Before hitting it big, he was often homeless and worked as a janitor and busboy to pay for his acting studies.
Los Angeles: “It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.”– Al Pacino
Veteran American actor and film maker Alfredo James “Al” Pacino born on April 25, 1940. With a career spanning more than fifty years, Pacino has been honoured with a large number of prestigious awards for his work.
As the actor turns 76 today, here are some interesting and lesser-known facts about him:
- Born in New York City, Pacino was called ‘Sonny’ and ‘The Actor’ by his friends.
- He dropped out of the school at the age of 17.
- As a teenager, he acted in basement plays in New York’s theatrical underground but was rejected for the Actors Studio, which was a membership organisation for professional actors, theatre directors and playwrights in NYC. He then joined Herbert Berghof Studio.
- Before hitting it big, he was often homeless and worked as a janitor and busboy to pay for his acting studies.
- Some of his best films: The Godfather, Scarface, Scent of a Woman, Serpico.
- For his role in Scent of a Woman, he won an Oscar for Best Actor.
- Pacino has been nominated and has won many awards during his acting career, including eight Oscar nominations (winning one) and 15 Golden Globe nominations (winning four).