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Al Pacino

Highest Rated:   99% The Godfather (1972)
Lowest Rated:   3% Jack and Jill (2011)
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Birthplace:   South Bronx, New York City, New York
Brooding and intense, Al Pacino has remained one of Hollywood's premier actors throughout his lengthy career, a popular and critical favorite whose list of credits includes many of the finest films of his era. Pacino was born April 25, 1940, in East Harlem, NY. Raised in the Bronx, he attended the legendary High School for Performing Arts, but dropped out at the age of 17. He spent the next several years drifting from job to job, continuing to study acting and occasionally appearing in off-off-Broadway productions. In 1966, Pacino was accepted to train at the Actors' Studio, and after working with James Earl Jones in The Peace Creeps, he starred as a brutal street youth in the off-Broadway social drama The Indian Wants the Bronx, earning an Obie Award as Best Actor for the 1967-1968 theatrical season. A year later, he made his Broadway debut in Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie? Although the play itself closed after less than 40 performances, Pacino was universally praised for his potent portrayal of a sociopathic drug addict, and he won a Tony Award for his performance. Pacino made his film debut in the 1969 flop Me, Natalie. After making his theatrical directorial debut with 1970's Rats, he returned to the screen a year later in Panic in Needle Park, again appearing as a junkie. (To prepare for the role, he and co-star Kitty Winn conducted extensive research in known drug-dealer haunts as well as methadone clinics.) While the picture was not a success, Pacino again earned critical raves. Next came Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 Mafia epic The Godfather. As Michael Corleone, the son of an infamous crime lord reluctantly thrust into the family business, Pacino shot to stardom, earning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his soulful performance. While the follow-up, 1973's Scarecrow, was received far less warmly, the police drama Serpico was a smash, as was 1974's The Godfather Part II for which he earned his third Academy Award nomination. The 1975 fact-based Dog Day Afternoon, in which Pacino starred as a robber attempting to stick up a bank in order to finance his gay lover's sex-change operation, was yet another staggering success.The 1977 auto-racing drama Bobby Deerfield, on the other hand, was a disaster. Pacino then retreated to Broadway, winning a second Tony for his performance in the title role in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. Upon returning to Hollywood, he starred in ...And Justice for All, which did not appease reviewers but restored him to moviegoers' good graces. Pacino next starred in William Friedkin's controversial Cruising, portraying a New York City cop on the trail of a serial killer targeting homosexuals; it was not a hit, nor was the 1982 comedy Author! Author! Brian DePalma's violent 1983 remake of Scarface followed; while moderately successful during its initial release, the movie later became a major cult favorite. Still, its lukewarm initial reception further tarnished Pacino's star. However, no one was fully prepared for the fate which befell 1985's historical epic Revolution; made for over $28 million, the film failed to gross even $1 million dollars at the box office. Pacino subsequently vanished from the public eye, directing his own film, The Local Stigmatic, which outside of a handful of 1990 showings at the Museum of Modern Art was never screened publicly. While his name was attached to a number of projects during this time period, none came to fruition, and he disappeared from cinema for over four years. Finally, in 1989, Pacino returned with the stylish thriller Sea of Love; the picture was a hit, and suddenly he was a star all over again. A virtually unrecognizable turn as a garish gangster in 1990's Dick Tracy earned him a sixth Oscar nomination, but The Godfather Part III was not the financial blockbuster many anticipated it to be. The 1991 romantic comedy Frankie and Johnny was a success, however, and a year later Pacino starred in the

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
7% Misconduct
  • Abrams
2016
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic
  • Michael Corleone
2016
49% Manglehorn
  • A.J. Manglehorn
$64.1k 2015
78% Danny Collins
  • Danny Collins
$4.3M 2015
51% The Humbling
  • Producer
  • Simon Axler
2015
93% Casting By
  • Actor
$14.5k 2013
80% Wilde Salomé
  • King Herod
  • Director
2013
73% Despicable Me 2
  • Eduardo
$368.1M 2013
49% Phil Spector
  • Phil Spector
2013
37% Stand Up Guys
  • Val
$3.4M 2013
No Score Yet Dali & I: The Surreal Story
  • Salvador Dali
2012
3% Jack and Jill
  • Himself
$74.2M 2011
16% The Son of No One
  • Detective Charles Stanford
$29.4k 2011
No Score Yet You Don't Know Jack
  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian
2010
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
  • Actor
2009
19% Righteous Kill
  • Rooster
$40.0M 2008
5% 88 Minutes
  • Jack Gramm
$17.0M 2008
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Willie Banks
$78.9M 2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
22% Two for the Money
  • Walter Abrams
$22.9M 2005
72% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
  • Shylock
$3.4M 2004
6% Gigli
  • Starkman
$5.7M 2003
42% People I Know
  • Eli Wurman
2003
43% The Recruit
  • Walter Burke
$52.8M 2003
92% Insomnia
  • Det. Will Dormer
$67.3M 2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Chinese Coffee
  • Director
  • Harry Levine
2000
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Tony D'Amato
1999
96% The Insider
  • Lowell Bergman
1999
65% The Devil's Advocate
  • John Milton
1997
87% Donnie Brasco
  • Lefty Ruggiero
1997
No Score Yet Pitch
  • Actor
1997
81% Looking for Richard
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Richard III
1996
54% City Hall
  • Mayor John Pappas
1996
No Score Yet Pacino - An Actor's Vision
  • Director
  • Actor
1996
86% Heat
  • Vincent Hanna
1995
40% Two Bits
  • Grandpa
1995
80% Carlito's Way
  • Carlito Brigante
1993
88% Scent of a Woman
  • Lt. Col. Frank Slade
1992
94% Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Ricky Roma
1992
78% Frankie & Johnny
  • Johnny
1991
83% Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Himself [uncredited]
1991
64% Dick Tracy
  • Big Boy Caprice
1990
No Score Yet The Local Stigmatic
  • Producer
  • Graham
1990
No Score Yet The Godfather Part III: 2008 Digitally Remastered Edition
  • Actor
1990
77% Sea of Love
  • Det. Frank Keller
1989
10% Revolution
  • Tom Dobb
1985
No Score Yet Revolution Revisited
  • Actor
1985
82% Scarface
  • Tony Montana
$0.7M 1983
No Score Yet Author! Author!
  • Ivan Travalian
1982
50% Cruising
  • Steve Burns
1980
81% ...And Justice for All
  • Arthur Kirkland
1979
20% Bobby Deerfield
  • Bobby
1977
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
95% Dog Day Afternoon
  • Sonny
1975
97% The Godfather, Part II
  • Michael Corleone
1974
90% Serpico
  • Frank Serpico
1973
82% Scarecrow
  • Francis Lionel 'Lion' Delbuchi
1973
99% The Godfather
  • Michael Corleone
1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
  • Actor
1972
80% The Panic in Needle Park
  • Bobby
1971
No Score Yet Me, Natalie
  • Tony
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2004
89% Angels in America
2003
  • Roy Cohn
  • 2003

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