Al Pacino made his professional acting debut off-Broadway, after studying with Herbert Berghof and later with Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio. He 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, and has appeared in numerous New York, London and Los Angeles productions including: American Buffalo, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Salome, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Chinese Coffee, and Hughie.
He directed and starred in the film 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). He most recently starred in the Broadway production of Merchant of Venice.
In 2007, 20th Century Fox released An Actor’s Vision, a four-DVD set including Looking for Richard and two other plays Pacino directed for the screen, Chinese Coffee and The Local Stigmatic, along with Babbleonia, an overview of Pacino’s career, his body of work and his perspectives on acting.
Pacino won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Feature Project (IFP) at their 1996 Gotham Awards. In 2000, he was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, he received the Cecil B. De Mille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001 and the American Cinematheque Award in 2005. In June of 2007, he received AFI’s highest honor for a career in Film, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pacino recently directed an independent documentary based on Oscar Wilde’s Salome, titled Wilde Salome. This mixture of documentary, fiction, and improvisation is based on behind-the-scenes footage from his stage show.
Al Pacino 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 in Scent of a Woman (for which he also won a Golden Globe Award). He received three Oscar® nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his roles in The Godfather, Dick Tracy, and Glengarry Glen Ross. He won an Emmy® and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in HBO’s award-winning adaptation of Angels in America. He also won an Emmy® for playing Dr. Kevorkian in the HBO film You Don't Know Jack.
Among Pacino’s more than forty feature film credits are: Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes,Ocean’s 13, Two for the Money, Merchant of Venice, Insomnia, Simone, The Insider, Any Given Sunday, Donnie Brasco, The Devil’s Advocate, Two Bits, Heat, City Hall, Carlito’s Way, People I Know, The Recruit, Scarface, Author! Author!, Bobby Deerfield, and Scarecrow. He made his film debut in 1971 in The Panic In Needle Park. He recently completed filming Stand Up Guys, directed by Fisher Stevens and co-starring Christopher Walken.