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AL PACINO (Lowell Bergman) an eight-time Academy Award nominee, stars as the "60 Minutes" segment producer. After having received four Best Actor nominations for "...And Justice for All," "The Godfather: Part II," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Serpico," which also earned him a Golden Globe Award, Pacino finally won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Lt. Colonel Frank Slade in "Scent of a Woman," which also earned him a second Golden Globe Award.

He was nominated three other times as Best Supporting Actor for his roles as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather," as Big Boy Caprice in "Dick Tracy" (earning a 1990 American Comedy Award), and in David Mamet's screen adaptation of "Glengarry Glen Ross."

Currently, Pacino is editing "Chinese Coffee," a film for which he directs, stars and produces. He also directed and starred in Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie," which opened at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and moved to New York City's Circle in the Square. Pacino was seen starring in "Looking for Richard," a meditation on Shakespeare's "Richard III," which he conceived and directed. The film also stars Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Aidan Quinn. Pacino more recently appeared in Mike Newell's "Donnie Brasco" with Johnny Depp, and "The Devil's Advocate," with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.

Pacino starred in Michael Mann's "Heat," with Robert De Niro, Vol Kilmer and Jon Voight, opposite Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in "Two Bits," and in "City Hall," which also starred Bridget Fonda and John Cusack.

In 1993, Pacino starred in Brian De Palma's "Carlito's Way." His other films include "Frankie & Johnny," "The Godfather: Part III," "Sea of Love," "Revolution," "Scarface," "Author! Author!," "Bobby Deerfield" and "Scarecrow," for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. He made his film debut in 1971 in "The Panic in Needle Park."

Pacino has won two Tony Awards for his starring roles in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?" He is a longtime member of David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company of Boston, where he has performed in "Richard III" and in Bertholt Brecht's "Arturo Ui." In New York and London, he acted in David Mamet's "American Buffalo." Also in New York, he appeared in "Richard III" and as Marc Antony in "Julius Caesar" at the late Joseph Papp's Public Theatre.

During the spring and summer of 1994, Pacino appeared in repertory at Circle in the Square. He presented the New York debut of Oscar Wilde's "Salome" and the premiere of Ira Lewis' "Chinese Coffee."

As a child growing up in the Bronx, he would re-create for his mother and grandparents the characters he saw in the movies. Grammar school teachers encouraged him to apply to the famed High School of the Performing Arts, which he attended while working part time as a theater usher.

After studying with Herbert Berghof and later with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio, he made his professional debut in off-Broadway productions of "The Connection" and "Hello, Out There." He then won an Obie Award for Israel Horovitz' "The Indian Wants the Bronx."

Pacino produced, starred in and co-directed the independent film adaptation of the play "The Local Stigmatic," presented in March 1990 at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Public Theatre.

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