Al Pacino to Receive 35th AFI Life Achievement Award

AFI Life Achievement Award Program to Air on USA Network



Oct 20, 2006, 01:00 ET from American Film Institute

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Al Pacino has been selected by the
 American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 35th AFI
 Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, it was
 announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees.
 The award will be presented to Pacino at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on
 June 7, 2007.
     "I am moved and honored to be considered for such a prestigious award,"
 said Pacino.
     "Al Pacino is an icon of American film," said Stringer. "He has created
 some of the great characters in the movies -- from Michael Corleone to Tony
 Montana to Roy Cohn. His career inspires audiences and artists alike, with
 each new performance a master class for a generation of actors to follow.
 AFI is proud to present him with its 35th Life Achievement Award."
     "Al Pacino is that rare combination of consummate craftsman and genuine
 star," said Bonnie Hammer, President, USA Network and SCI FI Channel.
 "We're thrilled to join AFI in a celebration of his outstanding career."
     USA Network will broadcast the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute
 in June, 2007. Bob Gazzale, who served as executive producer and writer of
 AFI's Tributes to George Lucas, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Sean
 Connery, will continue in these roles.
     About Al Pacino
     AL PACINO is an eight-time Academy Award nominee. After having received
 Best Actor nominations for ... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, THE GODFATHER PART II,
 DOG DAY AFTERNOON and SERPICO (which also earned him a Golden Globe Award),
 Pacino won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Lt. Colonel Frank
 Slade in SCENT OF A WOMAN (for which he also won a Golden Globe Award).
     He received three nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his roles as
 Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER, DICK TRACY (he also won a 1990 American
 Comedy Award for this role), and in David Mamet's screen adaptation of
 GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.
     In 2005, Pacino starred as Shylock in an adaptation of Shakespeare's
 MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford. In 2004, he won an Emmy
 for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in HBO's television adaptation of Tony
 Kushner's play Angels in America for director Mike Nichols. Earlier that
 year he was seen on-stage as King Herod in Oscar Wilde's Salome both
 off-Broadway in Brooklyn and on Broadway and as Arturo Ui in Bertolt
 Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Pace University.
     His other recent film credits include Miramax Film's PEOPLE I KNOW for
 director Dan Algrant and Disney's THE RECRUIT in which he starred with
 Colin Farrell.
     In 2002, Pacino starred with Robin Williams and Hilary Swank in
 Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA and in writer-director Andrew Niccol's SIMONE.
 In late 1999, Pacino was seen in THE INSIDER for Touchstone Pictures. In
 the film, he played 60 MINUTES reporter Lowell Bergman and starred opposite
 Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer. Michael Mann directed this film,
 which received seven Academy Award nominations. Pacino also starred in
 Oliver Stone's football saga, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, where he portrayed a
 football coach and starred opposite Cameron Diaz, James Woods and Dennis
 Quaid.
     In 2000, Pacino completed his second directorial effort, CHINESE
 COFFEE, a film in which he also stars and produced. This film is based on a
 play written by Ira Lewis that Pacino performed at Circle in the Square in
 1992. The story revolves around a conversation between a Greenwich Village
 writer and his friend, as they talk about friendship, love and dreams.
     He also directed and starred in LOOKING FOR RICHARD, a meditation on
 Shakespeare's Richard III, which he conceived and directed (and for which
 he received the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Documentary award
 from the Director's Guild of America). The film also starred Winona Ryder,
 Alec Baldwin and Aidan Quinn.
     Pacino's other film credits include Mike Newell's DONNIE BRASCO, a film
 which co-starred Johnny Depp; THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, with Keanu Reeves and
 Charlize Theron; Miramax's TWO BITS, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio;
 HEAT, with Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, directed by Michael Mann; CITY
 HALL, which also starred John Cusack, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello; and
 in Brian de Palma's CARLITO'S WAY.
     Additional films include FRANKIE & JOHNNY, THE GODFATHER PART III, SEA
 OF LOVE, REVOLUTION, SCARFACE, AUTHOR! AUTHOR!, BOBBY DEERFIELD and
 SCARECROW, for which he received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film
 Festival in 1973. He made his film debut in 1971 in THE PANIC IN NEEDLE
 PARK.
     Pacino produced, starred in and co-directed the independent film
 adaptation of the play The Local Stigmatic, presented in March 1990 at New
 York's Museum of Modern Art and the Public Theatre.
     After studying with Herbert Berghof and later with Lee Strasberg at the
 Actor's Studio, Pacino made his professional acting debut in off-Broadway
 productions of The Connection and Hello, Out There. He then won an Obie
 Award for Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants The Bronx.
     Pacino has won two Tony Awards for his starring roles in The Basic
 Training of Pavlo Hummel and Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? He is a longtime
 member of David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company of Boston, where he
 has performed in Richard III and in Bertolt Brecht's Arturo Ui. In New York
 and London, he acted in David Mamet's American Buffalo. Also in New York,
 he appeared in Richard III and as Marc Antony in Julius Caesar at the late
 Joseph Papp's Public Theatre.
     During the spring and summer of 1994, Pacino appeared in repertory at
 Circle in the Square. He presented the New York debut of Oscar Wilde's
 Salome and the premiere presentation of Ira Lewis' Chinese Coffee. He
 directed and starred in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, which opened in early July
 1996 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and moved to Circle in the
 Square in New York in mid-July where it continued its run through the end
 of August.
     Pacino won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Feature
 Project (IFP) at their 1996 Gotham Awards. In 2000, Pacino was honored by
 the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He also received the Cecil B. De Mille
 Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001.
     In late 2005, Pacino starred as Walter Abrams in Universal's TWO FOR
 THE MONEY, a thriller about the high-stakes world of sports betting. The
 film also starred Mathew McConaughey and Rene Russo. In 2006, he reprised
 his role as King Herod Antipas in Oscar Wilde's Salome at the Wadsworth
 Theatre in Los Angeles.
     About the AFI Life Achievement Award
     The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement
 Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on February 26, 1973. It
 is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria
 as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:
     "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way
 advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by
 scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose
 work has stood the test of time."
     In 1993, the trustees extended the criteria to encompass "individuals
 with active careers and work of significance yet to be accomplished."
     AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients
     Al Pacino joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen
 for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973.
     1973     John Ford
     1974     James Cagney
     1975     Orson Welles
     1976     William Wyler
     1977     Bette Davis
     1978     Henry Fonda
     1979     Alfred Hitchcock
     1980     James Stewart
     1981     Fred Astaire
     1982     Frank Capra
     1983     John Huston
     1984     Lillian Gish
     1985     Gene Kelly
     1986     Billy Wilder
     1987     Barbara Stanwyck
     1988     Jack Lemmon
     1989     Gregory Peck
     1990     Sir David Lean
     1991     Kirk Douglas
     1992     Sidney Poitier
     1993     Elizabeth Taylor
     1994     Jack Nicholson
     1995     Steven Spielberg
     1996     Clint Eastwood
     1997     Martin Scorsese
     1998     Robert Wise
     1999     Dustin Hoffman
     2000     Harrison Ford
     2001     Barbra Streisand
     2002     Tom Hanks
     2003     Robert De Niro
     2004     Meryl Streep
     2005     George Lucas
     2006     Sean Connery
 
     About the American Film Institute
     AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education
 and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film,
 television and digital media. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers
 at its world-renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage
 through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital
 technologies in entertainment and education through the AFI Digital Content
 Lab and K-12 Screen Education Center. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in
 the US, AFI ON SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST presented by Audi:
 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival -- as well as year-round
 programming at ArcLight Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural
 Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, including SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery
 Channel Documentary Festival. AFI AWARDS, the annual almanac for the 21st
 century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television
 programs of the year, while AFI's 100 Years . . . series has ignited
 extraordinary public interest in classic American movies. And, during the
 past 34 years, AFI's Life Achievement Award has become the highest honor
 for a career in film. Additional information about AFI is available at
 AFI.com.
 
 

SOURCE American Film Institute
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Al Pacino has been selected by the
 American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 35th AFI
 Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, it was
 announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees.
 The award will be presented to Pacino at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on
 June 7, 2007.
     "I am moved and honored to be considered for such a prestigious award,"
 said Pacino.
     "Al Pacino is an icon of American film," said Stringer. "He has created
 some of the great characters in the movies -- from Michael Corleone to Tony
 Montana to Roy Cohn. His career inspires audiences and artists alike, with
 each new performance a master class for a generation of actors to follow.
 AFI is proud to present him with its 35th Life Achievement Award."
     "Al Pacino is that rare combination of consummate craftsman and genuine
 star," said Bonnie Hammer, President, USA Network and SCI FI Channel.
 "We're thrilled to join AFI in a celebration of his outstanding career."
     USA Network will broadcast the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute
 in June, 2007. Bob Gazzale, who served as executive producer and writer of
 AFI's Tributes to George Lucas, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Sean
 Connery, will continue in these roles.
     About Al Pacino
     AL PACINO is an eight-time Academy Award nominee. After having received
 Best Actor nominations for ... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, THE GODFATHER PART II,
 DOG DAY AFTERNOON and SERPICO (which also earned him a Golden Globe Award),
 Pacino won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Lt. Colonel Frank
 Slade in SCENT OF A WOMAN (for which he also won a Golden Globe Award).
     He received three nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his roles as
 Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER, DICK TRACY (he also won a 1990 American
 Comedy Award for this role), and in David Mamet's screen adaptation of
 GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.
     In 2005, Pacino starred as Shylock in an adaptation of Shakespeare's
 MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford. In 2004, he won an Emmy
 for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in HBO's television adaptation of Tony
 Kushner's play Angels in America for director Mike Nichols. Earlier that
 year he was seen on-stage as King Herod in Oscar Wilde's Salome both
 off-Broadway in Brooklyn and on Broadway and as Arturo Ui in Bertolt
 Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Pace University.
     His other recent film credits include Miramax Film's PEOPLE I KNOW for
 director Dan Algrant and Disney's THE RECRUIT in which he starred with
 Colin Farrell.
     In 2002, Pacino starred with Robin Williams and Hilary Swank in
 Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA and in writer-director Andrew Niccol's SIMONE.
 In late 1999, Pacino was seen in THE INSIDER for Touchstone Pictures. In
 the film, he played 60 MINUTES reporter Lowell Bergman and starred opposite
 Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer. Michael Mann directed this film,
 which received seven Academy Award nominations. Pacino also starred in
 Oliver Stone's football saga, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, where he portrayed a
 football coach and starred opposite Cameron Diaz, James Woods and Dennis
 Quaid.
     In 2000, Pacino completed his second directorial effort, CHINESE
 COFFEE, a film in which he also stars and produced. This film is based on a
 play written by Ira Lewis that Pacino performed at Circle in the Square in
 1992. The story revolves around a conversation between a Greenwich Village
 writer and his friend, as they talk about friendship, love and dreams.
     He also directed and starred in LOOKING FOR RICHARD, a meditation on
 Shakespeare's Richard III, which he conceived and directed (and for which
 he received the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Documentary award
 from the Director's Guild of America). The film also starred Winona Ryder,
 Alec Baldwin and Aidan Quinn.
     Pacino's other film credits include Mike Newell's DONNIE BRASCO, a film
 which co-starred Johnny Depp; THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, with Keanu Reeves and
 Charlize Theron; Miramax's TWO BITS, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio;
 HEAT, with Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, directed by Michael Mann; CITY
 HALL, which also starred John Cusack, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello; and
 in Brian de Palma's CARLITO'S WAY.
     Additional films include FRANKIE & JOHNNY, THE GODFATHER PART III, SEA
 OF LOVE, REVOLUTION, SCARFACE, AUTHOR! AUTHOR!, BOBBY DEERFIELD and
 SCARECROW, for which he received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film
 Festival in 1973. He made his film debut in 1971 in THE PANIC IN NEEDLE
 PARK.
     Pacino produced, starred in and co-directed the independent film
 adaptation of the play The Local Stigmatic, presented in March 1990 at New
 York's Museum of Modern Art and the Public Theatre.
     After studying with Herbert Berghof and later with Lee Strasberg at the
 Actor's Studio, Pacino made his professional acting debut in off-Broadway
 productions of The Connection and Hello, Out There. He then won an Obie
 Award for Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants The Bronx.
     Pacino has won two Tony Awards for his starring roles in The Basic
 Training of Pavlo Hummel and Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? He is a longtime
 member of David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company of Boston, where he
 has performed in Richard III and in Bertolt Brecht's Arturo Ui. In New York
 and London, he acted in David Mamet's American Buffalo. Also in New York,
 he appeared in Richard III and as Marc Antony in Julius Caesar at the late
 Joseph Papp's Public Theatre.
     During the spring and summer of 1994, Pacino appeared in repertory at
 Circle in the Square. He presented the New York debut of Oscar Wilde's
 Salome and the premiere presentation of Ira Lewis' Chinese Coffee. He
 directed and starred in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, which opened in early July
 1996 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and moved to Circle in the
 Square in New York in mid-July where it continued its run through the end
 of August.
     Pacino won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Feature
 Project (IFP) at their 1996 Gotham Awards. In 2000, Pacino was honored by
 the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He also received the Cecil B. De Mille
 Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001.
     In late 2005, Pacino starred as Walter Abrams in Universal's TWO FOR
 THE MONEY, a thriller about the high-stakes world of sports betting. The
 film also starred Mathew McConaughey and Rene Russo. In 2006, he reprised
 his role as King Herod Antipas in Oscar Wilde's Salome at the Wadsworth
 Theatre in Los Angeles.
     About the AFI Life Achievement Award
     The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement
 Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on February 26, 1973. It
 is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria
 as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:
     "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way
 advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by
 scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose
 work has stood the test of time."
     In 1993, the trustees extended the criteria to encompass "individuals
 with active careers and work of significance yet to be accomplished."
     AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients
     Al Pacino joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen
 for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973.
     1973     John Ford
     1974     James Cagney
     1975     Orson Welles
     1976     William Wyler
     1977     Bette Davis
     1978     Henry Fonda
     1979     Alfred Hitchcock
     1980     James Stewart
     1981     Fred Astaire
     1982     Frank Capra
     1983     John Huston
     1984     Lillian Gish
     1985     Gene Kelly
     1986     Billy Wilder
     1987     Barbara Stanwyck
     1988     Jack Lemmon
     1989     Gregory Peck
     1990     Sir David Lean
     1991     Kirk Douglas
     1992     Sidney Poitier
     1993     Elizabeth Taylor
     1994     Jack Nicholson
     1995     Steven Spielberg
     1996     Clint Eastwood
     1997     Martin Scorsese
     1998     Robert Wise
     1999     Dustin Hoffman
     2000     Harrison Ford
     2001     Barbra Streisand
     2002     Tom Hanks
     2003     Robert De Niro
     2004     Meryl Streep
     2005     George Lucas
     2006     Sean Connery
 
     About the American Film Institute
     AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education
 and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film,
 television and digital media. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers
 at its world-renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage
 through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital
 technologies in entertainment and education through the AFI Digital Content
 Lab and K-12 Screen Education Center. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in
 the US, AFI ON SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST presented by Audi:
 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival -- as well as year-round
 programming at ArcLight Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural
 Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, including SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery
 Channel Documentary Festival. AFI AWARDS, the annual almanac for the 21st
 century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television
 programs of the year, while AFI's 100 Years . . . series has ignited
 extraordinary public interest in classic American movies. And, during the
 past 34 years, AFI's Life Achievement Award has become the highest honor
 for a career in film. Additional information about AFI is available at
 AFI.com.
 
 SOURCE American Film Institute