Pacino began to enjoy the performance and realized I had talent while studying at the Actors Studio. However, his early works were not financially rewarding. After his success on the stage, Pacino made ​​his film debut in 1969 with a brief appearance in Me, Natalie, an independent film starring Patty Duke. In 1970, Pacino signed with talent agency Creative Management Associates (CMA).

1970s: The Godfather and Oscar nominations

His rise to stardom came from the hand of the character of Michael Corleone, who played in the saga of The Godfather (1972, 1974 and 1990). Although numerous established actors, including Robert Redford and Warren Beatty were considered for this character, Coppola selected the relatively unknown Pacino. This action got him nominated for the Academy Awards the Best Supporting Actor.

In 1973, Pacino starred in the popular Serpico, based on the true story of police incorruptible New York, Frank Serpico, who worked several years on the streets as an undercover and exposed the corruption that existed in the police department of that city. That same year he co-starred in Scarecrow, with Gene Hackman, and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1974, Pacino reprized his role as Michael Corleone in the blockbuster sequel The Godfather II. In 1975, achieved greater success with the release of Dog Day Afternoon, publicized the story of a bank robbery. The film was directed by Sidney Lumet, who also directed him in Serpico few years earlier, and both films Pacino won Oscar nominations for Best Actor.

In 1977, Pacino starred as a career aviator in Bobby Deerfield, directed by Sydney Pollack, and received a nomination for Golden Globe. During the 1970s, Pacino won four nominations for Best Actor Oscar for his performances in Serpico, The Godfather II, Dog Day Afternoon and Justice for all. Pacino continued acting in theater, and won a Tony award in that decade.

Decade of 1980

Pacino's career cinemator√°fica suffered a bit in the early 80's, and his work in On the hunt and Author! Author! were failures in the critical and box office. However, Scarface (1983), directed by Brian De Palma, Pacino's career turned for a moment at the top. In its initial release, the film was critically panned, but received good numbers at the box office, earning $ 45 million. Pacino got a nomination for Golden Globe for his role as drug dealer Cuban Tony Montana. Years later, reveal to the interviewer Barbara Walters that Tony Montana represented the best work of his career. His only film since Scarface until 1989, Revolution (1985) was widely criticized and a disaster at the box office. Pacino took refuge in the theater and worked on his more personal projects such as The Local Stigmatic, a play Off Broadway in 1969 the English writer Heathcote Williams, who starred in, and went up with director David Wheeler and the Theater Company of Boston in a movie version was filmed in New York in March 1990. He was later released as part of box set Pacino: An Actor's Vision in 2007. After that Pacino returned to the stage for four years. Mounted works as Crystal Clear and National Anthems, appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival with Julius Caesar in 1988, produced by Joseph Papp. Pacino remarked on his hiatus from the film: "I remember when everything happened, '74, '75, doing The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the theater and reading that the reason I returned to the stage was that my film career was failing! That was the origin, the way the theater received, unfortunately. " In the late 80's, Pacino returned to films in 1989 with Sea of Love, conventional thriller with a few drops of eroticism that worked at the box office and it was returned to the place where the previous decade. His greatest theatrical success of the decade was American Buffalo, of David Mamet, for which Pacino was nominated for an award Drama Desk.

Decade of 1990

Pacino received an Oscar nomination for playing Big Boy Caprice in the blockbuster movie Dick Tracy (1990), followed by a return to one of his most famous, Michael Corleone in The Godfather III (1990). In 1991, Pacino starred in Frankie and Johnny with Michelle Pfeiffer, who had co-starred with Pacino in Scarface. Finally won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Lt. Col. retired U.S. Army, Frank Slade in the blockbuster Scent of a Woman (1992). That same year, was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Glengarry Glen Ross, making Pacino the first male actor to receive two nominations for two different movies in the same year, and winning for the lead role.

During the 1990s, Pacino returned briefly to gangster roles in the acclaimed crime dramas, Carlito's Way (1993) and Donnie Brasco (1997). In 1995, Pacino starred as Lt. Vincent Hanna in Fire Fighting Fire (Heat) of Michael Mann, where he and his partner and cinematrg√°fico icon Robert De Niro appeared together onscreen for the first time (though both participated in The Godfather II, no shared no scenes). Fire against fire created great expectations because of its protagonists, and though it received favorable reviews, failed large numbers at the box office worldwide. In 1996, Pacino starred in his film Looking for Richard, and was praised for his role as Satan in the supernatural thriller The Devil / The Devil's Advocate in 1997. In 1999, Pacino starred in the sports drama Any Given Sunday of Oliver Stone and the multi Oscar-nominated The Insider of Michael Mann.


Pacino appeared in Insomnia, with Robin Williams, the film is a remake of a movie Norway the same name and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film and Pacino's work received constructive criticism and did moderately well at the box office. After he played the lawyer Roy Cohn in the miniseries for HBO in 2003, Angels in America of Tony Kushner, with the legendary Meryl Streep.

Continues his interest in film direction and Chinese Coffee earned good response, in turn, his work in theater continued successfully. In the "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains" is one of only two actors who appear on both lists: the "heroes list" as Frank Serpico and the "villains list" as Michael Corleone. Pacino gave a great performance of Shylock, the Jew greedy and ruthless, in the 2004 film based on the work of Shakespeare : The Merchant of Venice. While not a blockbuster, along with Jeremy Irons, offered interpretations of great height.

On October 20th of 2006, the American Film Institute gave Pacino the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award. On November 22, 2006, the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin Pacino honored with the Honorary Patronage society.

With box office earnings relatively smaller than previous Pacino preparing new projects. She starred in Ocean's Thirteen of Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia as the villain Willy Bank, a casino tycoon who is targeted by Danny Ocean and his companions, who seek revenge.

On June 19th of 2007 was released a box set titled Pacino: An Actor's Vision, which contains three foreign films of Al Pacino: The Local Stigmatic (Disc 1), Looking for Richard (Disc 2) and Chinese Coffee (Disc 3) and also a documentary on Pacino's entire career, Babbleonia (Disc 4).

In 2007 starred in 88 minutes, same was not on the box office. That same year premiered Righteous Kill, in which Pacino and Robert De Niro play two detectives from New York looking for a serial murderer, marking the first time the two actors involved together in the same scenes throughout the film. The tape did not get good response at the box office and by critics.

His most recent release is the film for HBO You Do not Know Jack (Do not Know Jack) with Susan Sarandon and John Goodman, where Pacino plays the Dr. Jack Kevorkian. The police drama Son of No One, which Pacino starring alongside Channing Tatum, Juliette Binoche, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes is in post production. appears as himself in the comedy Jack & Jill with Adam Sandler, directed by Dennis Dugan.

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