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AL PACINO San Francisco Castro Theatre Keynote (2012)

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Published on Mar 21, 2012

http://www.shauntai.com - Al Pacino speaking at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco's Historic Movie Palace, March 21st, 2012.

Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American film and stage actor and director. He is famous for playing mobsters, including Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy, Tony Montana in Scarface, Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice in Dick Tracy, Carlito Brigante in Carlito's Way and Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero in Donnie Brasco, though he has also appeared several times on the other side of the law — as a police officer in Serpico, a detective in Sea of Love and Insomnia, a lawyer in ...And Justice for All, as a police lieutenant in Heat and as an army lieutenant colonel in Scent of a Woman. His role in the latter won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1993 after receiving seven previous Oscar nominations.

He made his feature film debut in the 1969 film Me, Natalie in a minor supporting role, before playing the leading role in the 1971 drama The Panic in Needle Park. Pacino made his major breakthrough when he was given the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather in 1972, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor were for Dick Tracy and Glengarry Glen Ross. Oscar nominations for Best Actor include The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, ...And Justice for All and Scent of a Woman.

In addition to a career in film, he has also enjoyed a successful career on stage, picking up Tony Awards for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. A longtime fan of Shakespeare, he made his directorial debut with Looking for Richard, a quasi-documentary on the play Richard III. Pacino has received numerous lifetime achievement awards, including one from the American Film Institute. He is a method actor, taught mainly by Lee Strasberg and Charles Laughton at the Actors Studio in New York.

Although he has never married, Pacino has had several relationships with actresses and has three children.

The Castro Theatre is a popular San Francisco movie palace which became San Francisco Historic Landmark #100 in September 1976. Located at 429 Castro Street, in the Castro district, it was built in 1922 with a Spanish Colonial Baroque façade that pays homage—in its great arched central window surmounted by a scrolling pediment framing a niche—to the recently rebuilt basilica of Mission Dolores nearby. Its designer, Timothy L. Pflueger, also designed Oakland's Paramount Theater and other movie theaters in California in that period. The theater has 1407 seats.

Filmed and produced by Shaun Tai for SHAUN TAI Films | @shaun_tai | www.shauntai.com | www.shauntaifilms.com | 925.297.9370.

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