His favorite actress is Julie Christie.
He and Jamie Foxx are the only two actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year. Pacino in 1993 for Scent of a Woman (1992) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) / Foxx in 2005 for Ray (2004/I) and Collateral (2004). Both men won the Best Actor award, and they both played blind men in their roles: Pacino as Frank Slade and Foxx as Ray Charles.
He was voted the 37th Greatest MovieStar of all time by Premiere Magazine.
Grew up in the South Bronx, New York City
Attended The High School of the Performing Arts until he dropped out.
Was John Schlesinger's original pick for Marathon Man (1976) but producer Robert Evans insisted that Schlesinger cast Dustin Hoffman instead.
Has a production company called Chal Productions. The "Ch" is in tribute Charles Laughton while the "Al" is for himself.
Worked in the mail room of Commentary magazine.
Shares a birthday with Talia Shire, his co-star in The Godfather films.
His favorite color is black
Breifly worked as a stand-up comic early in his career
Early in his acting career, he considered changing his name to "Sonny Scott" to avoid being typecast by his Italian name. "Sonny" was his childhood nickname.
Alec Baldwin, who costarred with Pacino in "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Looking for Richard", wrote a 65 page final thesis on Al Pacino and method acting for his degree at NYU.
Was friends with John Cazale since they were teenagers. They starred together in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Godfather (1972)
He is only one of four actors to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as for The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). The others are Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), and Peter O'Toole as Henry II in Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968).
Is one of two actors (along with Peter O'Toole) to be nominated for Academy Awards for portraying the same person in two different movies. He portrayed Michale Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
During the making of "The Recruit" he met and became close friends with Colin Farrell. He went on to call Farrell the most talented actor of his generation.
Suffers from chronic insomnia.
"The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I'm talking about."
"I can't say I've been sober though. I don't like that word. What does it mean? 'Sober! He's very sober'."
"There are times when I have a temperament. Yes, my temperament is there ... but I hope I'm gentle. Yes, I think I am."
"When I try to explain anything I always end up trying to be right usually, but not truthful necessarily. Trying to give the right answer or what I think is the right answer. It's a human instinct. You try to be as clever as you can be. You're trying to come off like you really know what the hell's going on, when you don't!"
"I'm single and I don't particularly like it. I'm certainly the kind of person who prefers ... it ... it ... It's good to have someone in your life that you're going through this thing with. It's good. That's a thing in life that I aspire to."
"I like what Norman Mailer said about alcohol: 'Drink has killed a lot of my brain cells and I think I would have been a better writer without it, but it would be one less way to relax.'"
"Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them."
"In the end you're just playing a role." [on whether acting and his roles reflected who he is]
"I'll tell you something. And this is a fact. When I was doing 'Scarface', I remember being in love at that time. One of the few times in my life. And I was so glad it was at that time. I would come home and she would tell me about her life that day and all her problems and I remember saying to her, look, you really got me through this picture because I would shed everything when I came home."
"That's right! That's right! We know the best feeling in the world is the one between the second and third martini. That was my deal. I just enjoyed who I became when I was drinking, so that was something hard to break. I became much quieter, and funny. I must say, that kind of thing came out."
"I hope the perception is that I'm an actor, I never intended to be a movie star."
"I'm constantly striving to break through to something new. You try to maintain a neutral approach to your work, and not be too hard on yourself."
"I guess you find yourself repeating certain motifs. But at the heart of it all, I'm an actor, always looking for a role. And then you try to make things fresh."
"People always said that time, the '70s, was about pretty boys, and then I came along!"
"One hopes to find out about the [movie] you're in while you're doing it, not several years later, which is usually when I find out. I'm like, 'Wow, that was a dud! I didn't know, nobody would tell me!' I've done things for certain reasons, but it [comes from] thinking on your feet... Sometimes actors do things not because we have a great desire [for it], but because it's work, and I'm starting to wonder about that."
"But I was just lucky. People like Coppola were making films, and I got opportunities."
"I couldn't exist just doing films. But on the other hand, there is the fame that comes with it, and the money. My problem is I still want to play Hamlet in some little theater somewhere, and time is running out." -- quoted by Robert Osbourne in "Academy Awards 1974 Oscar Annual"
"As an old village poet put it to me in the 1960s. [If you dig it, it's yours]. I dug Sidney Lumet back then. I dig him now because what he had to give, I took and made it mine. I'm forever grateful along with all the other actors and writers who have benefited from Sidney's genius". Presenting the Lifetime of Achievement Award to director Sidney Lumet at the 2005 Academy Awards.
"We know each other's minds. We have shared some things that are