LOS ANGELES (October 20, 2006) ? Al Pacino has been selected by the American Film Institute’s 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.
Pacino’s film credits include “The Godfather,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Serpico,” “Scarface,” “Heat” and “Any Given Sunday.”
He won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Lt. Colonel Frank Slade in “Scent Of A Woman.”