Alfred James Pacino was born in the Bronx (East Harlem), New York in the United States. He was born in April 1940 to Rose Gerard and Salvatore Alfio who divorced in 1942. He the third born in a family of four children. He is of American nationality while his parents are American-Italian. He is 5’7 feet and weighs about 159 pounds. Al Pacino is an American actor known to be the best actor on silver screen.
Al Pacino Early Life
Alfred attended Herman Ridder Junior High School, the High School of Performing Arts, Herbert Berghof Studio and the Actors Studio. In his teenager years, Al Pacino wanted to be a baseball player. He was nicknamed ‘Sonny’ by his friends in the hood. While at Herman Ridder Junior High School, he dropped out of most classes but English class. The actor was involved in drugs at a young age. Two of his best friends died of drug abuse.
When he joined the High School of Performing Arts, he also dropped out at 17 years of age. When his mother, who he grew up with, forced him to stay in school, he ran away from home. He went looking for manual jobs. He was a janitor, a messenger and a postal clerk at some point. He took these low-paying jobs to be able to pay for his studies at the High School of Performing Arts. He quite the troublemaker in the Bronx. He however joined some of the underground theatrical plays. At first, the Actors Studio rejected him.
Later on, he got into the Herbert Berghof Studio where he met Charlie Laughton, who helped train him and eventually became a mentor to Al. Yu would think that this where he got his breakthrough but not. He would now have to sleep on the street and at friends’ houses because he was unemployed and homeless.
In 1962, his mother died and the following year his grandfather, James Gerardi died. Al Pacino auditioned for the Actors Studio and the rest is history. He is currently co-president of the Actors Studio together with Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel.
Al Pacino Career Details
His career in the film industry took off in 1970s. He has acted in movies such as ‘Scarface’, ‘Carlito’s Way’, ‘Heat’, ‘Donnie Brasco’, ‘Insomnia’ and ‘The Insider’. Alfred Pacino got a nomination for Best Actor, Oscars Awards for the film ‘Serpico’ in 1973. ‘The Godfather’, ’Dog Day Afternoon’, ‘Justice for All’, got him nominated for the same award. In 1993, he received an award for his role as a blind lieutenant in the ‘Scent of a Woman’. The 78-year-old also won an Oscar for his role as John Milton in ‘The Devil’s Advocate’. The total number of Oscars he has taken home is four.
Alfred Pacino received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in two television series: ‘Angels in America’ and ‘You don’t Know Jack’. Some of the documentaries he has done include ‘Wild Salome’, ‘looking for Richard’, ‘America: A Tribute to Heroes’, ‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’ and ‘Pitch’.
Al Pacino Personal Life And Family
Alfred Pacino has had his fare in the dating scene. He has enjoyed his bachelorhood too much to get married but has had three children. In the 60s, the actor had romantic relations with actors such as Lyndall Hobbs, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Carmen Cervera, Kathleen Quinlan, Marthe Keller, Jill Clayburgh and Tuesday Weld.
In the 70s, he dated Diane Keaton on and off for a protracted period. Keaton at the time was an actor and co-starred with Alfred in the film, ‘The Godfather’. In 1980s, he took leave from the film scene citing alcoholism. This forced him to join the Alcoholics Anonymous Society. By the time he left the rehabilitation centre, he stopped abusing cigarettes and alcohol. He had his daughter with his prospect wife, Jan Tarrant. Julie Marie Pacino was born in October 1989. Julie is a Hollywood producer and director. He had twins with Beverly D’Angelo, one named Anton James and the other Olivia Rose, born in January 2001.
Al Pacino Net Worth
From his acting career and filmmaking, he has made a fortune. His net worth is approximately 165 million dollars. He is a man of fancy taste when it comes to automobiles. The actor owns a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Cadillac CTS, a Range Rover Vogue, Mercedes SLS Class and a Lexus GX.