Al Pacino: from a Poor Kid Grow Up in the Bronx, to a Legendary Film Icon

Topics: Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, The Godfather Pages: 2 (691 words) Published: April 25, 2012
1) Attica, Attica. You broke my heart Fredo. Say hello to my little friend. Forget about it. All of these quotes are credited to one actor. An actor who has entertained movie-goers and theater buffs for more than 40 years. An actor who at one point in his career was nominated for an Academy Award in four consecutive years, which is an Academy Award record. His list of films reads like a bucket list of movies to watch before you die. The Godfather I and II, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, and Scent of a Woman is just a small sample of films which have earned this man critical acclaim and box office fame. It is with great pleasure and reverence I present to you, Al Pacino.

2) Al Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York. 1) When he was three years old, he and his mother moved to the South Bronx, which he claims as his hometown. 2) In 1966 he was granted admission to the prestigious Actors Studio where he was taught by renowned actor and coach, Lee Strasburg. 3) The lessons paid off quickly for Al Pacino.

4) In 1967 he won an OBIE award (equivalent to an Off-Broadway Tony), and in 1968, he won a Tony award for “Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie”. 1) In 1971, Al got a shot in a feature film called “The Panic in Needle Park” where he plays a junkie who gets trapped in the ups and downs of dealing heroin. 1) This performance led him into the role that would propel him to greatness, the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. 2) The network executives didn’t want Pacino to play the youngest son to Marlon Brando’s Vito Corleone, but at the insistence of Brando, and director Francis Ford Coppola, Al won the part. 1) This was the first of four consecutive Oscar nominations, and eight total for his career. 2) After portraying a real New York City undercover detective in Serpico in 1973, and reprising his role as Michael Corleone in 1974’s The Godfather II, Al’s next role was a huge departure from his usual...
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