Clayburgh at the time was also appearing on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, playing the role of Grace Bolton.
On February 25, 1969, Pacino made his Broadway debut in Don Petersen's Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?
at the Belasco Theater, produced by A&P Heir Huntington Hartford.
International acclaim and recognition was won with his breakthrough role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) receiving his first Oscar nomination and would reprise the role in the sequels The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).
Pacino's performance as Michael Corleone in these films is regarded as one of the greatest screen performances in film history.
This was in a limited run of 87 performances following the acclaimed reviews of four performances in October 2015.
Pacino found acting enjoyable and realized he had a gift for it while studying at The Actors Studio.
For his performances in The Godfather, Dick Tracy (1990) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Pacino was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Other notable roles include Tony Montana in Scarface (1983), Carlito Brigante in Carlito's Way (1993), Lieutenant Vincent Hanna in Heat (1995), Benjamin Ruggiero in Donnie Brasco (1997), Lowell Bergman in The Insider (1999) and Detective Will Dormer in Insomnia (2002).
In 1985, Al offered the company his production of Hughie by Eugene O'Neill, but the company was unable to do it at the time due to the small cast.