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Al Pacino: Life in pictures

Thanks to some stellar coaching from Lee Strasberg, Al Pacino won an Obie Award and a Tony Award for his theatrical performances in the 1960s.

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A still-little-known Al Pacino’ portrayed a heroin addict in his second film, 1971'’s "“The Panic in Needle Park”" (pictured with Kitty Winn). Francis Ford Coppola was among the directors who took note of him.  Coppola cast him in “The Godfather.”

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Francis Ford Coppola cast Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in the 1972 film “"The Godfather"” (with James Caan), despite the fact that Robert Redford and Robert De Niro had their eyes on the role.

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Al Pacino racked up four Oscar noms in the 1970s: for “"Serpico"” (pictured), “The Godfather,” “"The Godfather: Part II"” and "“Dog Day Afternoon.”


Al Pacino in the 1975 movie "Dog Day Afternoon.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer opposite Al Pacino as drug kingpin Tony Montana in “Scarface.”

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When it came time to shoot “"The Godfather: Part III,”" for release in 1990, Al Pacino supposedly asked for $7 million to reprise his role as Michael Corleone. Francis Ford Coppola was said to be so annoyed by Pacino’'s request that he considered opening the film with Michael Corleone’s funeral.

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After years of nominations, Al Pacino won his first Oscar for the 1992 film “"Scent of a Woman"” (pictured with Gabrielle Anwar).

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In 1995’s “Heat,” Al Pacino portrayed the street–smart detective Vincent Hanna, who is after a top–level, coldblooded career thief.

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Al Pacino, right, as high-end lawyer John Milton in “The Devil’s Advocate,” opposite Keanu Reeves.

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Al Pacino left prints of his hands and feet in wet concrete in front of the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on Oct. 16, 1997. 

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Among his stage roles, Al Pacino, left, played the pipe-dreaming gambler Erie Smith in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” at the Mark Taper Forum in 1999. Pacino also directed the production, in which he appeared with Paul Benedict.

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Al Pacino knew that being the best meant having the best in your corner. That’s why he looked to legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg to show him the ropes.

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Al Pacino accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 58th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 21, 2001. 

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Al Pacino, left, as a detective on a homicide case, opposite Robin Williams, in the 2002 suspense thriller “Insomnia.”

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Al Pacino as Roy Cohn and Meryl Streep as Ethel Rosenberg in the 2003 miniseries “Angels in America.”

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Walter Burke (played by Al Pacino, left) recruits James Clayton (played by Colin Farrell) to join the CIA in the 2003 thriller “The Recruit.”

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Al Pacino, foreground right, as Shylock in the 2004 movie version of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.”

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At the 61st Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 25, 2004, Al Pacino is named best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for his role in “Angels in America.”

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Al Pacino, left, and Matthew McConaughey in the movie "Two for the Money.”

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Al Pacino has never been married, but he’s not trying to make a statement or anything. As he told USA Weekend in 2003, “I don’t have any ax to grind with that. It’s something I wish I had done a couple of times. But because you’ve never been married, it suddenly becomes an issue. I wish I had done it so it wouldn’t be an issue. I have a strong feeling that I will. I don’t know when. But I know I will.”

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Despite his on-screen success, Al Pacino always remembered where he came from, often returning to the stage to wow audiences (and win more Tonys).

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Robert De Niro, left, and Al Pacino as police detectives in “Righteous Kill.”

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Al Pacino wins the Emmy for lead actor in a miniseries or TV movie for “You Don’t Know Jack” on Aug. 29, 2010.

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Al Pacino wins the Golden Globe for actor in a miniseries or TV movie for “You Don’t Know Jack” on Jan. 16, 2011.

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In “The Son of No One," Al Pacino portrays a veteran detective opposite Channing Tatum.

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Al Pacino, right, as the title character in the HBO TV movie “Phil Spector,” opposite Helen Mirren.

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Al Pacino as the title character, a small-town locksmith, in “Manglehorn.”

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Kennedy Center honoree Al Pacino listens to then-President Barack Obama during a ceremony on Dec. 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C. 

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Al Pacino as the aging playwright Tennessee Williams in the play “God Looked Away” at the Pasadena Playhouse in February 2017, opposite Judith Light.

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