Born on April 25th, 1940
American actor, director and producer
Alfredo James Pacino grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. After failing his first audition to join the Actors Studio he focused on theatre and signed up for classes at the Herbert Berghof Studio. Charles Laughton, one of his teachers there, later became his mentor. He was finally admitted to the Actors Studio in 1966 along with newcomer Robert De Niro. His role as a junkie in the 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park got him noticed by Francis Ford Coppola who didn’t give producers a choice and cast him as Michael Corleone in The Godfather the following year. The movie was a huge hit and his career took off like a rocket. He starred in the other two Godfather films and teamed up with Robert De Niro a second time in Heat (1996). After being nominated six times Pacino finally won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1992 for his performance in Scent of a Woman.
An accomplished actor, Pacino has no problem sharing the screen with some of today’s hot young stars, including Colin Farrell in The Recruit and Matthew McConaughey in Two for the Money. Over the course of his 40-year career, Pacino has starred in 58 films and directed four of his own.
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