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->''It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business.''
-->-- '''Michael Corleone''', '''''Film/TheGodfather'''''

'''Al Pacino''' (April 25, 1940-) is one of the greatest actors in American film history. Despite a difficult childhood in an impoverished neighborhood, he pursued his dream of becoming an actor and was almost instantly recognized as a natural. After taking roles of varying prominence in several on- and off-Broadway plays, he caught the eye of Creator/FrancisFordCoppola while on the set of ''The Panic At Needle Park''. Coppola fought tooth and nail to get Pacino in the role of [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]]; competitors for the role included Creator/RobertDeNiro (who went on to play Michael's father in ''Part 2''), Creator/JackNicholson, and Creator/DustinHoffman. Al Pacino was successful, and the rest is history.

He often stars in gangster and cop films and is compared to Creator/RobertDeNiro. He also maintains his Broadway career, though most aren't aware of it. Pacino's memorable roles are [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]], [[Film/DogDayAfternoon Sonny Wortzik]], and [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Tony Montana]]. His performance as Michael Corleone, particularly in the sequel, is legendary and considered one of the greatest film performances ever.

He was nominated seven different times for an Academy Award, but he finally won for his role as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in ''Scent Of A Woman''.

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!!Notable for:

* ''Film/TheGodfather'' (1972) - Michael Corleone
** ''The Godfather Part II'' (1974) - Michael Corleone
** ''The Godfather Part III'' (1990) - Michael Corleone
* ''Film/DogDayAfternoon'' (1975) - Sonny Wortzik
* ''Film/{{Serpico}}'' (1973) - Frank Serpico
* ''Film/AndJusticeForAll'' (1979) - Arthur Kirkland (no, not ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia that]]'' one)
* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' - Tony Montana
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1985}}'' - Tom Dobb
* ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990) - Big Boy
* ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' (1992) - Ricky Roma
* ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'' (1992) - Frank Slade
* ''Film/CarlitosWay'' (1993) - Carlito Brigante
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'' (1995) - Vincent Hanna
* ''Film/DonnieBrasco'' (1997) - Lefty
* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' (1997) - John Milton
* ''Film/TheInsider'' (1999) - Lowell Bergman
* ''Film/AnyGivenSunday'' (1999) - Tony D'Amato
* ''Film/TheRecruit'' (2003) - Burke
* ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' (2003) - Starkman
* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' (2003, miniseries) - Roy M. Cohn
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' (2002) - Will Dormer
* ''Film/{{S1m0ne}}'' (2002) - Viktor Taransky
* ''Film/EightyEightMinutes'' (2007) - Jack Gramm
* ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Thirteen]]'' (2007) - Willy Bank
* ''Film/RighteousKill'' (2008) - Rooster

!!Tropes Include:

* GenreSavvy: To the point where he didn't wait for James Lipton of ''Series/InsideTheActorsStudio'' to ask him what his favorite curse word was.
* LargeHam: In so many of his performances, he has [[LargeHam/{{Film}} his own folder]].
* TomHanksSyndrome: Believe it or not, he started out as a stand-up comedian.

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