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Biography #2 (for Ocean's Thirteen)

Al Pacino is one of the most honored actors of our time. An eight-time Academy Award nominee, he won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Scent of a Woman. His work in that film also brought him a Golden Globe Award. Pacino received his first Academy Award nomination in 1973 for his portrayal of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Over the next three years, he earned three consecutive Oscar nominations for Best Actor: for the title role in Serpico; for The Godfather: Part II, reprising the role of Michael Corleone; and for Dog Day Afternoon, as the would-be bank robber Sonny. Pacino has since earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for ...And Justice for All, and nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Dick Tracy and the screen adaptation of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, the last coming the same year as his nod for Scent of a Woman.

Pacino most recently won Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance as the AIDS-stricken Roy Cohn in HBO's award-winning miniseries Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. His many other acting honors include National Society of Film Critics and National Board of Review (NBR) Awards for The Godfather; a Golden Globe Award and another NBR Award for Serpico; a BAFTA Award for The Godfather: Part II; and BAFTA and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards for Dog Day Afternoon, to name only a portion.

Stepping behind the camera, Pacino made his directorial debut on the documentary Looking for Richard, which he also co-wrote, produced and narrated. He won a Directors Guild of America Award in the Documentary category and earned an Independent Spirit Award for the film.

Pacino was already an award-winning stage actor when he first gained attention for his starring role in 1971's The Panic in Needle Park, directed by Jerry Schatzberg. Following his Oscar-nominated turn in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Pacino reunited with Schatzberg to star in Scarecrow, winning the Best Actor Award at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the film. His other film credits include Sydney Pollack's Bobby Deerfield; William Friedkin's Cruising, produced by Jerry Weintraub; Arthur Hiller's Author! Author!; Brian De Palma's Scarface; Harold Becker's Sea of Love, opposite Ellen Barkin; and Dick Tracy, directed by and starring Warren Beatty.

Reprising the role of Michael Corleone, he then starred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part III. His long list of film credits also include Garry Marshall's Frankie and Johnny, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer; Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way; Michael Mann's Heat, with Robert De Niro; Harold Becker's City Hall; Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco; Taylor Hackford's The Devil's Advocate; Michael Mann's award-winning true-life drama The Insider; Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, as part of an all-star ensemble cast; Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, with Robin Williams and Hilary Swank; Andrew Niccol's S1m0ne; The Recruit, with Colin Farrell; the role of Shylock in the 2004 screen version of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice; and D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money.

In addition, he directed and starred in the indie Chinese Coffee, and directed and wrote the upcoming drama Salomaybe?, a behind-the-scenes look at his own stage production of Oscar Wilde's Salome. He had previously starred as King Herod in the off-Broadway, Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Salome.

Pacino's acting career began on the stage after studying with Herbert Berghof and then with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio. In 1968, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Israel Horovitz's play The Indian Wants the Bronx. The following year, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his Broadway debut in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? He won his second Tony Award, this time for Best Actor, for his role in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. Throughout his career, he has returned to the stage as both an actor and a director. His many theatre credits include the New York and London productions of David Mamet's American Buffalo; Richard III and Julius Caesar at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre; and Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, which he starred in and directed, first at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and then at New York's Circle in the Square.

Pacino has been honored with a number of career achievement awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the American Cinematheque Award, and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Ocean's Thirteen" (27-Jun-2007)


Biography #3 (for The Merchant of Venice)

Al Pacino is an eight-time Academy Award nominee. After receiving Best Actor nominations for AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, THE GODFATHER PART II, DOG DAY AFTERNOON and SERPICO, Pacino won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in SCENT OF A WOMAN, for which he also won a Golden Globe. He received three nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his roles in THE GODFATHER, DICK TRACY and in David Mamet's screen adaptation GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.

Recently, he was seen in HBO's television adaptation of Tony Kushner's play ANGELS IN AMERICA for director Mike Nichols. Earlier in the year, he was seen on-stage in Oscar Wilde's SALOME both on and off Broadway, and as Arturo Ui in THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Pace University. His most recent film credits include PEOPLE I KNOW and THE RECRUIT.

In 2002, Pacino starred in Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA and in Andrew Niccol's SIMONE. In 1999, Pacino was seen in THE INSIDER for Touchstone Pictures as 60 Minutes reporter Lowell Bergman. The film received seven Academy Awards. Pacino also starred in ANY GIVEN SUNDAY. In 2000, Pacino completed his second directorial effort CHINESE COFFEE and also directed and starred in LOOKING FOR RICHARD, a meditation on Shakespeare's Richard III.

Pacino's other film credits include DONNIE BRASCO, THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, TWO BITS, HEAT, CITY HALL and CARLITO'S WAY. Additional films include FRANKIE & JOHNNY, THE GODFATHER PART III, SEA OF LOVE, REVOLUTION, SCARFACE, AUTHOR!AUTHOR!, BOBBY DEERFIELD and SCARECROW.

After studying with Herbert Berghof and 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 won an Obie Award for THE INDIAN WANTS THE BOX. He won two Tony Awards for THE BASIC TRAINING OF PAVLO HUMMEL and DOES A TIGER WEAR A NECKTIE? He is also a longtime member of David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company.

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.

Bio courtesy Sony Classics for "The Merchant of Venice" (09-Jan-2005)


Biography #4 (for Gigli)

Al Pacino received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Lt. Colonel Frank Slade in Martin Brest's Scent of a Woman, for which he also won a Golden Globe Award.

An eight-time Academy Award nominee, Pacino has earned 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. He was nominated three times as Best Supporting Actor for his roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather, as Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy (he also won a 1990 American Comedy Award for this role) and in David Mamet's screen adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Last year, Pacino starred in Christopher Nolan's Insomnia opposite Robin Williams and Hilary Swank and Andrew Niccol's Simone. Early this year he starred in The Recruit with Colin Farrell and is also due to be seen in Dan Algrant's People I Know.

In late 1999, Pacino starred opposite Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer as 60 Minutes reporter Lowell Bergman in The Insider. Michael Mann directed this film, which received seven Academy Award nominations. Pacino also starred in Oliver Stone's football saga Any Given Sunday as a football coach of the Miami Sharks. His co-stars were Cameron Diaz, James Woods and Dennis Quaid.

Pacino recently finished his second directorial effort Chinese Coffee, which he also starred in and produced. 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. He received the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Documentary Award from the Directors Guild of America for the film, which also starred Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey.

Pacino's other film credits include Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, which co-starred Johnny Depp, Devil's Advocate with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, Two Bits with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Heat with Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer and City Hall, which also starred John Cusack, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello.

In 1993, Pacino starred in Brian de Palma's Carlito's Way. 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 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.

As a child growing up in the Bronx, he would re-create for his mother and grandparents the characters he saw in movies. His 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 theatre usher.

After studying with Herbert Berghof and later, with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, Pacino made his professional acting debut in off-Broadway productions of The Connection and Hello, Out There. He won an Obie Award for Israel Horovitz's 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 has 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. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Gigli" (09-Jan-2005)


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