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From Famous to Infamous: Al Pacino's Mug Shot

This installment of From Famous to Infamous features the mug shot of legendary actor Al Pacino, taken during his younger days. Learn more about the movie star's mug shot after the jump.

American actor and director Al Pacino is without a doubt one of the biggest names in the history of Hollywood, considered as a legend for his acting prowess. While he has numerous acclaimed and award-winning films under his credit belt, he is best known for portraying crooks and goons in gangster flicks like The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, and 1990), Scarface (1983), and Dick Tracy (1990).

These gangster roles certainly catapulted him to Hollywood stardom, but perhaps not many know or remember that Pacino also had a teeny taste of notoriety in his younger years. In early January 1961, the actor was apprehended for possession of a concealed weapon.

Photo via Screened

According to a sketchy arrest report, the young Pacino was traveling with two other men, and caught the attention of the police for suspicious behavior. It didn’t help that they were also reportedly wearing black masks and gloves. The police had them pull over and searched their car, and found a .38 caliber pistol in the trunk. Pacino and his companions were then arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

Pacino and his companions said that they were actors on the way to an acting stint in New York City, and needed the gun for the job. Although reports said that the police were doubtful of their explanation, charges against the then 21-year-old Pacino and his companions were eventually dropped. All that’s left of his brush with infamy is a little bit of controversy and the mug shot above.

Make sure to check out the rest of the installments of the From Famous to Infamous series!

Sources and additional readings:

Al Pacino — Wikipedia
Al Pacino — Hollywood Behind Bars
Al Pacino — Absolute Now
Al Pacino — Crime, About.com

written by plasticpopsicle

3 comments

  1. basterda

    basterda

    The young Pacino melts my heart. :D

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  2. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    Interesting.

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  3. uneak

    uneak

    Woooooow, never knew this about him, but aside from his early criminal life, he is an AMAZING actor!

    about 3 years ago · report as spam

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