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Michael Caine

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  • Birth Date:
    14 March 1933
  • Birth Place:
    Rotherhithe, London, England, UK
  • Age:
    87 years
  • Occupations:
    actor

Biography

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War, where he saw combat. Upon his return to England, he gravitated toward the theater and got a job as an assistant stage manager. He adopted the name of Caine on the advice of his agent, taking it from a marquee that advertised The Caine Mutiny (1954). In the years that followed, he worked in more than 100 television dramas, with repertory companies throughout England and eventually in the stage hit "The Long and the Short and the Tall".

Zulu (1964), the epic retelling of a historic 19th-century battle in South Africa between British soldiers and Zulu warriors, brought Caine to international attention. Instead of being typecast as a low-ranking Cockney soldier, he played a snobbish, aristocratic officer. Although "Zulu" was a major success, it was the role of Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965) and the title role in Alfie (1966) that made Caine a star of the first magnitude. He epitomized the new breed of actor in mid-1960s England, the working-class bloke with glasses and a down-home accent. However, after initially starring in some excellent films, particularly in the 1960s, including Gambit (1966), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Play Dirty (1969), Battle of Britain (1969), Too Late the Hero (1970), The Last Valley (1971) and especially Get Carter (1971), he seemed to take on roles in below-average films, simply for the money he could by then command.

However, there were some gems amongst the dross. He gave a magnificent performance opposite Sean Connery in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and turned in a solid one as a German colonel in The Eagle Has Landed (1976). Educating Rita (1983) and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (for which he won his first Oscar) were highlights of the 1980s, while more recently Little Voice (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999) (his second Oscar) and Last Orders (2001) have been widely acclaimed. Caine played Nigel Powers in the parody sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. He appeared in several other of Nolan's films including The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014). He also appeared as a supporting character in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men (2006) and Pixar's sequel Cars 2 (2011).

As of 2015, films in which Caine has starred have grossed over $7.4 billion worldwide. He is ranked the ninth highest grossing box office star. Caine is one of several actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting every decade from five consecutive decades (the other being Laurence Olivier and Meryl Streep). He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1992 Birthday Honours, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2000 Birthday Honours in recognition for his contributions to the cinema.

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Michael Caine and Shirley Knight in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Michael Caine, Sally Field, and Karl Malden in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Michael Caine in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Michael Caine and Eva Renzi in Funeral in Berlin (1966)
Michael Caine in Medieval (2019)
Michael Caine in Youth (2015)
Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine in Youth (2015)
Michael Caine in Youth (2015)
Harvey Keitel, Michael Caine, and Rachel Weisz in Youth (2015)
Michael Caine in Youth (2015)
Michael Caine in Youth (2015)
Michael Caine in Youth (2015)
Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Alex Macqueen, Adam Jackson-Smith, etc.
Michael Caine in Premio Donostia a Michael Caine (2000)
Michael Caine in Premio Donostia a Michael Caine (2000)
Michael Caine in The Dark Knight (2008)
Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse, etc.
Michael Caine in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Michael Caine in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Michael Caine in Interstellar (2014)
Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, and Anne Hathaway in Interstellar (2014)
Matthew McConaughey and Michael Caine in Interstellar (2014)
Michael Caine and John Lithgow in Interstellar (2014)
Michael Caine, John Lithgow, and Mackenzie Foy in Interstellar (2014)
Michael Caine in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine and Andrea Marcovicci in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, and Bruce McGill in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine and Viveca Lindfors in The Hand (1981)
Michael Caine in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Michael Caine in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Michael Caine and Sven-Bertil Taube in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Michael Caine and Jean Marsh in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Michael Caine, Jean Marsh, and John Standing in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Michael Caine, Treat Williams, Judy Geeson, etc.
Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, etc.
Michael Caine and Sven-Bertil Taube in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Michael Caine and Burgess Meredith in Hurry Sundown (1967)
Michael Caine in Kidnapped (1971)
Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney in Pulp (1972)
Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney in Pulp (1972)
Michael Caine in Pulp (1972)
Michael Caine and Ave Ninchi in Pulp (1972)
Michael Caine and Lionel Stander in Pulp (1972)
Michael Caine and Nadia Cassini in Pulp (1972)

Filmography

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