Al Pacino to Publish Memoir: ‘An Incredibly Personal and Revealing Experience’ (Exclusive)

The acclaimed actor reflects on his craft and career in the new book, out this fall

<p>Brigitte Lacombe</p> Al Pacino

Brigitte Lacombe

Al Pacino

Say hello to Al Pacino's highly-anticipated new book.

The legendary actor announced that his memoir, Sonny Boy, will be published this fall by Penguin Press — and we have an exclusive first look at the cover.

“I wrote Sonny Boy to express what I’ve seen and been through in my life,” Pacino, 83, tells PEOPLE. “It has been an incredibly personal and revealing experience to reflect on this journey and what acting has allowed me to do and the worlds it has opened up.”

<p>Penguin Press</p> 'Sonny Boy' by Al Pacino

Penguin Press

'Sonny Boy' by Al Pacino

While his iconic roles in films like The Godfather trilogy, Scarface and The Panic in Needle Park cemented his name in the Hollywood canon, Pacino will open up about life beyond the screen in his new book. The actor will discuss his childhood in the Bronx, as well as his early artistic inclinations. After a teacher saw his promise as an actor and led him to the High School of Performing Arts in New York, Pacino found a passion for the craft.

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Sonny Boy will also detail Pacino’s legendary career, from his days in avant-garde New York theater to his most famous roles and collaborations. The book further highlights the "the spirit of love and purpose" that have guided Pacino, per the book's description.

The memoir will be published in hardcover, ebook and audiobook formats, with Pacino narrating the audiobook himself.

HAL GARB/AFP via Getty Al Pacino at the 65th Annual Academy Awards
HAL GARB/AFP via Getty Al Pacino at the 65th Annual Academy Awards

Pacino has been nominated for the Academy Award nine times, for films like The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon and The Irishman. He won an Oscar in 1992 for his role as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman, and has also won four Golden Globe Awards and two Tony Awards. He has additionally earned accolades such as a Kennedy Center Honor, the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Merit of Arts from President Barack Obama.

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In Sonny Boy, Pacino will provide a fascinating glimpse into his life.

“My whole life has been a moonshot, and I’ve been a pretty lucky guy so far,” he says.

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Sonny Boy: A Memoir
will be published on Oct. 8 and is now available for pre-order.

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