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15 Cute Secrets Revealed About Al Pacino

1. Often considered by audiences and commentators to be one of the greatest actors of all time, Pacino has had a career spanning more than fifty years, during which time 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.

2. He is also one of few performers to have won a competitive Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony Award for acting, dubbed the “Triple Crown of Acting”.

3. A method actor and former student of the Herbert Berghof Studio and the Actors Studio in New York City, where he was taught by Charlie Laughton and Lee Strasberg, Pacino made his feature film debut with a minor role in Me, Natalie .

4. He received his first Oscar nomination and would reprise the role in sequels Part II .

5. For his performances in The Godfather, Dick Tracy , Pacino was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

6. In television, Pacino has acted in several productions for HBO including the miniseries Angels in America , both of which won him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

7. In addition to his work in film, Pacino has had an extensive career on stage and is a two-time Tony Award winner, in 1969 and 1977, for his performances in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel respectively.

8. A lifelong fan of Shakespeare, Pacino directed and starred in Looking for Richard , a documentary film about the play Richard III, a role which Pacino had earlier portrayed on-stage in 1977.

9. He has also acted as Shylock in a 2004 feature film adaptation and a 2010 production of The Merchant of Venice.

10. Having made his filmmaking debut with Looking for Richard, Pacino has also directed and starred in the independent film Chinese Coffee about the play Salomé by Oscar Wilde.

11. Since 1994, Pacino has been the joint president of the Actors Studio with Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel.

12. In his teen years “Sonny”, as he was known to his friends, aimed to become a baseball player, and was also nicknamed “The Actor”. Pacino dropped out of many classes, but not English.

13. His mother disagreed with his decision; they argued and he left home.

14. He worked at low-paying jobs, messenger, busboy, janitor, and postal clerk, to finance his acting studies.

15. He began smoking and drinking at age nine, and took up casual cannabis use at age thirteen, but never used hard drugs.

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