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As far as I know, an actor voice is something that does not change much, but I realized that Al Pacino's voice has changed a lot in a short amount of time.

In The Godfather, part II (1974) he has a clean voice (extract here).

However, in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) or Heat (1995) he has a completely different voice. It doesn't even look like the same person.

  • What is not clear in that question? – Silver Bebs Sep 5 '17 at 10:35
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    I'm not the downvoter, but it's not a matter of the question not being clear, it's a matter of it not being a good question. How is this any different from asking why someone has visually aged faster (or slower) than you would expect? Such a question is inherently based on your expectations of how they should have aged, which is based on an opinion. – Flater Sep 5 '17 at 10:41
  • @Flater, Al Pacino is a famous actor and his voice change happened with a really noticeable way, that doesn't look natural like other people. There were a flag for "not clear". – Silver Bebs Sep 5 '17 at 10:48
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    As someone who works with professional vocalists and has an education in voice production I can assure u that Al Pacino's vocal degredation is not normal. The human voice should continue to improve until at least at 45. – Jamie Marshall Feb 12 '18 at 7:38
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20 years is not a short amount of time.

Regardless, Pacino's voice has changed over the years, which is natural. In addition, his acting style has changed signficantly from the early Godfather days to more "shouty" characters...at least that is what he is known for.

However, he has been a smoker for many years.

Stopped a two-pack-a-day smoking habit to protect his voice (1994). In the mid-1980s, he had been smoking four packs of cigarettes a day. He now only occasionally smokes herbal cigarettes.

IMDB Biogrpahy

It seems clear that Pacino was well aware that his voice was under threat and took steps to amend his lifestyle (at least moderately) to protect it.

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