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Al Pacino (born 25.4.1940) Al Pacino is a highly revered American actor, best known for his roles in Scarface and The Godfather trilogy.

Childhood: Al Pacino was born in Manhattan, New York City. His parents were Italian-Americans, Rose and Salvatore. They divorced when Al was two years old. Al Pacino's acting school was The School of Performing Arts: A Division of the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts. The school was in New York City and was also attended by Robert De Niro.

Following further acting training from Lee Strasberg, Pacino won an Obie Award for his role in The Indian Wants The Bronx. He also won a Tony Award for Does The Tiger Wear a Necktie? His debut film appearance was in 1969's Me, Natalie. The film did not receive a great deal of attention.

Rise to Fame: In 1971, Al Pacino played a heroin addict in The Panic in Needle Park. It was this film that brought him to Francis Ford Coppola's attention. He went on to play Michael Corleone in Coppola's The Godfather (1972). Pacino beat the likes of Robert Redford, Robert De Niro and Warren Beatty to the role. He also starred in the 1974 sequel and the final part of the trilogy, in 1990.

In the 1970s, Pacino was prolific, starring a number of films. Among the most notable were Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico - both of which saw him nominated for Best Actor Oscars - and Bobby Deerfield, which earned him a Golden Globe Nomination.

The 1980s started out badly for Al Pacino, with Cruising and Author! Author! both condemned by the critics. In 1983, though, Brian De Palma's Scarface was released. Although it was a slow-burner amongst the press, it was a box office hit and Pacino gained another Golden Globe Award for his role as Tony Montana.

Following more unsuccessful film appearances, Pacino focused on stage work for the rest of the decade, appearing in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and in 1988's Julius Caesar. Most notably, he appeared in David Mamet's American Buffalo. In 1989, Al Pacino returned to movie work with Sea of Love.

The following year, Pacino kicked off the 1990s with another Oscar nomination. This time, it was for his role as Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy. In 1991, he appeared alongside his Scarface co-star, Michelle Pfeiffer, again in Frankie and Johnny.

Al Pacino finally won the Best Actor nomination for his role as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman, released in 1992.

The 1990s continued to be a lucrative time for Al Pacino, with films such as Carlito's Way, The Insider and Donnie Brasco all earning the actor a degree of critical praise. In 1995, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino shared screen time together for the very first time in Michael Mann's Heat. He followed this with 1997's The Devil's Advocate, in which he played Satan and Oliver Stone's 1997 film Any Given Sunday.

In 2003, Pacino starred in the miniseries adaptation of Angels In America, the play written by Tony Kushner. He went on to play Shylock in the film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice.

In 2006, the American Film Institute awarded Pacino with their Life Achievement Award.

In 2008, Pacino starred in 88 Minutes, a critical and financial failure. The follow up to this, for Pacino, was the film Righteous Kill, which saw him team up with De Niro yet again, as well as the rapper 50 Cent and the skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.

Personal Life: In 1961, aged 21, Pacino was arrested and detained for three days in Rhode Island when he was suspected of carrying a concealed weapon. It later transpired that the weapon in question was in fact a prop from a movie set.

Al Pacino has three children. The eldest, Julie Marie (b.1989), is mothered by Jan Tarrant, an acting coach. His twins, Anton James and Olivia Rose (b.2001) are from his relationship with ex-girlfriend Beverley D'Angelo.



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'Danny Collins' Is a Risk that Paid Off for Al Pacino


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The trailer may have come across as a bit of a schmaltz-fest, though Al Pacino's curiously titled Danny Collins appears to have won over the critics. Pacino stars as an aging rocker whose manager uncovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon, forcing him to change the course of his life and embark on a journey to rediscover his family and find true love.

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The film's development dates back in 2010, when Steve Carell was attached to play the rocker's son but ultimately dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Jeremy Renner took that role while Julianne Moore also joined the film. Both dropped out and were replaced with Bobby Cannavale and Annette Bening, respectively, with Jennifer Garner and Christopher Plummer also joining the cast.

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Al Pacino Admits He's A Fan Of Tom Hanks 'I've Written Him Fan Mail!'


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He might be famous for being an Oscar winning gangster actor, but Al Pacino takes on a role a little out of his comfort zone with 'Danny Collins'; a biographical movie about an up and coming musician inspired by John Lennon, who later receives a letter from his hero some 40 years after it was actually written.

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Pacino has already confessed to having reservations about the eponymous part because it involves singing, but there was definitely certain attractions in the character's personality that gripped him nonetheless; mainly the fact that the script reminded him of the kind of movie that one of his favourite actors Tom Hanks would get involved with.

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Al Pacino Apologizes for Singing in New Movie 'Danny Collins'


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Al Pacino has apologized for the singing in his latest movie Danny Collins, saying he felt terrible stage fright during filming and forgot the words to one particular song. Joking at the movie's premiere at London's Ham Yard Hotel, the Oscar-winner said: "I'm sorry about the singing, I had to do it for the part."

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"I'll tell you the one thing you learn about singing in front of an audience, is it's really hard to hold onto the words. You forget them because you're so nervous.

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American actor Al Pacino who has starred in movies such as 'The Godfather' and 'Scarface' was snapped as he dined out at Scott's restaurant in London, United Kingdom - Monday 18th May 2015

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Al Pacino - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to Ed Sullivan Theater ahead of their interviews on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 14th May 2015

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A Week In Movies: Insurgent And Danny Collins Premiere In New York, While Do You Believe Bows In Los Angeles. New Trailers Appear For Max, Paper Towns And Pixels


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Before hitting cinemas this weekend, Insurgent held its New York premiere on Monday with a line-up of stars including cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ashley Judd, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Suki Waterhouse and Zoe Kravitz.

Photos - Premiere of 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' Ziegfeld Theatre - New York 

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Al Pacino - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the New York premiere of 'Danny Collins' which was held at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 18th March 2015

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American actor Al Pacino was spotted as he got out of his car and headed in to the WNYC Radio studios wearing a black, full length overcoat in Manhattan, New York, United States - Thursday 22nd January 2015

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Al Pacino Meets with Marvel's Kevin Feige - But What's the Project?


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Al Pacino has revealed that he has met with Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige about a potential project. Though the meetings don't appear to have amounted to much yet, Pacino thinks Feige has something on his mind.

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In an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Pacino confirmed the meeting with Feige, joking, "It's a Marvel how these things happen," he joked.

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Natalie Portman Joins Likes Of Meryl Streep & Kevin Spacey In Paying Tribute To Mike Nichols


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Natalie Portman has paid tribute to the late director Mike Nichols.

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Natalie Portman at the Childrens' Hospital Gala in Los Angeles in October 2014.

Read More: The Life and Career of Late Director Mike Nichols.

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Danny Collins - Trailer


1970s rocker Danny Collins (Al Pacino) has earned a reputation for himself as a sell-out. He hasn't written a song for years, and his family has been left behind while he embarks upon the life of a true rock star. But when his manager reveals a previously lost handwritten letter from John Lennon, instructing Collins to remember who he is and not lose himself. Wondering what could have happened if he had actually received the letter 40-years-ago, Collins embarks on a journey to rediscover his family and find out just what made him famous in the first place.

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Al Pacino - Al Pacino and Lucila Sola at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 17th November 2014

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Interstellar Is A New Genre For Nolan


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Over the past 15 years, Christopher Nolan has proven himself as a master of intelligent filmmaking, generally sticking to the psychological thriller genre while mixing in action and brain-bending flourishes. And now with Interstellar he has left the confines of Earth's gravity to head into science-fiction for the first time.

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Intriguingly, Nolan has still maintained his commitment to in-camera effects even in this genre, refusing to indulge in flashy digital trickery just because he can. Like his last few films, he has also shot portions of the film in Imax, massive screen imagery photographed on film, not digitally, which gives the entire movie an earthy texture that's intriguingly realistic. This also focusses even the most existential and scientific discussions squarely on the characters.

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Al Pacino Is At His Best In The Humbling


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It is most definitely not life imitating art as Al Pacino takes on the role of a washed-up actor in his latest film, The Humbling. Barry Levinson’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s final novel casts Pacino as a flat-lining performer with no hope who needs revitalising.

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Al Pacino is at the top of his game playing an actor who has lost his way

His character, Simon Axler, struggles to separate life from fiction during a particularly difficult King Lear scene.

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The Humbling Trailer


"All the world's a stage, and the men and women merely players". Or so thinks Simon Axler (Al Pacino), a washed up aged actor who struggles to distinguish real life from the stage. With no money and all but no dignity left, his agent is desperate to help him get a new job advertising. Then he meets Pegeen (Greta Gerwig), the daughter of a close friend. As his flirtation is returned, Simon is more than confused to discover that Pegeen is a lesbian. Through a web of hilarious deception, Simon is warned to stay away, yet his odd relationship with Pegeen blossoms into something both self-destructive and moving. 

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