Al Pacino

Pacino in 2011, cinemafestival /

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, having also starred in The Godfather films, The Panic in Needle Park, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, Author! Author!, Scarface, Sea of Love, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Devil’s Advocate, People I Know, and The Irishman, and television’s Hunters. He directed the films Chinese Coffee and Salomé (2013), which he also co-wrote, and the documentaries Looking for Richard, which he co-wrote, and Wild Salomé, which he wrote.

He was born in Manhattan, to Rose (Gerardi) and Salvatore Alfred Pacino, who were 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; two children with his former partner, actress and singer Beverly D’Angelo; and a son with his partner, producer Noor Alfallah.

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 grandfather was Alfio Pacino (the son of Benedetto Pacino and Maria Teresa Drago). Alfio was 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 paternal grandmother was Giuseppa “Giuseppina/Josephine” Latteri/Lateri (the daughter of Salvatore Latteri and Carmela Bosco). Giuseppa was born in San Fratello.

Al’s maternal grandfather was Vincenzo/James Giacomo Gerardi (the son of Francisco/Frank Gerardi and Rose Depenna). Vincenzo was an Italian emigrant, from Palermo, Sicily.

Al’s maternal grandmother was Katherine/Kate Suozzo (the daughter of Nicola/Nicolo Suozzo and Angela/Angiola Maria Patrissa/Patrisso). Katherine was born in New York, to Italian parents. Nicola was the son of Vito Vincenzo and Rosa Cianci. Angela was the daughter of Giuseppe Patrissa/Patrisso and Catarina Arica.

Sources: Genealogy of Al Pacino –

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

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

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

Al’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Al’s maternal grandparents, Vincenzo/James Giacomo Gerardi and Katherine/Kate Suozzo –

Al’s maternal grandfather, Vincenzo/James Giacomo Gerardi, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Al’s maternal great-grandparents, Nicola/Nicolo Suozzo and Angela/Angiola Maria Patrissa/Patrisso –


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  1. andrew says:

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

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