Al Pacino

Two men embrace.

2011 National Medal of Arts recipient and actor Al Pacino receives his medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 13, 2012. Photo by Anthony Brown, Imigination Photography.


Al Pacino is an enduring and iconic figure, who came of age in one of the most exciting decades of American cinema, the 1970s. His signature intensity as an actor was originally honed for the stage, under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg, and he has become one of the most outstanding and accomplished American artists.