May 22, 2022

Al Pacino wanted Beverly D’Angelo to be the mother of his children

Al Pacino’s road to stardom wasn’t filled with roses and splendour; it’s more about a rough life marked by a horrible childhood, but despite his bad experience as a child, he begged to be a dad.

Alfredo James Pacino, 81, is one of Hollywood’s living legends and one of the most talented actors who has wowed audiences around the world for more than five decades. Pacino has worked extensively for theatre, film and television, and his performances have earned him numerous accolades and awards.

His childhood, however, was far from the success he enjoyed; she was filled with sadness, because he grew up alone. Pacino is the only child of an Italian immigrant couple who divorced when he was just a baby. His father moved to the West Coast, leaving his mother to raise him in New York.

Al Pacino & Beverley D’Angelo at the UK premiere of the film ‘Any Given Sunday’ March 29, 2000 [à gauche]. Olivia Rose and Al Pacino spotted on April 26, 2009 in Beverly Hills [à droite] | Photo : Getty Images

Pacino would later grow up, influenced by the films he watched as a child, and would pursue a career in Hollywood. After finding success, he longs to be a father and begs his longtime flame, Beverly D’Angelo, to give him children.

Since the 1970s, Pacino has bewitched moviegoers with his on-screen magic. Among his greatest works are roles in films like “The Godfather”, “A dog’s afternoon”, “Dick Tracy” and “The perfume of a woman”.

He is a versatile artist who has participated in various projects during his illustrious career, including several stage productions and the making of several films.

Al Pacino attending the premiere of Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Hunters’ at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, CA in February 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

He won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a blind man in the 1992 classic, “The Scent of a Woman,” and later the American Film Institute presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Although he came from a broken home, Pacino was positively influenced by his mother and paternal grandfather. His mother helped him discover his passion by taking him to the movies to see his heroes perform. Later, he returned home to practice everything he had seen in the theater.

His grandfather, James Gerardi, taught him the importance and value of hard work, which rubbed off on the young Pacino. From then on, work is no longer a question of money but the pursuit of a passion.

Al Pacino attends the 14th Santa Barbara International Film Festival | Photo: Getty Images

As a young child, Pacino did not show much promise in his studies and was often saddened by his consistent poor results. Unable to take it any longer, he left school at the age of 17.

After dropping out of school, Pacino held various jobs before moving to Greenwich Village in 1959 to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.

He began his theater studies at the Herbert Berghof Studio and quickly obtained roles in off-Broadway productions, including a role in William Saroyan’s “Hello Out There” in 1963.

Al Pacino speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Live with Al Pacino at DGA Theater on December 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images.

Pacino then furthered his career when he was accepted into the Actors Studio in 1966, where he studied under famed instructor Lee Strasberg. Pacino’s work at this establishment allowed him to play roles in notable productions such as the Broadway production “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?”, which won a Tony Award in 1969.

However, Pacino’s performance in a little-known 1971 film titled “Panic in Needle Park” would catapult his career to new heights.

Francis Ford Coppola, who was in the middle of a casting for his next film “The Godfather”, based on Mario Puzo’s novel, noticed Pacino’s portrayal of a heroin addict in the film and was impressed.

Al Pacino attends Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ premiere at TCL Chinese Theater on October 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images.

Although he considered heavyweights such as Robert Redford and Jack Nicholson for the role, Coppola ultimately chose Pacino, who was fairly unknown to the public. ‘The Godfather’, which was released in 1972, was a huge hit and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time and took Pacino’s career to another level.

After the success of The Godfather, Pacino became a highly sought after lead actor. He starred in three consecutive popular films after co-starring with Gene Hackman in ‘The Scarecrow’, each of which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Pacino has won an Oscar, two Emmys, two Tony Awards and four Golden Globe Awards and is widely talked about in Hollywood as an all-time great.

Al Pacino at DGA Theater on February 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images


Pacino is one of Hollywood’s most prolific bachelors, and he loves that label; however, fatherhood has always been a dream for him, even though he hasn’t had the best of fathers.

Pacino and actress Beverly D’Angelo had a long love affair, and their relationship made them the parents of twins Anton and Olivia. However, their journey as parents has a story. The couple started dating in 1997 and had no plans to get married, but decided to start a family after Pacino begged him.


Unfortunately, their romance did not last. Beverly welcomes their children at 49, and at 51 she is already a single mother, and their relationship has failed. An intense custody battle ensues.

The duo fight over their then two-year-old twins, and Beverly accuses Pacino of being an irresponsible, controlling man who has never changed a diaper. The actor’s camp argued that Beverly was using the children as hostages.

Pacino and his former flame had to agree to be co-parents as best they could. The actress remarked that she had learned the importance of acceptance and was working hard to give her children a good childhood.

Beverly D’Angelo at “The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling” Screening on March 14, 2018 in California | Photo: Getty Images

In addition to Anton and Olivia, Pacino is the father of Julie Marie, a film producer whom he welcomed with his former girlfriend Jan Tarrant in 1989. Although the actor is not very open about his family or his private life, he confides that he accepted his faults as a father and learned from them.

Pacino said he decided to be a better father than his own, and since welcoming his children, he has been an integral part of their lives and shares a close bond with them.

After his separation from Beverly, Pacino grew closer to his children to help raise them and later confessed that his children changed his outlook on life.

Al Pacino and his twins, son Anton James and daughter Olivia Rose in Malibu, California on August 31, 2008 | Photo: Getty Images

Before welcoming them, the 81-year-old confessed that his whole life revolved around acting, but it became just a part of his life and not the main focus since he embraced fatherhood.

Although he enjoys the excitement of being a family man, Pacino admitted that his fame has sometimes been a hindrance for his family as he finds it difficult to move around with his children without being recognized.

Pacino’s daughter, Olivia, now an adult, shares a beautiful relationship with both of her parents. She shared posts on her Instagram to celebrate their birthdays, and fans could see that the little family remained somewhat united.


Anthony Hopkins is a very famous actor, but fatherhood has not always been his forte. Welsh actor abandoned her only daughter when she was only 14 months old. They reunited later, but it didn’t last long.

Popular Welsh actor, Anthony Hopkins, and his daughter, Abigail Hopkins [à gauche] A portrait of legendary actor, Anthony Hopkins [à droite]. | Photo : Getty Images

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