Al Pacino has starred in countless iconic roles since he found his way into the entertainment industry. Known for his intense and compelling performances, Pacino captivated many with roles in movies like The Godfather, Scarface, and NYPD. With a career spanning five decades, Al Pacino is undeniably a legend and has achieved feats that not many actors achieve in their careers.
Here are a few little-known facts about Al Pacino
1. Al Pacino shares a lot in common with Robert DeNiro. The two are of Italian-American heritage and were born in New York City in the 1940s. Both were co-stars in The Godfather Part II, but did not share any scenes. They eventually starred together in the 199 film Heat. Both have gone on to work together on more projects such as Righteous Kill and The Irishman.
2. Pacino was born in the the borough of Manhattan in New York City. He spent his formative years in the Bronx following the divorce of his parents when he was just 2 years old.
3. Pacino had a tough childhood but credits most of his success to his grandmother and mother In an interview, he said:
“I grew up in a family with three women and a grandfather. My mother, her younger sister, and my grandmother. And they ruled. They all did. And it was a very exciting time in the South Bronx, where I came from. We were very poor, but I was very lucky, because when things got hot, I got out of there. I went to the streets and had adventures. It was tough for me growing up, I will say. But pretty much my grandmother, she ruled. And my mother was second. They were relatively young. My mother had me young. I owe a lot to that period in my life. I owe a lot to those women and my grandfather.”
4. Pacino’s iconic role as Michael Corlone in The Godfather was unexpected. The film’s producers did not want him to play the role at first but he eventually beat like more established stars like Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, and Jack Nicholson to play the role.
5. Pacino is a proud father of three. He has a daughter with acting coach Jan Tarrant named Julie Marie. He is also a father of a twins, daughter Olivia Rose and son Anton James, who he had with with actress Beverly D’Angelo.
6. At age 17, Pacino dropped out of high school. This decision disappointed his mother and ultimately, led Pacino to leave the family home. He had to work odd jobs to support himself,
7. Pacino’s first on-screen appearance was on an episode of the ABC television police drama N.Y.P.D.
8. His first movie role was in the 1969 film Awake and Sing. Two years later, he got the lead role in the 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park. This brought him a lot of attention most notably from director Francis Ford Coppola, who would later cast Pacino in The Godfather films.
9. Pacino is one of the few actors who have been nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year.
10. Pacino has won numerous awards but one that he isn’t particularly proud of is his Razzie “win” for Worst Supporting Actor in the critically panned 2011 film Jack and Jill.
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