Biographic by Steve McGarry for January 20, 2013
Biographic Steve McGarry Al Pacino Alfredo James Pacino was born in New York City on April 25, 1940. He worked a number of menial jobs to finance his acting studies, and eventually became an acclaimed, award-winning stage actor. His second movie, 1971's "The Panic in Needle Park, " convinced director Francis Ford Coppola to cast him as Michael Corleone in the 1972 blockbuster "The Godfather." The movie earned Pacino Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and launched him to stardom. He went on to make some of the most acclaimed films of the '70s, including the cop drama "Serpico," "the Godfather Part II," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "...and Justice for All." He created one of the screen's most memorable gangsters, drug kingpin Tony Montana, in 1983's "Scarface," and later portrayed one of its most cartoonish, Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice in 1990's "Dick Tracy," a screen adaptation of the long-running comic strip that earned Pacino his sixth Academy Award nomination. He became the first male actor to receive two Academy Award Acting nominations for two different movies in the same year with 1992's "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Scent of a Woman," winning the Best Actor Oscar for the latter. Subsequent acting credits included "Carlito's Way," "Donnie Brasco," "The Devil's Advocate" and "any Given Sunday." He earned great acclaim for 1996's "Looking for Richard," a documentary that he also directed and narrated, and he played Shylock in a 2004 adaptation of Shakespeare's "the Merchant of Venice." Two forays into TV, "Angels in America" and "You Don't Know Jack," earned Pacino Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for each. One of the most acclaimed actors in cinema history, his upcoming projects include voicing the villain in the animated "Despicable Me 2."