AL PACINO. American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface. He has also often appeared on the other side of the law—as a police officer, a detective and a lawyer. The winner of the Best Actor Academy Award at the 65th awards for his performance as Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman. Prior to this win he had already received seven Oscar nominations. Pacino made his feature film debut in 1969 in the film Me Natalie in a minor supporting role, before playing the lead role in the 1971 drama The Panic in Needle Park. His major breakthrough came in 1972 with the iconic role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor were for Dick Tracy and Glengarry Glen Ross. Oscar nominations for Best Actor include ; The Godfather II / Serpico / Dog Day Afternoon and And Justice for All. In addition to his film career, he has enjoyed a successful career on stage, winning Tony Awards for Does A Tiger Wear a Necktie (1969) and The Basic Training (1977). A longtime fan of Shakespeare, he made his directorial debut with Looking For Richard, a quasi-documentary on the play Richard III. He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards, including one from the AFI.
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