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  • Was voted the Number 1 greatest movie star of all time in a Channel 4 (UK) poll.
  • Ranked #4 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. (October 1997)
  • Was arrested in January 1961, charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Son of Salvatore Pacino (insurance agent) and Rose Pacino (she died when Al was 22).
  • He has a daughter, named Julie Marie, with acting teacher Jan Tarrant.
  • Dropped out of school at the age of 17.
  • Favorite food is Tesco beef and onion crisps.
  • Turned down the role of Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
  • Turned down Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
  • Turned down Crimson Tide (1995).
  • Originally asked for $7 million for The Godfather: Part III (1990), a figure that so enraged director Francis Ford Coppola that he threatened to write a new script that opened with Michael Corleone's funeral. Pacino settled for $5 million.
  • Father of twins Anton and Olivia (b. 25 January 2001), with Beverly D'Angelo.
  • His grandparents originate from Corleone, Sicily.
  • Was frequently referred to as "that midget Pacino" by producers of The Godfather (1972) who didn't want him for the part of Michael Corleone.
  • Stopped a 2-pack-a-day smoking habit in 1994 to protect his voice. He now only occasionally smokes herbal cigarettes.
  • Al was so much into character (playing a plain-clothes NYC cop) while filming Serpico (1973) he actually pulled over and threatened to arrest a truck driver for exhaust pollution.
  • Is an avid fan of opera.
  • Once worked as an usher at Carnegie Hall.
  • Larry King considers Pacino's appearance on his show Larry King Live (1985) in November 1996 as one of his personal all-time favorite interviews.
  • As of 2002, his salary was around $10 million a picture.
  • One of the few Hollywood stars who has never married.
  • Despite the fact that he starred in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui for Off-Broadway scale pay (the minimum salary allowed by Actor's Equity), the production had the highest ticket price in Off-Broadway history at $100 per ticket.
  • He is one of 10 to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other nine are Barry Fitzgerald, Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx. Pacino was the second male actor, after Barry Fitzgerald, to have been nominated for both a Best Supporting Actor and a Best Actor Oscar in the same year; the third is actor Jamie Foxx in 2005. Pacino was nominated in 1993 for Scent of a Woman (1992) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992); Foxx in 2005 for Ray (2004) and Collateral (2004). Both won the Best Actor award and played blind men in their roles: Pacino as Frank Slade and Foxx as Ray Charles.
  • Won two Tony Awards: in 1969 as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and in 1977 as Best. Actor (Play) for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.
  • Won his first Oscar twenty-one years after his first nomination.
  • He and Chris Sarandon improvised their scene on the phone in the film Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
  • Studied acting under Charles Laughton.
  • He is an avid Shakespeare fan.
  • For a short while, he was the only actor to be in the #1 Best and Worst Movie on IMDb: The Godfather (1972) and Gigli (2004)
  • In a Playboy magazine interview, he claimed that he was fired from his job as a movie theater usher while walking down the staircase and admiring himself in the mirrored wall.
  • Portrayed crime bosses in The Godfather Trilogy, Scarface (1983) and Dick Tracy (1990).
  • In 2004 he became the eighteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of Acting. Oscar: Best Actor, Scent of a Woman (1992); Tonys: Best Supporting Actor-Play Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969) and Best Actor-Play The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1977); and Emmy: Best Actor-Miniseries/Movie, Angels in America (2003).
  • Pacino was rejected repeatedly by studio heads while auditioning for the role of Michael in The Godfather (1972) but Francis Ford Coppola fought for him. This film was shot briskly because both the director and the leading actor were in constant fear of being fired. The film turned out to be a breakthrough for both.
  • He is the stepson of actress and make-up artist Katherin Kovin-Pacino.
  • He has four sisters: Josette, a teacher, twins Roberta and Paula, and a younger sister named Desiree, whom Pacino's father adopted whilst married to his fourth wife.
  • Was a longtime member of David Wheeler's Theatre Company of Boston, for which he performed in Richard III in Boston from Dec 1972 to Jan 1973 and at the Cort Theater in New York City from June 10 to July 15, 1979. He also appeared in their productions of Bertolt Brecht's Aurturo Ui at the Charles Theater in Boston in 1975 and later in New York and London, and in David Rabe's The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel at the Longacre Theater in New York in 1977, for which Pacino won a Tony Award. Wheeler also directed Pacino in Heathcote Williams' The Local Stigmatic for Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York City in 1976. Pacino appeared in a 1989 film of Stigmatic, directed by Wheeler that was presented at the Cinémathèque in Los Angeles.
  • Was the recipient of the 2001 Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field".
  • Won the Best Actor Obie (awarded for the best Off-Broadway performances) for The Indian Wants The Bronx in 1968. Was also nominated for a Best Actor Obie for Why Is a Crooked Letter in 1966.
  • His performance in the Broadway play Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? won him a Tony Award for Best Dramatic Supporting Actor, and a Drama Desk Award and Theatre World Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1969.
  • Turned down the lead role of Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  • While Paramount brass dithered over whether to cast him as Michael Corleone, the role that would make him a star, a frustrated Pacino signed up for the role of Mario Trantino in The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971). When Paramount finally decided to offer him the role in The Godfather (1972), they had to buy him out of his contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The role went to Robert De Niro, whom The Godfather: Part II (1974) would make a star.
  • His favorite actress is Julie Christie.
  • Premiere Magazine ranked him as #37 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
  • Grew up in the South Bronx, New York City.
  • Attended The High School of the Performing Arts until he dropped out.
  • Was John Schlesinger's original pick for Marathon Man (1976) but producer Robert Evans insisted that Schlesinger cast Dustin Hoffman instead.
  • Has a production company called Chal Productions. The "Ch" is in tribute Charles Laughton while the "Al" is for himself.
  • Worked in the mail room of Commentary magazine.
  • Shares a birthday with Talia Shire, his co-star in The Godfather films, and Hank Azaria, co-star in Heat.
  • Speaks fluent Spanish.
  • Briefly worked as a stand-up comic early in his career.
  • Early in his acting career, he considered changing his name to "Sonny Scott" to avoid being typecast by his Italian name. "Sonny" was his childhood nickname.
  • Alec Baldwin, who co-starred with Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and Looking for Richard (1996), wrote a 65 page final thesis on Al Pacino and method acting for his degree at New York University (NYU).
  • Was friends with John Cazale since they were teenagers. They starred together in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Godfather (1972)
  • He is only one of four actors to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as for The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). The others are Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), and Peter O'Toole as Henry II in Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968).
  • He and Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor Awards back-to-back. Both of them won for playing characters that had previously been played by other actors (Vittorio Gassman and Brian Cox, respectively). He and Hopkins have also both appeared in remake of a Michael Mann project. Hopkins appeared in the Manhunter (1986) remake Red Dragon (2002), and Pacino appeared in the L.A. Takedown (1989, TV) remake, Heat (1995).
  • Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger envisioned a cast of Pacino, Julie Christie and Laurence Olivier for Marathon Man (1976). Pacino has said that the only actress he had ever wanted to work with was Christie, who he claimed was "the most poetic of actresses." Producer Robert Evans, who disparaged the vertically challenged Pacino as "The Midget" when Francis Ford Coppola wanted him for The Godfather (1972) and had thought of firing him during the early shooting of the now-classic film, vetoed Pacino for the lead. Instead, Evans insisted on the casting of the even-shorter Dustin Hoffman. Christie, notoriously finicky about accepting parts, turned down the female lead, which was then taken by Marthe Keller (who became Pacino's lover after co-starring with him in Bobby Deerfield (1977)). Of his dream cast, Schlesinger only got Olivier, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Pacino has yet to co-star with Christie.
  • Turned down the role of Richard Sherman for a remake of The Seven Year Itch (1955) which was never filmed.
  • Turned down role as Michael Corleone in the Godfather videogame. (He had already signed on scarface videogame and could not do both since they have same target audience)
  • His performance as Sonny Wortzik in Dog Day Afternoon (1975) is ranked #4 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • His performance as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (1974) is ranked #20 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • His performance as Tony Montana in Scarface (1983) is ranked #74 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • His performance as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (1974) is ranked #11 on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes & Villains.
  • His performance as Frank Serpico in Serpico (1973) is ranked #40 on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes & Villains.
  • Was director Bryan Singer's first choice for the role of Dave Kujan in The Usual Suspects (1995). Pacino passed on the role and has since stated that that is the role he regrets passing on the most.
  • According to the book "Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel," his favorite film of all-time is the Robert De Niro film "Bang the Drum Slowly."

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