was reported that he had moved in to live with her in the start of the seventies. However, they decided to go their separate ways by the arrival of the mid-seventies. It was reported that he had taken her out for dinner and informed her that he had fallen in love with someone else.
- Tuesday Weld (1972) – Pacino decided to dump Clayburgh because he had fallen in love with the American actress Tuesday Weld. However, their relationship didn’t last long. He would later work with her in the 1982 comedy-drama, Author! Author!
- Marthe Keller – According to reports, Pacino started going out with Swiss actress Marthe Keller in the late seventies. He had worked alongside her in the flop movie, Bobby Deerfield. They were together for about two years before deciding to split.
- Kathleen Quinlan (1979-1981) – After the end of his affair with Marthe, Pacino started dating actress Kathleen Quinlan. This relationship would last for about two years as well.
- Diane Keaton (1971-1991) – Pacino started his volatile and on-again, off-again relationship with actress Diane Keaton in the start of the 70s. They had grown fond of each other after playing an on-screen couple in the cult hit movie, The Godfather. In her later interview, she revealed that she had a crush on him by the time they started working on the movie. She had also once said that he had the most beautiful face. It is often reported that Diane was responsible for reviving his movie career after he had taken a sabbatical in the late eighties having grown tired of the fame. They eventually decided to separate for the final time in the start of the nineties after having dated on and off for nearly two decades with several affairs on both their sides providing breaks in between. It was reported that she wanted him to commit but he wasn’t ready to do so. It was also reported that she hadn’t forgiven him for having a daughter with another woman.
- Jan Tarrant – Al had a brief affair with acting coach Jan Tarrant in the late eighties. In 1989, she gave birth to their daughter, Julie Marie. It was reported by some tabloids that his affair with Tarrant led to the end of his relationship with Diane Keaton.
- Lyndall Hobbs – Al Pacino is reported to have dated Australian director Lyndall Hobbs for quite some time. Their affair was interrupted by his fling with actress Penelope Ann Miller. She stayed with Al for another three years after the news of his brief fling with Penelope made headlines. In her later interviews, Lyndall would speak glowingly about his urge to make love day and night.
- Penelope Ann Miller – Pacino started going out with actress Penelope Ann Miller after having grown very close to her during the shooting of his iconic movie, Carlito’s Way. Like many of his other lovers, she would praise his passion in bed and claimed that he stimulated certain womanliness, a sexuality, a passion in her. By all accounts, their one-year affair was certainly fiery. It was reported that she had even flaunted a ring while on the sets of the movie, leading to frantic rumors in the leading tabloids, of them having gotten engaged.
- Beverly D’Angelo (1996-2003) – Al first met actress Beverly D’Angelo on a flight from Los Angeles to New York City. They started dating in 1996 and after dating for nearly four years, they decided to go for IVF treatment. As a result of this treatment, she gave birth to twins, son Anton James and daughter Olivia Rose, in January 2001. About two years later, Pacino decided to end their relationship. It was followed by a bitter custody battle for their kids with both parties throwing verbal jabs as well as allegations in the courtroom. They eventually managed to work out their differences and have been co-parenting to make sure that their children have the best childhood.
- Lucila Solá – Al Pacino first met Argentinian actress Lucila Sola in 2005 at a dinner party. At that time, they both were dating other people. However, his twins (who were four years old) and her son (who was 7 years old) got on well at the party. So, they found themselves taking their kids to the movies together. Solá and her son often ended swimming in his pool. For about two years, there was nothing between them. They eventually started going out and Solá moved into his house in Beverly Hills.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Italian ancestry on both his parents’ sides.
Dark Brown (Natural)
But has streaks of white due to advancing age.
- Short height
- Formidable personality
- Deep and rich voice
Al Pacino has done endorsement work for the following brands
- Jeep Grand Cherokee (voiceover) (2012)
- Sky Broadband (voiceover) (2013)
- Dunkin Donuts
- Vittoria Coffee (2010)
- The ONE Campaign (2005)
- Children’s Aid Society (voiceover) (2013)
Al was baptized when he was born. But his family didn’t follow Italian Catholicism strictly. Also, it seems that he has turned agnostic over the years.
Best Known For
- Having played the leading role in some of the biggest cult hits such as The Godfather Trilogy, Scarface, and Carlito’s Way.
- Playing some of the most acclaimed performances in movies like Scent of a Woman and Dog Day Afternoon.
- Having won the triple crown of acting, which includes an Emmy, Oscar, and a Tony Award for his performances.
He made his theatrical debut in the comedy-drama movie, Me, Natalie, in 1969, playing the role of Tony.
First TV Show
In 1968, Pacino made his first TV show appearance in the Deadly Circle of Violence episode of crime drama TV series, N.Y.P.D. He played the character of John James.
Al Pacino Favorite Things
- Play – Hamlet
- Actress – Julie Christie
- Films – The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
- Actor – Charles Laughton
Source – IMDb
Al Pacino Facts
- He worked alongside his former acting coach Lee Strasberg in The Godfather Part II. Lee was cast in the lead negative role of Hyman Roth.
- His maternal grandparents had migrated to the US from the Italian town of Corleone. His character in The Godfather traced his lineage back to the same town.
- Although he struggled with academics, he was still voted as the most likely to succeed in junior high due to his extraordinary skills.
- When he was 22 years old, his mother committed suicide (she had been struggling with depression. Within a year, his maternal grandfather passed away as well. He has often considered that period of time his darkest.
- His first audition for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather was terrible as he was hungover and didn’t know his lines. He had to do the screen test three times for the role and most of them were simply bad.
- When he was eventually offered the role of Michael Corleone, he almost had to refuse it as he had signed a contract with MGM for an adaptation of Jimmy Breslin’s book and they weren’t prepared to release him.
- When the acclaimed playwright and director Israel Horovitz went on to plead Pacino’s case with movie producers, they told him that they would only release him on the condition that he must find an equally talented actor of Italian origin for them. He then led them to Robert de Niro.
- Even after he was hired for Michael’s role, the movie producers wanted to fire him. Fortunately, he had to do the Sollozzo scene (in which he kills two men) at that time, and his performance in the scene convinced the producers that they had found a star actor.
- He had originally asked for the fee of $7 million to reprise his role in The Godfather III. The movie director Francis Ford Coppola was so incensed that he told Pacino that the movie would open with a scene of Michael Corleone’s funeral. He agreed to work for $5 million.
- Over the years, he has turned some huge roles such as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer. He also turned down an opportunity to work in Pretty Woman, Apocalypse Now and Crimson Tide.
- He started smoking at the age of 9 and by the eighties, he was smoking four packs a day. He eventually gave up smoking in 1994 to protect his voice. At that time, he was smoking two packs a day.
- He went so deep in his character of a policeman in Serpico (1973) that he once pulled over a truck driver and threatened him with arrest for exhaust pollution.
- He was once fired from his job as a movie theater usher for admiring himself in the mirrored wall while walking down the staircase.
- He has founded the production company under the title of Chal Productions. The first two letters ‘Ch’ is a tribute to his dear friend Charlie Laughton and the suffix ‘Al’ is from his own nickname.
- He was once employed as an usher at the iconic Carnegie Hall. He was also hired to work in the mailroom of Commentary magazine. The other miscellaneous jobs he did include being a shoe shiner, supermarket checker, office boy, furniture mover, and fresh-fruit polisher.
- Earlier in his career, he found it hard to find quality work as he was typecast due to his Italian name. Briefly, he thought about adopting Sonny Scott as his screen name.
- In 2006, the Premiere magazine listed his performance as Sonny Wortzik in Dog Day Afternoon on the #4 spot in the list featuring 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. His performance in The Godfather II was placed on #20 rank in the same list.
- While growing up, he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. However, he eventually fell more in love with acting.
- He started hard drinking at the age of 9 and by the age of 13 was using casual cannabis. But having lost two of his close friends to hard drugs, he never gave it a try.
- All his life, he has battled chronic insomnia.
- In February 2012, he was honored with an American National Medal of the Arts, at the White House in Washington, D.C., in recognition of his services to the drama.
- Al Pacino was once offered a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, he never scheduled a date for the ceremony, ultimately, losing his star.
- He is not on social media.
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