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Al Pacino Biography

Birth Name:
Alfredo James Pacino
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of high school at 17 to study acting in New York City at the HB Studio and the Actors Studio
  • Early jobs included usher at Carnegie Hall and stand-up comic
  • Breakthrough role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) was originally offered to Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty and Ryan O'Neal
  • Turned down starring roles in Pretty Woman (1990), Apocalypse Now (1979) and Kramer vs
  • Kramer (1979)
  • First love is theater, especially Shakespeare; directed a feature-length documentary in 1996 called Looking for Richard, about his staging of Richard III
  • Received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007
  • Lost weight to portray Jack Kevorkian in the 2010 HBO movie You Don't Know Jack; didn't meet Kevorkian until the night before the premiere of the film

Awards

  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Truer Than Fiction Award: nominated
  • 1996Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: winner
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1992Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1992Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1991BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1990Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1980Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1979Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1976BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1976Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1976BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1975Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1975BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1975Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1974Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1974Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1973Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1973National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1973BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated
  • 1973BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1972National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1972National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner

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