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, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Devil’s Advocate, and The Irishman, among many others.

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, 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 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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125 Responses

  1. slowdive says:

    He looked very Italian in Scarface.

  2. M says:

    What the f*ck is going on with his skin this picture? He was actually a fine man back in the day, he’s looking like shit now…

    • Capricious says:

      I came here just to say this.

      He is over-tanning himself. It looks hideous. Makes him look 10 years older.

      He probably wants to have a nice brown colour, but obviously it will just never happen. He’s the type who’d have a bright reddish tan…

    • ectag says:

      He’s 75 going on 76.

      As far as looks go, he’s really never been a particularly good looking guy. He’s extremely short for one thing (much shorter than he appears in fims), and has a very grating raspy voice. Many women thought he was attractive in the first 2 Godfather movies, which is when he was likely at his peak in terms of looks. But his looks went downhill almost immediately after that and simultaneously his voice started getting raspy.

      He does look a lot younger than his age (75) he’s just not very attractive.

  3. Manila says:

    According to the latest revision of his family tree, his patrilineal ancestor can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather Marco Pacino.

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