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Al Pacino

  • American actor
  • Born April 25, 1940

Alfredo James Pacino (; Italian: [paˈtʃiːno]; born April 25, 1940) is an American actor and filmmaker who has had a career spanning more than five decades. He has received numerous accolades and honors both competitive and honorary, among them an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a British Academy Film Award, four Golden Globe Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award and the National Medal of Arts. He is one of few performers to have won a competitive Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony Award for acting, dubbed the "Triple Crown of Acting".


That's where humour lives for me. In the body. The Steve Martin kind of stuff or Jim Carrey, that's what I like. I've always felt that's what I would like to do.




You need some insecurity if you're an actor. It keeps the pot boiling. I haven't yet started to think about retiring. I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers.




I don't ever give my opinion. Opinions I have about anything are in my personal life.




My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.




The truth is, you know, we need our anodynes. You know that word, anodynes? We need that in life some times. A good warm bath can be one for you, or a whatever.




The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful - my personal life suffers.




I remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little. There was a great big pot onstage. On the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair, and she and I were representing the Italians. And I thought: Is that what an Italian looked like?




Money makes your life easier. If you're lucky to have it, you're lucky.




There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life.




When I was younger, I would go to auditions to have the opportunity to audition, which would mean another chance to get up there and try out my stuff, or try out what I learned and see how it worked with an audience, because where are you gonna get an audience?




I was not prepared for fame. It hit me hard, and I did not have the capacity to cope.




I've never liked the recognition, the questions, the publicity. I have often felt like running away and hiding.




I'm an actor, not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools.




My dad was in the army. World War II. He got his college education from the army. After World War II he became an insurance salesman. Really, I didn't know my dad very well. He and my mother split up after the war. I was raised by my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and by my mother.




It's easy to fool the eye but it's hard to fool the heart.




I used to wear disguises, like hats and false beards, just to walk around and avoid attention.




I do believe, and I will always believe, that Shakespeare on film is really something that should be tried more often because it is an opportunity to take the humanity that Shakespeare writes into characters and express it.




Some of the roles that are challenging are more in theater and TV. In movies, there's a tendency to cast actors in roles that have been successful for them. It has to pay for itself.




My weaknesses... I wish I could come up with something. I'd probably have the same pause if you asked me what my strengths are. Maybe they're the same thing.




In America most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.




The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You're in a conversation and everybody's agreeing with what you're saying - even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don't want to hear.




The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I'm talking about.




Theater for me at one point was a lifestyle, too.




It's never really that much fun for me to do movies anyway, because you - you know, you have to get up very early in the morning and you have to go in and you spend a lot of time waiting around.




Vanity is my favourite sin.




Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted.




I've always been in the theater. I've always gone to it. That's been my way to cope. Early on in my career, I remember running - fleeing - to the theater as a way of coping with all the meshugaas that was going on for me.




Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them. That's how I saw myself, in comedy.




Most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.




I've never cared for guns. In fact, when I did 'Scent of a Woman' I had to learn how to assemble one.




All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don't think I would be on 'Dancing with the Stars,' mainly because I would be too shy.




Explain to me what Italian-American culture is. We've been here 100 years. Isn't Italian-American culture American culture? That's because we're so diverse, in terms of intermarriage.




Francis Ford Coppola did this early on. You tape a movie, like a radio show, and you have the narrator read all the stage directions. And then you go back like a few days later and then you listen to the movie. And it sort of plays in your mind like a film, like a first rough cut of a movie.




I'm so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go.




Shakespeare's plays are more violent than 'Scarface.'




It would be hard to play a character you don't like - for me anyway - or can't find something in them to like.



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