Starting on the stage, he went through a lengthy period of depression and poverty, sometimes having to borrow bus fare to make it to auditions.
He made it into the prestigious Actors Studio in 1966, studying under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg, creator of the Method Approach that would become the trademark of many '70s-era actors.
After appearing in a string of plays in supporting roles, he finally hit it big with "The Indian Wants the Bronx", winning an Obie award for the 1966-67 season.
That was followed by a Tony Award for "Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie? His first feature films made little departure from the gritty realistic stage performances that earned him respect: he played a junkie in The Panic in Needle Park (1971) after his film debut in Me, Natalie (1969). Though Coppola won out through slick persuasion, Pacino was in constant fear of being fired during the hellish shoot.
He faltered slightly with Bobby Deerfield (1977), but regained his stride with ..justice for all.(1979), for which he received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Revolution (1985) endured an endless and seemingly cursed shoot in which equipment was destroyed, weather was terrible, and Pacino became terribly ill with pneumonia.Pacino found himself often repeating the plots and voices of characters he had seen in the movies, one of his favorite activities.Bored and unmotivated in school, the young Al Pacino found a haven in school plays, and his interest soon blossomed into a full-time career.His parents, Rose (Gerardi) and Sal Pacino, divorced when he was young.
His mother moved them into his grandparents' house.