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Also Known As: Michael Scott, Sir Michael Caine, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Died:
Born: March 14, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bermondsey, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, production office assistant, driller, cement mixer, restaurateur, dishwasher

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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...

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.

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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting apprenticeship while still in grammar school
1949:
Worked on set of the British film "Morning Departure"
1951:
Drafted for the National Service and spent one year in West Berlin and another in the Royal Fusiliers in combat in Korea
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Attended night drama classes, supporting himself with various day jobs
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First theater job, assistant stage manager at Westminster Repertory Theatre; led to work with Lowestoft Repertory Theater
1954:
Appeared in Theatre Workshop in Stratford East, London and Sam Wanamaker's company in Liverpool
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Began appearing regularly on TV in mid-1950s
1956:
Film acting debut in a bit part in "Hell in Korea"
1960:
Appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in London
1964:
First starring feature role, playing against type as posh Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in "Zulu"
1965:
Debuted working-class spy Harry Palmer in "The Ipcress File"
1966:
First American film, "Gambit" opposite Shirley MacLaine
1966:
Earned first Best Actor Oscar nomination for the woman-chasing title character in "Alfie"
1969:
Starred in the British cult favorite "The Italian Job"
1972:
Received second Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work opposite Laurence Olivier in "Sleuth"
1975:
Co-starred opposite Sean Connery in John Huston's epic adventure "The Man Who Would Be King"
1980:
Had starring role in Brian De Palma's stylized thriller "Dressed to Kill"
1983:
Received third Best Actor Oscar nomination as an alcoholic university professor who mentors a promising female student in "Educating Rita"
1986:
Won first Oscar as Mia Farrow's cheating husband in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"
1987:
Debut as executive producer, "The Fourth Protocol"
1988:
Co-starred with Steve Martin as con artists in the Frank Oz directed comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
1988:
American TV miniseries debut, "Jack the Ripper" (CBS)
1993:
Co-produced (also starred) the HBO spy drama "Blue Ice"
1994:
Portrayed Joseph Stalin in the NBC miniseries "World War II: When Lions Roared"
1995:
Reprised the role of Harry Palmer in the Showtime original "Bullet to Beijing"
1998:
Received rave reviews for his turn as a sleazy talent agent in "Little Voice"
1999:
Won second Academy Award as Dr. Larch in Lasse Hallström's "The Cider House Rules"; adapted by John Irving
2000:
Co-starred with Jeffrey Rush and Kate Winslet in the critically acclaimed "Quills"
2001:
Starred in the dramatic film "Last Orders" which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival
2002:
Appeared in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" as the title character's father
2002:
Played a British journalist in Phillip Noyce's "The Quiet American"; received Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominations
2003:
Portrayed Nazi executioner Pierre Brossard in "The Statement"
2003:
Cast alongside Robert Duvall in "Secondhand Lions"
2005:
Cast as Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"
2005:
Played Nicole Kidman's ancient warlock father in the comedy "Bewitched"
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"
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
2008:
Co-starred with Demi Moore in "Flawless"
2008:
Reprised role of Alfred in the second installment of the revived Batman series "The Dark Knight"
2010:
Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi thriller "Inception"
2011:
Voiced Finn McMissile, a British secret agent in the animated feature "Cars 2"
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"
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Education

Wilson's Grammar School: -

Notes

Michael 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.

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.

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

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

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."

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.)

"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, January 30, 1999.

He has always regarded himself as patronised in articles in British press. "It still continues. I'm not about to commit suicide. I couldn't give a s**t. What I'm telling you is that is how it IS. There's nothing I can do about it or even want to do. I couldn't care less. They can't get me any more."

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, February 16, 2000.

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

"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 Mar/Apr 2004

"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.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Patricia Haines. Actor. Divorced in 1957.
wife:
Shakira Caine. Actor, jewelry designer, model. Born c. 1948; of Indian descent; married on January 8, 1973; was Miss Guyana 1967; co-founded the Indian restaurant chain Planet Pappadum.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Maurice Micklewhite. Fish market porter. Married Caine's mother in 1931; died in 1957 of liver cancer.
mother:
Ellen Maria Micklewhite. Charwoman. Married Caine's father in 1931; died in 1989.
half-brother:
David Burchell. Born in 1925; died of pneumonia in March 1992; 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.
brother:
Stanley Micklewhite. Born in 1936.
daughter:
Dominique Caine. Born in 1956, mother, Patricia Haines; married Rowland Fernyhough on November 10, 1981.
daughter:
Natasha Caine. Born in July 1973; mother, Shakira Baksh; married to Tim Scott, who owns a chain of juice bars in Great Britain (wedding took place on September 9, 2000).
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Not Many People Know That"
"Not Many People Know This Either"
"Not Many People Know This Is 1988"
"Not Many People Know This About the Movies"
"Michael Caines' Moving Picture Show" Robson Books
"Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Movie Making" Applause Books
"What's It All About?"
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