As with most successful actors, Al Pacino’s drive to succeed was strong. He worked hard to achieve the dream of becoming an actor even if it meant working odd jobs and crashing on friends’ couches in his early days. Al Pacino would become one of the most recognized actors in the world. He’s had a successful 5 decade career and has won many awards. Here’s how Al Pacino achieved a net worth of $165 million.
Alfredo “Sonny” Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 to Italian Americans in East Harlem, New York. When His parents divorced when he was just a toddler, Al would live with his mother Rose and her parents, Kate and James Gerardi, Sicilian immigrants while Al’s dad moved to California and worked as a salesman.
Drive to become an actor
Al Pacino grew up in the Bronx. He hated school and often got into trouble, but he was drawn to baseball and acting. While he dreamed of becoming a baseball player, he was also drawn to school plays. Pacino dropped out of high school but gained admission to The High School of Performing Arts. His mother was displeased and Pacino left home. He took jobs including a janitor and a busboy while studying acting.
Pacino worked hard to craft his acting style while working odd jobs and sometimes sleeping on The streets or on friends’ couches. He auditioned for the famed “Actors Studio” but was not accepted. He would later be accepted and would become the Actors Studio co-president. Pacino did join The Herbert Berghof Studio and worked with Hhs acting teacher Charlie Laughton. After studying at HB Studio for 4 years, Pacino auditioned again for The Actors Studio and was successful. He studied Method Acting under Lee Strasberg. In The meantime, Pacino’s beloved mother and grandfather passed away when he was just 22 years old. The loss would greatly affect Pacino, but drove him further to become a successful actor.
Success in Theater
During The 1960’s, Al Pacino worked in The theater. He appeared in two plays in 1967 at The Charles Playhouse in Boston, Massachusetts. He returned to New York City in 1968 and appeared at The off Broadway Astor Place Theater in Israel Horovitz’s “The Indian Wants The Bronx” which would later travel to Italy. He would win His first Obie Award for The role. He signed with manager Martin Bregman who would be instrumental in getting Pacino roles in The films “The Godfather”, “Serpico”, and “Dog Day Afternoon”.
Al Pacino would have continued success in The theater soon making it to Broadway. He won His first Tony Award in 1969 for His role in “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” by Don Peterson at The Belasco Theater. Pacino continues to have a successful stage career along with His movie career. In 1983 he donated to The Mirror Theater Ltd because of His association to its founder, Sabra Jones, Lee Strasberg’s daughter in law. Most recently, Pacino has starred in The 30th anniversary of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” as well as “China Doll” which Mamet wrote for Pacino.
Success in Film
As His stage career took off, Al Pacino began acting in film. His first role was in an independent film “Me, Natalie” in 1969. While it was a small role, Pacino signed with Creative Management Associates The following year. His role as a heroin addict in 1971’s “The Panic in Needle Park” caught The attention of director Frances Ford Coppola. Pacino got The role of Michael Corleon in 1972’s “The Godfather”. The role earned him an Oscar nomination. He quickly won starring roles in “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon” which also won him Oscar nominations. His roles were critically and commercially acclaimed.
Al Pacino’s career never slowed down. Although he acted in some less well received movies in The 1980’s, he won accolades for His role as Cuban Drug Lord Tony Montana in “Scarface”. His 1990’s movies included “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Scent of a Woman”, “Heat” and “Any Given Sunday”. He won awards for His role in The 2004 HBO movie “Angels In America”. He was also in “The Merchant of Venice”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”, “Phil Spector” and “Danny Collins”.
Al Pacino has been nominated, won and honored with several major awards throughout His acting career. He won His first Academy Award for 1993’s “Scent of a Woman”. He won The BAFTA Award for 1976’s “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Godfather II”. He won Golden Globe Awards for His roles in 1975’s “Serpico”, “Scent of a Woman”, The 2004 HBO movie “Angels In America” and 2010’s “You Don’t Know Jack”. Pacino won The Tony Award for 1969’s “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” and 1977’s “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummnel”.
Al Pacino has had a successful and rewarding career as an actor. His current film projects include “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. He continues to serve as co-President of The Actors Studio since 1994. Al Pacino has never married but has been involved in several high profile romances. He has three adult daughters with former loves Jill Clayburgh and Beverly D’Angelo.