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Al Pacino Timeline

April 25, 1940
Alfredo James Pacino is born in East Harlem, New York City to Sicilians Rose and Salvatore Pacino.
His parents split up.
His father joins the military.
His over-protective grandparents finally let him out of the house to explore the neighborhood on his own.
Often goes to movies with his mother, after which he reenacts the movies he has seen for his grandmother.
Becomes quite the storyteller at the school grounds, telling anybody who will listen stories such as how he used to live in Texas with ten dogs.
Attends a performance of Chekhov's The Seagull at Elsmere Theater in the South Bronx. This performance causes him to decide to transfer to the High School of the Performing Arts.
No matter how hard he tries, he keeps flunking English.
Throws in the academic towel and drops out of school.
While taking acting lessons, he works several jobs, including one as a mailman, a movie theater usher, and a building superintendent.
Early 1960s
Enrolls in Herbert Berghof Studio, training under drama coach Charlie Laughton.
Jan. 7, 1961
He is arrested in Rhode Island for carrying a concealed weapon.
Jan. 9, 1961
He is released from jail.
His mother dies. He later tells Barbara Walters: " ... my mother was so encouraging to me, and I think that's why I'm here. My mother encouraged me, and I realized that later on in life. And, yeah, that's what my mother gave me. And I miss ... I missed it, that she didn't see me accomplish ... even a minor success would have meant a lot to her--and my grandfather too, who raised me. He didn't see it."
In the Cafe Bizarre (children's theatre), New York City, he acts in Jack and the Bean Stalk and The Adventures of High Jump.
Joins the Actor's Studio to study under Lee Strasberg.
Nov. 12, 1968
Makes his TV debut as John James in the series N.Y.P.D.
July 13, 1969
Makes his movie debut as Tony in Me, Natalie.
Moves in with actress Jill Clayburgh.
July 13, 1971
Plays Bobby, a drug user, in Panic in Needle Park.
The producers of The Godfather refer to him as "that midget Pacino" because they don't want him for the part of Michael Corleone.
March 15, 1972
Gets his big break playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather alongside James Caan, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton.
Taking his NYC cop character in Serpico too far, he actually pulls over a truck driver and threatens to arrest him if he doesn't do something about his exhaust pollution.
Aug. 31, 1973
Plays Francis "Lion" in The Scarecrow, with Gene Hackman.
Dec. 5, 1973
Plays Officer Frank Serpico in Serpico.
Dec. 12, 1974
Plays Michael Corleone in The Godfather II, with James Caan, Roger Corman, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton.
He and Jill Clayburgh break up.
Sept. 21, 1975
He and Chris Sarandon improvise their phone conversation scene in Dog Day Afternoon. Pacino plays Sonny Wortzik, the gay bank robber.
Turns down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars.
Gives up drinking.
Sept. 17, 1977
Plays Bobby Deerfield, a racecar driver, in Bobby Deerfield.
Turns down a role of Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now.
Oct. 19, 1979
Plays Arthur Kirkland, a lawyer in ...And Justice for All.
Feb. 8, 1980
Plays Steve Burns, an undercover cop, in Cruising.
June 18, 1982
Plays Ivan Trevalian, playwright, in Author! Author!.
Dec. 9, 1983
Plays Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee, in Scarface with Michelle Pfeiffer.
Jan. 01, 1985
Plays Tom Dobb, a trapper, in Revolution, with Donald Sutherland.
Will not play Michael Corleone in The Godfather 3, unless he gets seven million. Francis Ford Coppola not impressed, threatens to have the movie open with Michael Corleone's funeral. Pacino settles for five million.
Acting teacher, Jan Tarrant, gives birth to their daughter Julie Marie.
Sept. 15, 1989
Plays Frank Keller, a homicide detective, in Sea of Love with Samuel L. Jackson.
Plays Graham, a thug, in the movie that is never released, The Local Stigmatic.
June 15, 1990
Plays Big Boy Caprice, a gangster, in Dick Tracy, with Kathy Bates, Warren Beatty, James Caan, Dustin Hoffman, Madonna, Catherine O'Hara, and Dick Van Dyke.
Dec. 25, 1990
Plays Michael Corleone in The Godfather III, with Sofia Coppola, Andy Garcia, Diane Keaton, and Bridget Fonda.
Oct. 11, 1991
Plays Johnny, an ex-con, in Frankie and Johnny, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Dedee Pfeiffer.
Sept. 1992
Maureen Dowd of GQ says of Pacino: "In a way, he's extremely naive. It's strange to talk about vulnerability and innocence with a guy who's played the foremost killers on the American screen. But he's so pure and honest and artistic, it's a little like Don Quixote walking through Hollywood."
Sept. 29, 1992
Plays Ricky Roma, a slick real estate salesman, in Glengarry Glen Ross, alongside Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey.
Dec. 23, 1992
Plays Col. Frank Slade, a blind, retired army officer, in Scent of a Woman, alongside Chris O'Donnell.
Wins the Academy Award for Best Actor for Scent of a Woman.
Nov. 10, 1993
Plays Carlito Brigante, a former drug dealer, in Carlito's Way, with Sean Penn.
Quits smoking two packs a day to protect his voice. He does still smoke herbal cigarettes once in awhile.
Nov. 22, 1995
Plays Grandpa Spiritos, the dying grandfather, in Two Bits.
Dec. 15, 1995
Plays Vincent, a LAPD cop, in Heat, with Robert De Niro, Ashley Judd, Val Kilmer, Natalie Portman, and Henry Rollins.
Feb. 16, 1996
Plays John Pappas, Mayor of New York City, in City Hall, with John Cusack and Bridget Fonda.
Nov. 1996
Al Pacino appears on Larry King Live, which becomes one of Larry King's all time favorite interviews. He says of Pacino: "Al Pacino has a different natural style of humor. He's one of America's finest dramatic actors, but offscreen he's a funny guy: New York funny. He has that New Yorker's reaction to things, the ability to shrug off so many of life's threats and dangers because they are surrounded by threats and dangers all the time right there in their own hometown. We were standing in the lobby of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles with Walter Cronkite, Pele, and others, only a few hours after the terrible earthquake in January 1994. We were in town for a cable TV awards banquet the night before. So we were each telling about our own reaction when the quake hit. All of us were shaken-at least I was. But Pacino shrugged and said, "I'm from New York. I thought it was a bomb."
Begins dating Beverly D'Angelo.
In an Cable TV interview he says: "I was never allowed out alone, so my mother used to take me to the movies and I'd come home and act out all the parts. It was a lonely childhood. With no brothers and sisters and having to stay off the streets, I had no friends. I felt isolated and odd. So, acting kept me sane."
In a Scene Magazine interview he says: "I wanted to watch a few innings, catch the afternoon sun and see those great ballplayers. I thought, if I have to leave early, it's like leaving in the middle of a play. So I put a beard on. Of course, they got it all on television. That beard is now in the Museum Of Mistakes."
Feb. 28, 1997
Plays Lefty Ruggiero in Donnie Brasco, with Johnny Depp.
Oct. 11, 1997
In the Calgary Sun interview he says: "I can't pretend it's ever been easy, but celebrity has been a part of my life for so long now it's beginning to seem natural. What hurts is when you're in an exotic place for a holiday and the paparazzi stalks you. I love Paris, but I just don't go there anymore because things have gotten so out of hand. I've tried going out in Paris in disguise, but that always backfires, and when the photos appear in print, you look so ridiculous. But let's face it, the perks outweigh the woes."
Oct. 11, 1997
In the Calgary Sun interview he says: "No one ever asked me to play Hamlet. I don't think I'm right for the part, but it would have been nice to be asked."
Oct. 16, 1997
Gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Oct. 17, 1997
Plays John Milton, the devil, in The Devil's Advocate, with Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, and Monica Keena.
Nov. 5, 1999
Plays Lowell Bergman in The Insider, with Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer.
Dec. 16, 1999
Plays Tony D'Amato, a pro football coach, in Any Given Sunday, with Elizabeth Berkley, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Dennis Quaid, and LL Cool J.
Breaks off engagement with Beverly D'Angelo.
Jan. 2001
Beverly D'Angelo gives birth to their twins Olivia Rose and Anton James.
Breaks up with Beverly D'Angelo.
Directs, produces, and plays Harry Levine in Chinese Coffee.
May 3, 2002
Plays Will Dormer, a police detective, in Insomnia, with Hilary Swank and Robin Williams.
Aug. 23, 2002
Plays Viktor Taransky, a movie producer, in Simone with Winona Ryder.
Oct. 11, 2002
Plays Eli Wurman, a NY publicist, in People I Know, with Kim Bassinger.
Jan. 25, 2003
Plays a CIA Agent in The Recruit, with Colin Farrell.
July 27, 2003
Has a cameo role playing Starkman in Gigli, with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, and Christopher Walken.
Sept. 14, 2003
Plays Roy Cohn, a homophobic right-wing gay man, in Angels in America with Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson.
May 18, 2004
He and Beverly D'Angelo settle their long fight over child support.
Sept. 3, 2004
Plays Shylock in Shylock.
Jan. 12, 2005
His father Sal Pacino dies.
Oct. 7, 2005
Plays Walter Abrams in Two for the Money.

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