Michael Caine

Actor, Producer, Production office assistant
Prolific British film actor Michael Caine rose to fame as an icon of London's 'swinging '60s,' but four decades later, having contributed to some of cinematic history's highest and lowest moments, he was ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1933 in Bermondsey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (151)

Now You See Me: The Second Act 2016 (Movie)

Arthur Tressler (Actor)

Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

The Last Witch Hunter 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Foxhole in Cairo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

Professor Brand (Actor)

Stonehearst Asylum 2014 (Movie)

Benjamin Salt (Actor)

Youth 2014 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Last Love 2013 (Movie)

Matthew Morgan (Actor)

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Arthur Tressler (Actor)

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D 2012 (Movie)

Alexander Anderson (Actor)

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Finn McMissile (Voice)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

Lord Redbrick (Voice)

Harry Brown 2010 (Movie)

Harry Brown (Actor)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

Miles (Actor)

Is Anybody There? 2009 (Movie)

Clarence (Actor)

Flawless 2008 (Movie)

Hobbs (Actor)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

Sleuth 2007 (Movie)

Andrew Wyke (Actor)

Children of Men 2006 (Movie)

Jasper (Actor)

The Prestige 2006 (Movie)

Cutter (Actor)

Batman Begins 2005 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Nigel Bigelow (Actor)

The Weather Man 2005 (Movie)

Robert Spritz (Actor)

Around the Bend 2004 (Movie)

Henry Lair (Actor)

Secondhand Lions 2003 (Movie)

Garth (Actor)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Actors 2003 (Movie)

Tom O'Malley (Actor)

The Statement 2003 (Movie)

Pierre Brossard (Actor)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

Nigel Powers (Actor)

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Quiet American 2002 (Movie)

Thomas Fowler (Actor)

Last Orders 2001 (Movie)

Jack Dodds (Actor)

Quicksand 2001 (Movie)

Jake Mellows (Actor)

Steve Martin Seriously Funny 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Carter 2000 (Movie)

Cliff Brumby (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

Victor Melling (Actor)

Quills 2000 (Movie)

Doctor Royer-Collard (Actor)

Shadow Run 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shiner 2000 (Movie)

Billy 'Shiner' Simpson (Actor)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Wilbur Larch (Actor)

The Debtors 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Dynasty 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

Max Gale (Actor)

Little Voice 1998 (Movie)

Ray Say (Actor)

Midnight in Saint Petersburg 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood & Wine 1997 (Movie)

Victor Spansky (Actor)

Bullet to Beijing 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Places 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Moore: A Matter of Class 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Clive James' Postcards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

On Deadly Ground 1994 (Movie)

Michael Jennings (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Ice 1992 (Movie)

Harry Anders (Actor)

King Midas and the Golden Touch 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Michael Caine on Acting in Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Noises Off 1992 (Movie)

Lloyd Fellowes (Actor)

The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 (Movie)

Scrooge (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Shock to the System 1990 (Movie)

Graham Marshall (Actor)

Bullseye! 1990 (Movie)

Dr Daniel Hicklar (Actor)

Jekyll & Hyde 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Destiny 1990 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cary Grant: A Celebration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)

Lawrence Jamieson (Actor)

Without A Clue 1988 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

Jaws: The Revenge 1987 (Movie)

Hoagie (Actor)

John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Sean Stein (Actor)

The Fourth Protocol 1987 (Movie)

John Preston (Actor)

The Whistle Blower 1987 (Movie)

Frank Jones (Actor)

This Time It's Personal -- Jaws: The Revenge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Moon Street 1986 (Movie)

Lord Sam Bulbeck (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Elliot (Actor)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

Mortwell (Actor)

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

Elliot James (Actor)

Water 1986 (Movie)

Baxter Thwaites (Actor)

Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Holcroft Covenant 1985 (Movie)

Noel Holcroft (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Blame It on Rio 1984 (Movie)

Matthew Hollis (Actor)

Beyond the Limit 1983 (Movie)

Charley Fortnum (Actor)

Educating Rita 1983 (Movie)

Dr Frank Bryant (Actor)

The Jigsaw Man 1983 (Movie)

Sir Philip Kimberley (Actor)

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

Sidney Bruhl (Actor)

The Hand 1981 (Movie)

Jon Lansdale (Actor)

Victory 1981 (Movie)

Captain John Colby (Actor)

Dressed to Kill 1980 (Movie)

Dr. Robert Elliott (Actor)

The Island 1980 (Movie)

Blair Maynard (Actor)

Ashanti 1979 (Movie)

Dr David Linderby (Actor)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Mike Turner (Actor)

California Suite 1978 (Movie)

Sidney Cochran (Actor)

Silver Bears 1978 (Movie)

Doc Fletcher (Actor)

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

Brad Crane (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel "Joe" Vandeleur (Actor)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Adam Worth (Actor)

Peeper 1976 (Movie)

Leslie Tucker (Actor)

Rickles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Eagle Has Landed 1975 (Movie)

Lieutenant-Colonel Kurt Steiner (Actor)

The Man Who Would Be King 1975 (Movie)

Peachy Carnehan (Actor)

The Black Windmill 1974 (Movie)

Major Tarrant (Actor)

The Romantic Englishwoman 1974 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

The Wilby Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

Keogh (Actor)

The Destructors 1973 (Movie)

Deray (Actor)

Pulp 1972 (Movie)

Mickey King (Actor)

Sleuth 1972 (Movie)

Milo Tindle (Actor)

Get Carter 1971 (Movie)

Jack Carter (Actor)

Kidnapped 1971 (Movie)

Alan Breck (Actor)

X Y & Zee 1971 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

Private Tosh Hearne (Actor)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

Squadron Leader Canfield (Actor)

The Italian Job 1969 (Movie)

Charlie Croker (Actor)

Deadfall 1968 (Movie)

Henry Clarke (Actor)

The Magus 1968 (Movie)

Nicholas Urfe (Actor)

Billion Dollar Brain 1967 (Movie)

Harry Palmer (Actor)

Gambit 1967 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Hurry Sundown 1967 (Movie)

Henry Warren (Actor)

Play Dirty 1967 (Movie)

Captain Douglas (Actor)

Woman Times Seven 1967 (Movie)

Handsome Stranger (Actor)

Funeral in Berlin 1966 (Movie)

Harry Palmer (Actor)

Solo For Sparrow 1966 (Movie)

Mooney (Actor)

Tonite Let's All Make Love in London 1966 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alfie 1965 (Movie)

Alfie (Actor)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

Michael Finsbury (Actor)

The Ipcress File 1964 (Movie)

Harry Palmer (Actor)

Zulu 1964 (Movie)

Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead (Actor)

The Wrong Arm of the Law 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carve Her Name With Pride 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

How to Murder a Rich Uncle 1958 (Movie)

Gilrony (Actor)

The Key 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Two-Headed Spy 1958 (Movie)

Gestapo Agent (Actor)

Hell in Korea 1956 (Movie)

Private Lockyer (Actor)

Jack the Ripper (TV Show)

Actor

Mandela and de Klerk (TV Show)

Actor

The Bulldog Breed (Movie)

Sailor (uncredited) (Actor)
Producer (2)

The Double 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blue Ice 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Prolific British film actor Michael Caine rose to fame as an icon of London's 'swinging '60s,' but four decades later, having contributed to some of cinematic history's highest and lowest moments, he was recognized as an international film legend. Caine initially seemed an unlikely movie star, with his glasses and working class cockney accent, but with films like "The Ipcress File" (1965) and "Alfie" (1966), he came to personify the cultural upheaval of 1960s Britain, when the smashing of class barriers finally meant that regular blokes had a shot at the spotlight. With his foundation in repertory theater, Caine had already played hundreds of characters by the time he hit it big, and that background made him one of the most versatile leading actors on film. He deftly transitioned from gritty mobster ("Get Carter"), to scheming soldier ("The Man Who Would Be King"), warm-hearted doctor ("The Cider House Rules"), charming con man ("Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"), erudite professor ("Educating Rita") to transvestite psychologist murderer ("Dressed to Kill"). Caine convincingly inhabited some of the best-known characters in literature and world history - not through self-analysis and method acting, but by holding up a mirror to the audience, presenting them with truths about themselves. His realistic acting style and ability to connect with an audience earned the actor a reputation for being approachable and down-to-earth, despite his ultra-luxury lifestyle and bona fide star status. For Caine, this was no act, as he had risen from the poorest of the poor with all odds seemingly stacked against him.

Relationships

David Burchell

Half-Brother
Born in 1925 suffered brain damage through epilepsy as a child and was physically disabled mother had given him as an infant to foster parents was institutionalized for 40 years died of pneumonia in March 1992

Shakira Caine Actor

Wife
Married Jan. 8, 1973

Dominique Caine

Daughter
Born in 1956 mother, Patricia Haines married Rowland Fernyhough Nobermber 10, 1981

Natasha Caine

Daughter
Born in July 1973 mother, Shakira Baksh married to Tim Scott, who owns a chain of juice bars in Great Britain (wedding took place Sept. 9, 2000)

Patricia Haines Actor

Wife
Married 1955 Divorced 1958

Maurice Micklewhite

Father
Married Caine's mother in 1931 died in 1957 of liver cancer

Ellen Micklewhite

Mother
Married Caine's father in 1931 died in 1989

Stanley Micklewhite

Brother
Born in 1936

EDUCATION

Wilson's Grammar School

Surrey
During World War II was evacuated to North Runcton in Norfolk

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in the adventure sequel "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"

2012

Reprised role of Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"

2011

Voiced Finn McMissile, a British secret agent in the animated feature "Cars 2"

2010

Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi thriller "Inception"

2008

Reprised role of Alfred in the second installment of the revived Batman series "The Dark Knight"

2008

Co-starred with Demi Moore in "Flawless"

2007

Played the role of Andrew Wyke (originally portrayed by Laurence Olivier) in the adaptation of the 1972 film "Sleuth"; Caine also starred in the original opposite Olivier

2006

Played a pot-smoking hippie in Alfonso Cuaron's futuristic tale "The Children of Men"

2006

Again collaborated with director Christopher Nolan for "The Prestige"

2005

Played Nicole Kidman's ancient warlock father in the comedy "Bewitched"

2005

Cast as Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"

2003

Portrayed Nazi executioner Pierre Brossard in "The Statement"

2003

Cast alongside Robert Duvall in "Secondhand Lions"

2002

Played a British journalist in Phillip Noyce's "The Quiet American"; received Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominations

2002

Appeared in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" as the title character's father

2001

Starred in the dramatic film "Last Orders" which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival

2000

Co-starred with Jeffrey Rush and Kate Winslet in the critically acclaimed "Quills"

1999

Won second Academy Award as Dr. Larch in Lasse Hallström's "The Cider House Rules"; adapted by John Irving

1998

Received rave reviews for his turn as a sleazy talent agent in "Little Voice"

1995

Reprised the role of Harry Palmer in the Showtime original "Bullet to Beijing"

1994

Portrayed Joseph Stalin in the NBC miniseries "World War II: When Lions Roared"

1993

Co-produced (also starred) the HBO spy drama "Blue Ice"

1988

American TV miniseries debut, "Jack the Ripper" (CBS)

1988

Co-starred with Steve Martin as con artists in the Frank Oz directed comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

1987

Debut as executive producer, "The Fourth Protocol"

1986

Won first Oscar as Mia Farrow's cheating husband in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"

1983

Received third Best Actor Oscar nomination as an alcoholic university professor who mentors a promising female student in "Educating Rita"

1980

Had starring role in Brian De Palma's stylized thriller "Dressed to Kill"

1975

Co-starred opposite Sean Connery in John Huston's epic adventure "The Man Who Would Be King"

1972

Received second Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work opposite Laurence Olivier in "Sleuth"

1968

Starred in the British cult favorite "The Italian Job"

1966

First American film, "Gambit" opposite Shirley MacLaine

1966

Earned first Best Actor Oscar nomination for the woman-chasing title character in "Alfie"

1965

Debuted working-class spy Harry Palmer in "The Ipcress File"

1964

First starring feature role, playing against type as posh Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in "Zulu"

1960

Appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in London

1956

Film acting debut in a bit part in "Hell in Korea"

1954

Appeared in Theatre Workshop in Stratford East, London and Sam Wanamaker's company in Liverpool

1951

Drafted for the National Service and spent one year in West Berlin and another in the Royal Fusiliers in combat in Korea

1949

Worked on set of the British film "Morning Departure"

Began acting apprenticeship while still in grammar school

Attended night drama classes, supporting himself with various day jobs

Began appearing regularly on TV in mid-1950s

First theater job, assistant stage manager at Westminster Repertory Theatre; led to work with Lowestoft Repertory Theater

Bonus Trivia

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Caine's original stage name was Michael Scott. In order to get a TV role, he was required to join Actors Equity and there was already another Michael Scott in the union. From a phone box in a London street, on a call to his agent and pressed for time, the actor spotted a cinema marquee advertising "The Caine Mutiny" and quickly chose Caine as his new surname.

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In 1976, Caine opened a restaurant in London, Langen's Brasserie. Twenty years later, he was the owner of six restaurants worldwide.

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Caine's brother David's existence in a mental hospital was kept secret from him for over 40 years although his mother visited David regularly until she died in 1989.

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On accepting his Golden Globe Award during the 1999 telecast, Caine quipped, "My career must be slipping. This is the first time I've ever been able to pick up an award."

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"The cinema is my stage – I love the buzz, the adrenaline. The theatre is as hazardous as ice-skating, why do it if you don't have to? Both activities are high risk and low reward. Anyway, there is more money in making films and more enjoyment." – Caine quoted in the London Times, Jan. 30, 1999

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In June 2000, Caine was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

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When he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2000 for "The Cider House Rules," Caine became only the second British male to have won two Academy Awards. The first was Peter Ustinov.

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Caine puts it all down to class. "I'm every bourgeois' nightmare," he drawls. "A Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars. They think they should have done it, but then why didn't they, if they were so much smarter and more intelligent than this stupid Cockney git? So their revenge is to say 'he's not a real actor, he's a Cockney actor.' It's like calling Tony Hopkins a Welsh actor or Sean Connery a Scots actor. Why am I a 'Cockney actor' and they are just actors?""Now I've got incredible reviews as an American doctor. But it'll still be 'good ol' Cockney, go down the pub and have some jellied eels, Michael'. I haven't been in a pub since God knows when, and I've never had jellied eels." He shudders. "I couldn't eat them, it'd be horrible. But it doesn't worry me. I'm only talking about it because it's come up now. I wouldn't otherwise." – from the London Times, Feb. 16, 2000

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The band Bottlefly paid tribute to the actor with the song "Michael Caine" in 2000.

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"You get to a stage where you need the work less. It's harder to get up in the morning, because you're getting older and you're fussier and fussier about what you do. Anything I do is going to be a joy – Supposedly. You can still make mistake. But I don't do movies to pay the rent: I do them because I really want to. And also, of course, when you get older, you become a movie actor again instead of a movie star, and you get much more interesting roles." – Caine to Film Comment magazine, March/April 2004

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"The great thing about acting, people say, 'Aren't you a bit old for acting?' I say, 'Well, how old are the people in the story? Do they have stories where there aren't any 80-year-olds in it or 75-year-olds?' They always need someone that age, you know? So it intrigues me." – Caine quoted to CNN.com, June 21, 2005

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Caine was made a Commander of Arts and Letters in France after receiving the country's highest cultural honor on Jan. 6, 2011.

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