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On this Day in Movie History, April 25, 1940: Al Pacino is Born

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Alfredo James “Al” Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an American film and stage actor and director. Famous for playing mobsters, including Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy and Tony Montana in Scarface, he has also appeared as a police officer, a detective and a lawyer.

He made his feature film debut in the 1969 film Me, Natalie in a minor supporting role, before playing the leading role in the 1971 drama The Panic in Needle Park. But his major breakthrough was the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather in 1972. It earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor were for Dick Tracy and Glengarry Glen Ross. Oscar nominations for Best Actor include The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice for All and Scent of a Woman.

In addition to a career in film, he has also enjoyed a successful career on stage, picking up Tony Awards for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. A longtime fan of Shakespeare, he made his directorial debut with Looking for Richard, a quasi-documentary on the play Richard III.

Pacino has received numerous lifetime achievement awards, including one from the American Film Institute. He is a method actor, taught mainly by Lee Strasberg and Charles Laughton at the Actors Studio in New York.

Although he has never married, Pacino has had several relationships with actresses and has three children.

Other Birthdays
1930 – Paul Mazursky (director: Harry and Tonto, An Unmarried Woman, Scenes from a Mall, The Pickle, Moscow on the Hudson, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Tempest)

1946 – Talia Shire (Coppola) (actress: Godfather series, Rocky series, For Richer, For Poorer, A Century of Women, Blood Vows)

1947 – Jeffrey DeMunn (actor: Ragtime, Frances, The Shawshank Redemption, Rocket Man, The X Files, The Green Mile)

1969 – Renée Zellweger (actress: My Own Love Song, Case 39, Monsters vs Aliens, My One and Only, New in Town. Appaloosa, Leatherheads, Miss Potter. Cinderella Man)

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