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AL PACINO (Val) is an eight-time Academy Award nominee. After having received 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 won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Lt. Colonel Frank Slade in SCENT OF A WOMAN (for which he also won a Golden Globe Award).
He received three nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his roles as Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER, DICK TRACY (he also won a 1990 American Comedy Award for this role), and in David Mamet's screen adaptation of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.
In 2005, Pacino starred as Shylock in the Shakespearean adaptation of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford. In 2004, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in HBO's television adaptation of Tony Kushner's play ANGELS IN AMERICA for director Mike Nichols. Earlier that year he was seen on-stage as King Herod in Oscar Wilde's SALOME both off-Broadway in Brooklyn and on Broadway and as Arturo Ui in Bertolt Brecht's THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Pace University. His other recent film credits include Miramax Film's PEOPLE I KNOW for director Dan Algrant and Disney's THE RECRUIT in which he starred with Colin Farrell.
In 2002, Pacino starred with Robin Williams and Hilary Swank in Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA and in writer-director Andrew Niccol's S1M0NE. In late 1999, Pacino was seen in THE INSIDER for Touchstone Pictures. In the film, he played 60 MINUTES reporter Lowell Bergman and starred opposite Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer. Michael Mann directed this film, which received 7 Academy Award nominations. Pacino also starred in Oliver Stone's football saga, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, where he portrayed a football coach and starred opposite Cameron Diaz, James Woods, and Dennis Quaid.
In 2000, Pacino completed his second directorial effort, CHINESE COFFEE, a film in which he also stars and produces. This film is based on a play written by Ira Lewis that Pacino performed at Circle in the Square in 1992. The story revolves around a conversation between a Greenwich Village writer and his friend, as they talk about friendship, love, and dreams.
He also directed and starred in LOOKING FOR RICHARD, a meditation on Shakespeare's RICHARD III, which he conceived and directed (and for which he received the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Documentary award from the Director's Guild of America). The film also starred Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, and Aidan Quinn.
Pacino's other film credits include Mike Newell's DONNIE BRASCO, a film which co-starred Johnny Depp; THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron; Miramax's TWO BITS, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; HEAT, with Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, directed by Michael Mann; CITY HALL, which also starred John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, and Danny Aiello; and in Brian de Palma's CARLITO'S WAY.
Additional 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 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.
After studying with Herbert Berghof and later with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio, Pacino made his professional acting debut in off-Broadway productions of THE CONNECTION and HELLO, OUT THERE. He then won an Obie Award for Israel THE INDIAN WANTS THE BRONX.
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 BERTOLT 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 presentation of Ira Lewis' CHINESE COFFEE. He directed and starred in Eugene O'Neill's HUGHIE, which opened in early July 1996 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and moved to Circle in the Square in New York in mid-July where it continued its run through the end of August.
Pacino won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Feature Project (IFP) at their 1996 Gotham Awards. In 2000, Pacino was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He also received the Cecil B. De Mille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001.
In late 2005, Pacino starred as Walter Abrams in Universal's TWO FOR THE MONEY. A thriller about the high-stakes world of sports betting, the film also starred Mathew McConaughey and Rene Russo.
On October 20, 2006, the American Film Institute named Pacino the recipient of the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award. On November 22, 2006, the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin awarded Pacino the Honorary Patronage of the Society.
Pacino starred in Steven Soderbergh's OCEAN'S THIRTEEN alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould and Andy Garcia as the villain Willy Bank, a casino tycoon targeted out of revenge by Danny Ocean and his crew.
Pacino played Dr. Jack Kevorkian in an HBO Films biopic entitled YOU DON'T KNOW JACK, which premiered April 2010. The film is about the life and work of the doctor-assisted suicide advocate. The performance earned Pacino his second Emmy Award for lead actor and his fourth Golden Globe award.
It was announced in May 2011 that Pacino was to be honored with the "Glory to the Film-maker" award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The award will be presented ahead of the premier of his film WILDE SALOME which is the third film Pacino has directed. Pacino who plays the role of Herod in the film describes it as "most personal project ever".
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