He’s widely recognised as The Godfather, but off-screen Al Pacino has a rather more intimate family connection as a father of three – a number that will soon climb to four when young lover Noor Alfallah gives birth later this year.
Despite never marrying, the 83-year old has enjoyed numerous high-profile romances since establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s finest acting talents in the early ’70s.
And two of them have resulted in children, with Pacino welcoming daughter Julie Marie, his eldest child, with acting coach Jan Tarrant in 1989.
A later relationship with actress Beverly D’Angelo produced twins Anton James and Olivia Rose in January 2001, just three months before he celebrated his 61st birthday.
But while soon-to-be father-of-four Pacino continues to enjoy the limelight, his children have largely shied away from the public eye.
Modern family: Al Pacino and his three children (L-R Anton James Pacino, Olivia Pacino, Al Pacino, and Julie Marie Pacino in 2020)
Julie Pacino, 33
Born on October 16, 1989, Julie was raised in New York City and soon developed aspirations to follow her famous father into the film industry.
After studying at the New York Film Academy, she launched production company Poverty Row Entertainment with close friend Jennifer DeLia in 2009.
To date the company has produced short projects including music videos and branded content, with an emphasis on themes such as gender and sexuality.
Her work has led to a series of accolades, among them the award for best director at the Venice Shorts Film Festival in 2020 and the silver award for comedy at the Hollywood Gold Awards.
She said: ‘As a production company, we have produced music videos and commercials as well.
‘The short format work we do is so much fun. It’s great to be able to work on something from start to finish and have that on-set experience. I learn something new every time.’
Eldest child: Born on October 16, 1989, Julie Pacino was raised in New York City and soon developed aspirations to follow her famous father into the film industry
Old times: Julie Pacino with her father at the Hollywood premiere of The Recruit in 2003
Pacino launched second production company Tiny Apples in 2020, with new series Harmony in Gold – co-written by the filmmaker – announced shortly afterwards.
‘We are excited to announce Tiny Apples,’ she said in a press release. ‘We welcome the wild and can help bring your craziest expressions to life.
‘Tiny Apples will create the type of content that we would want to watch: fun, dark, immersive stories that people can connect with.’
Anton James, 22
Born via IVF in Los Angeles on January 25, 2001 and twins with sister Olivia, Anton is perhaps the most reclusive of Pacino’s three children.
Unlike many people of his generation, the 22-year old has no social media footprint and appears to shy away from the spotlight.
Infrequent photos of Anton have captured out and about in southern California, while his red carpet appearances alongside Pacino have been rare over recent years.
Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, Pacino said: ‘Before I had my three, I’d walk around in my own head, not noticing anything. Acting used to be everything; now, because of them, it’s just a small part.’
Twins: Pacino and actress Beverly D’Angelo welcomed twins Anton James and Olivia in 2001 following an IVF journey that began in 1997 (L-R Anton James Pacino, Olivia Pacino-Beverly D’Angelo)
Actress mother Beverly D’Angelo, who played Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise, recently opened up about her relationship with Pacino — who will be a 100 when his fourth child turns 18 — and how they overcame ‘complicated’ split to lovingly co-parent Anton and Olivia.
‘My story with Al began 27 years ago, two artists meeting, falling in love,’ she said on Instagram earlier this month.
D’Angelo said that they ‘lived together for seven years, had two children’ and eventually ‘broke up.’
Despite their split, she wrote, they ‘continued steadily on [their] journey as co parents – and came to share [their] lives with a deeper kind of intimacy, honesty and acceptance than a “traditional” relationship would have allowed.’
The ex: D’Angelo said that they ‘lived together for seven years, had two children’ and eventually ‘broke up.’ Their split was finalized in 2004; Pictured in a throwback circa 2000
Olivia Rose, 22
Unlike her twin brother, Olivia has a very active social media presence and frequently gives her 16,000 followers updates on her life in Los Angeles.
In June 2020 she paid tribute to her famous dad on Father’s Day, posting: ‘Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing father ever! You are my best friend.’
Mum D’Angelo previously revealed that she and Pacino bonded through their mutual passion of their craft.
She said: ‘I lived with Al for seven years and we have two children; in 1996, we were on the same plane going from Los Angeles to New York.
‘He was seated in front of me, he said come up and sit beside me and by the time the plane landed, it was on.’
Outgoing: Unlike her twin brother, Olivia has a very active social media presence and frequently gives her 16,000 followers updates on her life in Los Angeles
Family: D’Angelo shared a slideshow of family shots of the twins in their younger years on Instagram earlier this month
Say cheese: Olivia has shared numerous snaps across Instagram, but little is known about her life beyond social media
She said that the following year, ‘He looked me in the eye and said, “I want you to be the mother of my children.”‘
She continued, ‘Although I’d avoided that role my while life, I was deeply in love and I was 100 percent in.’
She said that they completed a round of in vitro fertilization in 1997, and ‘with a lot of effort and the miracles of modern science,’ they welcomed their twins in 2001.
But eventually, things ‘got complicated’ and their ‘split was finalized in 2004.’
She added, ‘The power of our love for our children was the basis for resolving any conflicts and creating a new history as co-parents, leading individual lives separately but always intertwined as a family.’