Al Pacino’s Health: The 81-Year-Old Star’s Struggle With ‘Terrifying’ Depression

Pacino’s breakthrough role in The Godfather earned him Oscar and Golden Globe nods. But, the completion of the picture and being thrust into the spotlight led Pacino’s mental health to deteriorate.

Director and actor Lee Strasberg advised the struggling young actor at the time to “adapt to his new existence,” but Pacino himself admitted that it is not that simple.

“I went through some stuff,” Pacino stated on a podcast. “For 25 years, I went to counseling five days a week.”