Michael Corleone, Tony Montana, Frank Serpico, Carlito Brigante…these are just a few of the iconic movie roles brought to life by legendary actor Al Pacino. With a career spanning almost six decades and with countless awards under his belt, Pacino has also starred in some of HBO’s most prolific original films and miniseries, including the upcoming PATERNO.
In the new HBO movie premiering Saturday, Pacino portrays Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history whose legacy is challenged after the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
Here’s a look at some of Pacino’s most seminal HBO roles to date:
ANGELS IN AMERICA (TMN GO and CraveTV)
Pacino’s first project with HBO was the powerful 2003 miniseries ANGELS IN AMERICA. Adapted from the play of the same name, the six-part drama also stars Emma Thompson and Meryl Streep and chronicles the stories behind several AIDS diagnoses in New York City. Pacino won Golden Globe® and Emmy® Awards for his portrayal of a closeted right-wing fixer who hides his sexuality to preserve his image.
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK (TMN GO)
In HBO’s 2010 original film YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Pacino portrayed Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the controversial former pathologist who launched a crusade to provide what he considered to be a humane and dignified option for the terminally ill: assisted suicide. Pacino won big for his portrayal of Kevorkian, winning an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award®.
PHIL SPECTOR (TMN GO & CraveTV)
In 2013, Pacino played the title role in the HBO original film PHIL SPECTOR, which explored the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren) who represented him during his first trial for murder.
PATERNO premieres on Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.