Name : Alfredo James "Al" Pacino Born : April 25, 1940 Occupation:an Academy Award-winning American stage and film actor, regarded by many to be one of the greatest actors of his generation The start : Pacino was born in The Bronx, New York to Italian-American parents Salvatore Pacino (who was born in the Sicilian town of Corleone) and Rose Gerard (the daughter of an Italian-born father and a New York-born mother of Italian descent). His parents divorced while Pacino was still a child. His grandparents originated from Corleone, Sicily. His father Salvatore moved to Covina, California, working as an insurance salesman and owner of his own restaurant called Pacino's Lounge. Tough times forced the closure of Pacino's in the early 1990s; it's now called Citrus Grill. Salvatore passed away on January 1, 2005 at the age of 82. The journey: 70s , Pacino studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg (alongside whom he would later feature in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II), finding acting a therapeutic outlet in a youth which saw him depressed and so impoverished he could barely afford the bus fares required to get him to his next audition. Yet by the end of the decade, he had won an Obie award for his stage work in The Indian Wants the Bronx and a Tony award for Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie? His movie debut came in 1969's Me, Natalie, which went largely unnoticed (except for a boffo performance from Patty Duke). But it was the 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park, in which he played a heroin addict, that would showcase his talents and bring him to the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola Pacino's rise to fame came after portraying Michael Corleone in Coppola's blockbuster 1972 Mafia film The Godfather and Frank Serpico in the eponymous 1973 movie 80s: Pacino's career slumped in the early 1980s and his appearances in the controversial Cruising and the comedy-drama Author! Author! were critically panned. 1983's Scarface later proved to be both a career highlight and a defining role. When the film was first released, it too was hammered critically and became yet another flop at the box office. However, it did earn Pacino a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as a Cuban drug lord who (among other things) cries out the now famous line, punctuated by a grenade launcher blast, "You wanna play rough? Okay! Say hello to my little friend!". (The film was a loose remake of Howard Hawks 1932 original, which starred Paul Muni in the pivotal title role.) It wasn't until almost 20 years later, that Scarface began to find its success when a new generation embraced the film 90s: Pacino returned to film in 1989's Sea of Love, which signaled a return to form. Just a year later, he received an Oscar nomination as Big Boy Caprice in the box office hit Dick Tracy. It would take 4 more years, but in 1992 Pacino finally won an Oscar, for Best Actor, for his portrayal of the depressed, irascible, retired and blind Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Martin Brest's Scent of a Woman. That same year, he was also up for the supporting award for his role in Glengarry Glen Ross, making Pacino the first male actor ever to receive two acting nominations for two different movies in the same year, and the first actor of either gender to achieve that feat, and then proceed to win the Best Actor Oscar. (Jamie Foxx did the same in 2005.) Pacino has since turned in acclaimed performances in such crime thrillers as Carlito's Way, Heat, and Insomnia, the crime docudrama Donnie Brasco, the multi-Oscar nominated The Insider, the supernatural drama The Devil's Advocate, and others 2000s Additionally, Pacino had recently turned down the offer to reprise the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather: The Game, due to the fact that his voice had changed dramatically since he played the young Michael. As a result, Electronic Arts could not use Pacino's likeness or voice in the game (although Michael does appear in it). It is rumoured that this decision was made by Pacino due to a conflict with EA's rival game publisher, Vivendi Universal, which is preparing to publish a competing movie-to-game adaptation of the 1983 remake of Scarface, titled Scarface: The World is Yours. The qualitative consistency of Pacino's performances, as well as his larger-than-life onscreen presence, has established him as one of the world's major actors. Pacino still performs theater work and has also dabbled in directing. While The Local Stigmatic remains unreleased, his theatrical feature Looking for Richard and his film festival-screened Chinese Coffee earned good notices. Several characters essayed by Pacino are famous in popular culture. On the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains, he is only the second actor to have three appearances on both lists: on the heroes as Frank Serpico and on the villains list as Tony Montana and Michael Corleone. With takings comparatively quiet at the box-office of late, Pacino looks like stepping up a gear in 2007 with several new projects. He will star in Steven Soderbergh?s Ocean's Thirteen, alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Andy Garcia. Also scheduled for release is Rififi, a remake of the 1955 French original based on the novel by Auguste Le Breton. Pacino plays a career thief just out of prison who finds his wife has left him and so in his anger starts planning a heist trivia trivia trivia Was voted the Number 1 greatest movie star of all time in a Channel 4 (UK) poll. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (16 October 1997) Ranked #4 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. (October 1997) Was arrested in January 1961, charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Son of Salvatore Pacino (insurance agent) and Rose Pacino (she died when Al was 22). He has a daughter, named Julie Marie, with acting teacher Jan Tarrant. Dropped out of school at the age of 17. Favoruite food is Tesco beef and onion crisps. Turned down the role of Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). Turned down Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Turned down Pretty Woman (1990). Turned down Crimson Tide (1995). Originally asked for $7 million for The Godfather: Part III (1990), a figure that so enraged director Francis Ford Coppola that he threatened to write a new script that opened with Michael Corleone's funeral. Pacino settled for $5 million. His performance as Tony Montana in Scarface (1983) is ranked #74 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. His performance as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (1974) is ranked #11 on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes & Villains. His performance as Frank Serpico in Serpico (1973) is ranked #40 on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes & Villains. Was director Bryan Singer's first choice for the role of Dave Kujan in The Usual Suspects (1995). Pacino passed on the role and has since stated that that is the role he regrets passing on the most. According to the book "Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel," his favorite film of all-time is the Robert De Niro film "Bang the Drum Slowly"