Al Pacino

by ethnic on December 29, 2007

Birth Name: Alfredo James Pacino

Place of Birth: East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 25, 1940

Ethnicity: Italian (Sicilian, some Neapolitan)

Al Pacino is an American actor, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Scent of a Woman (1992). He is considered one of the best and most influential actors of all time.

He was born in Manhattan, to Rose (Gerardi) and Salvatore Alfred Pacino, who were both of Italian descent.

He has said:

In America most everybody who’s Italian is half Italian. Except me. I’m all Italian. I’m mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.

Al has a daughter with his former partner, acting coach Jan Tarrant, and two children with his former partner, actress and singer Beverly D’Angelo.

A picture of Al’s father can be seen here.

Al’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his five times great-grandfather, Marco Pacino.

Al’s paternal grandparents were Alfio Pacino (the son of Benedetto Pacino and Maria Teresa Drago) and Giuseppa “Giuseppina/Josephine” Latteri (the daughter of Salvatore Latteri and Carmela Bosco). Al’s grandparents Alfio and Giuseppa were both born in San Fratello, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy. Benedetto was the son of Alfio Pacino and Felicia Carbonetto. Maria Teresa was the daughter of Pietro Drago and Benedetta Manera.

Al’s maternal grandparents were James Giacomo Gerardi and Katherine. James was born in New York, to Italian parents. Katherine was also born in New York, also to Italian parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Al Pacino –

Birth record of Al’s paternal grandfather, Alfio Pacino –

U.S. Citizen Naturalization record of Al’s paternal grandfather, Alfio Pacino –

Birth record of Al’s paternal grandmother, Giuseppa “Giuseppina/Josephine” Latteri –

Al’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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andrew September 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm

* Al’s paternal grandparents were both born in San Fratello, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy.

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