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Al Pacino – early life

Another great movie actor which marked his existence in the movie industry. Famous for his various roles, Al Pacino is one of the biggest artists of our time. He was born in New York City on April 25, 1940, and Pacino was the only child of Sicilian immigrants, who divorced when Al was just two. After his parents have split, his father moved to California and Pacino stayed with his mother and grandparents in the Bronx. From an early year’s Al was interested into acting and later was accepted at the High School of Performing Arts. But, he wasn’t too interested in school and failed almost all classes. At age 17, he dropped out of school.

During that time, he had to work various jobs to survive and chased his dream to become an actor. Al Pacino started studying at the Herbert Berghof Studio and soon got a role in the off-Broadway production. In 1966, he was accepted at the Actors Studios and made a next step towards fulfilling his dreams. Lee Strasberg was his coach, and he worked directly under him. This lead him to work on more significant projects in 1969, mostly in Broadway production. At this point, his acting career is starting to take off, participating in plays and small movies.


But, a new film, The Panic in Needle Park, which hasn’t reach great success in 1971, set his career to a next level. A famous director, Francis Ford Coppola, took interested in him and offered him a role in his movie The Godfather. Even though Coppola had two more candidates for the role of Michael Corleone, Robert Redford, and Jack Nicholson, in the end, he decided to give this role to not very famous Al Pacino. The Godfather was released in 1972 and bought Pacino tremendous success. This movie is one of the classics for all times, and Al went to cinematic history with the role of Michael Corleone. Unfortunately, Al didn’t receive an Academy Award for this role and ended up boycotting the entire event. But, the years which were in front of him, established him as the legend among the actors.