Michael Caine


Actor
Michael Caine

About

Also Known As
Michael Scott, Sir Michael Caine, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
Birth Place
Bermondsey, England, GB
Born
March 14, 1933

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...

Photos & Videos

The Hand - Lobby Card Set
Deathtrap - Movie Posters
The Man Who Would Be King - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Patricia Haines
Wife
Actor. Divorced in 1957.
Shakira Caine
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"What's It All About?"
Michael Caine (1992)
"Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Movie Making"
Michael Caine, Applause Books (1990)
"Michael Caines' Moving Picture Show"
Michael Caine, Robson Books (1989)
"Not Many People Know That"
Michael Caine

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.

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.

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. in the charity wing of St. Olaves hospital in the Rotherhithe area of South London on March 14, 1933. The child of a fish market worker (with an unlucky gambling habit) and a cleaning woman, Caine was born with rickets from prenatal malnutrition and wore leg braces as a child. He was also diagnosed with blepharitis - an inflammation of the eyelids responsible for his heavy-lidded look, and a mild facial tic that was then known as St. Vitus dance. Caine's younger brother Stanley was born two years later, and the family lived in a two-room flat with no electricity or running water. Generations of earlier Micklewhites may have been satisfied working at the fish market, but Caine - a voracious reader and avid moviegoer - knew that there was a better life out there and he was going to live it. However, there was little encouragement or opportunity for young working class toughs like Caine to explore drama. West End theaters were out of reach, drama lessons were unheard of, and the family did not have a TV, so for Caine, the movie theater became his second home. He idolized Humphrey Bogart, as much for the powerful onscreen characters he created as for the luxurious movie star lifestyle he lived, but Caine had no idea how one even began the journey from his South London flat to a Hollywood mansion. And the code of his class dictated that he was born a cockney and that was all he would ever be. But Caine's intelligence and interest in the arts did make him different from the street gangs who did not quite accept him. He was finally given the chance to explore his interests at the age of 14, when he joined a local youth program designed to keep kids off the street. Their drama department gave Caine his first exposure to the stage, and he appeared in all their stage productions, as well as found a mentor in a film history teacher and short filmmaker who worked with the group, giving Caine an early education in filmmaking.

Caine left school at 16 and landed an entry-level production job at an industrial film company. At 18, he was called upon to do military service, and for the next two years, served overseas and even saw frontline combat in Korea. He made his glorious re-entry into civilian life working at a butter factory before landing a job as an assistant stage manager and eventually an actor at a repertory theater in West Sussex. However, a bout of post-war malaria forced him offstage for a time. After his recovery, he joined another repertory theater in the seaside town of Lowestoft. As with his earlier position, Caine barely made enough money to cover his living expenses, but the experience proved to be invaluable, with the actor often having to learn a new role every week.

While in Lowestoft, Caine met and fell in love with fellow troupe member Patricia Haines. The couple married and moved to London to try their acting luck, but Haines fared better. With his roles few and far between, Caine was forced to work as a plumber's assistant and a baker. The financial pressure proved to be too much for the young couple, especially after the birth of their daughter, leaving both to eventually move back home with their parents and to divorce. Caine's father died shortly thereafter and with the walls closing in on him, he escaped to Paris for a month, wandering the streets and sleeping in subway stations and brothels. He eventually dragged himself home to find a telegram from his agent, offering him a bit part in the military drama "Hell in Korea" (1956). This led to small, mostly uncredited appearances in more films and TV, alternating with civilian jobs and frequent moving from one cheap roommate situation to another. His misery had plenty of company, as he had made scores of friends who were struggling artists and actors, all hoping against hope that they would someday be household names - Harold Pinter, Terence Stamp, David Hockey, even his barber, Vidal Sassoon.

Caine, who had by now officially changed his stage name to Caine in order to appear in an actor's equity production, carried on with play after play, eventually making it to the London's famed West End in 1963. He understood that stage was his training ground, but Caine's sights were still firmly set on becoming a film actor of the most glamorous sort. Not long afterwards, he went on an audition for a role as a cockney soldier in a war film, only to have the American director take one look at his lean frame and long blond locks and instead cast him in a leading role as an upper crust army officer. "Zulu" (1964) was truly Caine's breakthrough, earning him more money than he had ever seen, as well as an offer to star in the espionage thriller "The Ipcress File" (1965) and a seven-year film contract. In "The Ipcress File," Caine played working-class spy Harry Palmer - the antithesis of James Bond's ridiculous glamour - who drank pints of beer rather than shaken martinis, and whose mode of transport was a public bus, not a snappy sports car. Caine gave an exceptional performance; his matter-of-fact delivery perfectly suited for the part. With his salary of 10,000 pounds a week, he moved his mother to a nicer flat, got himself a new place, and outfitted it with the best of everything.

"Ipcress" won Caine sizable fame, but "Alfie" (1966) succeeded in making the long-struggling, 33-year-old actor a household name. A swinging cockney cad with a great tailor and insatiable appetite for the ladies, Caine's Alfie - along with the success of the Beatles - signaled a major shift in the British cultural voice away from the elite aristocracy and towards anyone who wanted to join the youth-driven party. Caine earned an Oscar-nomination for "Alfie" and made his U.S. debut later that year opposite Shirley MacLaine, who invited him to appear in the enjoyable comic caper "Gambit." The full-time movie star reprised Harry Palmer with "Funeral in Berlin" (1966) and "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967), before churning out two American films for 20th Century Fox - "Deadfall" (1968) and "The Magus" (1968) - and starring in one of the most memorable films of his career, the action comedy classic, "The Italian Job" (1969).

Caine had established himself with wry, street smart characters who were ultimately likeable even when they were up to no good, but there was nothing he could not or would not tackle. Evolving with the climate of the times, Caine reflected the grittier, more violent atmosphere of the city streets with 1971's landmark action film "Get Carter," playing a hit man searching for the man who killed his own brother. In 1972, he held his own opposite acting giant Laurence Olivier in the psychological tete a tete, "Sleuth," earning his second Best Actor Oscar nomination. In 1975, Caine was thrilled to receive an offer from director John Huston to take the leading role initially intended for his hero Humphrey Bogart in the epic adventure "The Man Who Would Be King." He next revisited his flair for comedy in the classic Neil Simon ensemble romp "California Suite" (1978), playing a British tourist in Beverly Hills. Forever worried that his fortune might dry up and his fame disappear, Caine tried to stay as busy as possible, which explained why he finished out the decade with horrific missteps, "The Swarm" (1978) and "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure" (1979).

Caine had spent considerable time stateside during his career. With penal taxes threatening to bankrupt him, he and his second wife Shakira (also an actress and co-star of "The Man who Would Be King") and their daughter moved to the famed Hollywood Hills, with Caine officially realizing his childhood dreams of the movie star life. He was welcomed to America with an offer from controversial director Brian DePalma to play a transvestite psychiatrist in his stylized thriller "Dressed To Kill" (1980) and one from Sidney Lumet to play opposite Christopher Reeve in the thriller "Deathtrap" (1982), which generated controversy for an onscreen kiss between the co-stars. With Caine's next film, "Educating Rita" (1983), any recent trespasses were soon forgotten. Caine took home Golden Globe and BAFTA awards as well as another Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Frank Bryant, a college professor and failed poet whose alcoholic self-loathing turns a corner when he begins tutoring a hairdresser (Julie Walters) looking to improve her lot in life. Caine played the complexities of Bryant's despairing soul with a stirring subtlety that reminded audiences why he had been a leading man for 20 years.

Caine finally picked up an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986). In what was arguably Woody Allen's best ensemble piece, Caine was tenderly sympathetic as a cultured accountant who becomes lovestruck by his wife's sister (Barbara Hershey), who is herself trapped in a suffocating relationship. Back in London, Caine gave a mesmerizing performance as a contemptible mob boss in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986). Any discussion of Caine's work during the 1980s should mention the actor's theory that for every five films, you need one standout picture in order to survive. He knew from experience, having dodged the bullet several times. 1987's "Jaws: The Revenge" and '88's "Bullseye" definitely fell into the clunker category, but Caine bounced back quickly with a Golden Globe-winning performance in the miniseries "Jack the Ripper" (CBS, 1988). Ever a delight when he returned to comedy, Caine's sophistication paired nicely with the broad antics of Steve Martin in 1988's classic con men comedy, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988).

By the 1990s, Michael Caine was again living in London and enjoying his status as an elder statesman of the cinema. For the first time since prior to becoming a film star, he appeared in a number of television projects, starring in 1990's "Jekyll & Hyde" (ABC) and producing and starring in HBO's spy drama "Blue Ice" (1993). He made a rare family film appearance as Scrooge in "A Muppet Christmas Carol"(1992), before reprising an aging Harry Palmer in Showtime's original "Bullet to Beijing" (1995). If one mercifully overlooked the lackluster Steven Seagal vehicle "On Deadly Ground" (1994), Caine could be said to have made a most auspicious return to the big screen in his excellent but little seen performance as a ruthless safe cracker in "Blood & Wine" (1996). Instead, the film adaptation of the West End hit "Little Voice" (1998) proved to be Caine's so-called comeback. As Ray Say, a Northern seaside town-dwelling talent scout whose London accent divulges his washed up status, the actor gave a stand-out performance in a film brimming with exceptional acting. Always keeping Ray Say's pathetic desperation just below the surface until the end, Caine reached new heights in an already remarkable career. His show-stopping performance of "It's Over" was nothing short of breathtaking, so it was not surprising that the legendary actor should win that year's Golden Globe.

Caine's big screen renaissance also included a fifth Oscar nomination and second win for Best Supporting Actor in Lasse Hallstrom's "The Cider House Rules" (1999). Caine was back at the top of his game as a New England orphanage-running abortionist, and it was the actor's keen subtlety that saved what might have been a treacly sentimental parable into something of moving relevance. The 66-year-old actor celebrated his latest landmark by taking a year off for the first time in his life since he began working at age 16. He wrote and released the entertaining autobiography What's It All About? and decided to retire. For Caine, retirement meant taking small supporting roles as they interested him, but passing on leads that would take months to shoot and involve rigorous promotional tours. Still, to Caine, essentially retirement still meant appearing in two or three movies a year. He took a small role in the pointless Stallone-helmed remake of his early hit "Get Carter" (2000), and likewise paid homage to the cheeky spy dramas he helped popularize in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002), playing the equally randy father of Mike Myer's "shagadellic" secret agent.

Caine "came out of retirement" in 2002 and earned some of the best acting notices of his career for playing a British journalist covering the early days of Vietnam's revolt against the French government in Graham Greene's "The Quiet American." He earned another Best Actor Academy Award nomination and went back to smaller roles with "Batman Begins" (2006), the stylish period thriller "The Prestige" (2006), and Alfonso Cuarón's apocalyptic "Children of Men" (2006).

In 2007, Caine again revisited an earlier triumph with an updated version of 1972's "Sleuth," playing the aging writer role that had been Laurence Olivier's and Jude Law in Caine's original role as the young upstart vying for the writer's wife. Despite the screenplay by Caine's old friend Harold Pinter and direction by Kenneth Branagh, the overwrought film lacked the allure of the original. Law had previously starred in a 2004 remake of "Alfie," but like most remakes of Caine's prime work, it paled in comparison.

All actors had their side investments and pet projects, and for Michael Caine it was being a restaurateur. Caine, at one time, had partnerships in five restaurants, including his first venture, Langan's Brasserie in London and the English-style grille Shepherd's. The actor took an active role in running the businesses and could frequently be seen dining under his own awnings. He eventually sold all of his restaurant interests, but added another title to his long resume in the summer of 2007 when he released the CD Cained, a collection of chill-out tracks. Though he was admittedly far north of the electronica music's demographic, Caine was a big fan of chill-out music and after years of making compilations for friends, he was encouraged by his friend Elton John to release his own collection of favorites.

Caine's body of work was recognized in 1999 with an Evening Standard British Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. The following year, he was knighted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Empire Awards. The National Board of Review honored Caine with a Career Achievement Award and the San Sebastian Film Festival recognized the actor with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. The Film Society of Lincoln Center honored Caine with a star-studded Gala Tribute in 2004. Caine accepted his honor with the expected witty charm: "I've been practicing humility all day. It's very difficult for someone who's been an actor for 40 years."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

King of Thieves (2019)
Shock and Awe (2018)
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Voice
Dear Dictator (2017)
Going in Style (2017)
Now You See Me: The Second Act (2016)
Youth (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
Eliza Graves (2014)
Now You See Me (2013)
Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2013)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Alfred Pennyworth
Cars 2 (2011)
Voice
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Voice
Harry Brown (2010)
Inception (2010)
Is Anybody There? (2009)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Alfred Pennyworth
Flawless (2007)
Sleuth (2007)
Children of Men (2006)
The Prestige (2006)
The Weather Man (2005)
Bewitched (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Alfred Pennyworth
Around the Bend (2004)
The Statement (2003)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
The Quiet American (2002)
Thomas Fowler
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
Last Orders (2001)
Jack Dodds
Quicksand (2001)
Jake Mellows
Quills (2000)
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Victor Melling
Shiner (2000)
Billy 'Shiner' Simpson
Get Carter (2000)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Curtain Call (1998)
Max Gale
Little Voice (1998)
Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
F W De Klerk
Blood and Wine (1996)
Roger Moore: A Matter of Class (1995)
Interviewee
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Blue Ice (1993)
Harry Anders
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Actor (Uncredited)
Noises Off (1992)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold (1991)
A Shock to the System (1990)
Bullseye! (1990)
Jekyll & Hyde (1990)
Dr Henry Jekyll/Mr Edward Hyde
Mr. Destiny (1990)
John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick (1988)
Himself
Without A Clue (1988)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Lawrence Jamieson
Jaws The Revenge (1987)
The Whistle Blower (1987)
Frank Jones
Surrender (1987)
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Mona Lisa (1986)
Denny Mortwell
Sweet Liberty (1986)
Half Moon Street (1986)
Lord Sam Bulbeck
Water (1986)
The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
Blame It on Rio (1984)
Matthew Hollis
The Jigsaw Man (1984)
Beyond The Limit (1983)
Charley Fortnum
Educating Rita (1983)
Dr Frank Bryant
Deathtrap (1982)
The Hand (1981)
Victory (1981)
Dressed To Kill (1980)
Dr Robert Elliott
The Island (1980)
Blair Maynard
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Ashanti (1979)
Dr David Linderby
The Swarm (1978)
California Suite (1978)
Silver Bears (1978)
Doc Fletcher
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Lieutenant-Colonel Kurt Steiner
Harry And Walter Go To New York (1976)
Peeper (1976)
Leslie Tucker
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Peachy Carnehan
The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
The Black Windmill (1974)
Major Tarrant
The Destructors (1974)
Pulp (1972)
Mickey King [also known as Chester Arthur King]
Sleuth (1972)
Milo Tindle
X Y & Zee (1972)
Robert [Blakeley]
The Last Valley (1971)
The Captain
Get Carter (1971)
Jack Carter
Kidnapped (1971)
Alan Breck
Too Late the Hero (1970)
Pvt. Tosh Hearne
Battle of Britain (1969)
Squadron Leader Canfield
The Italian Job (1969)
Charlie Croker
Play Dirty (1969)
Captain Douglas
Tonight Let's All Make Love in London (1968)
The Magus (1968)
Nicholas Urfe
Deadfall (1968)
Henry Clarke
Hurry Sundown (1967)
Henry Warren
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Harry Palmer
Woman Times Seven (1967)
Handsome stranger
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)
Himself
Solo for Sparrow (1966)
Mooney
Gambit (1966)
Harry
Funeral in Berlin (1966)
Harry Palmer
Alfie (1966)
Alfie
The Wrong Box (1966)
Michael
The Ipcress File (1965)
Harry Palmer
Zulu (1964)
Lieut. Gonville Bromhead
Foxhole in Cairo (1961)
Weber
The Bulldog Breed (1960)
The Two-Headed Spy (1959)
2d Gestapo agent
How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1958)
[William] Gilrony
Carve Her Name With Pride (1958)
Blind Spot (1958)
Hell in Korea (1956)
Private Lockyer

Producer (Feature Film)

The Double (2014)
Executive Producer
Blue Ice (1993)
Producer
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Going in Style (2017)
Song Performer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Trouble Man (1972)
Cinemobile tech

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Death Becomes Her (1992)
Other
John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick (1988)
Other

Cast (Special)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2003)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002)
Presenter
Steve Martin Seriously Funny (2000)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Performer
The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Dynasty (1998)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)
The American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor (1993)
Performer
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992)
Performer
Danny Kaye's International Children's Awards For UNICEF (1992)
Performer
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Presenter
Michael Caine on Acting in Film (1991)
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Cary Grant: A Celebration (1988)
Host
This Time It's Personal -- Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming (1985)
The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston (1983)
Performer
Rickles (1975)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1998)
Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997)
Bullet to Beijing (1995)
World War II: When Lions Roared (1994)
King Midas and the Golden Touch (1991)
Narrator
Jack the Ripper Part 1 (1988)
Jack the Ripper Part 2 (1988)

Life Events

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

1954

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

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

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

1966

First American film, "Gambit" opposite Shirley MacLaine

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

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"

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"

2013

Appeared as Arthur Tressler in the ensemble heist film "Now You See Me"

2014

Re-teamed with Christopher Nolan for the sci-fi adventure "Interstellar"

2014

Appeared in the spy flick "Kingsman: The Secret Service"

2016

Reprised role of Arthur Tressler in "Now You See Me 2"

2017

Had a vocal cameo in Nolan's "Dunkirk"

2018

Co-starred with Michael Gambon in crime drama "King of Thieves"

Photo Collections

The Hand - Lobby Card Set
The Hand - Lobby Card Set
Deathtrap - Movie Posters
Deathtrap - Movie Posters
The Man Who Would Be King - Movie Poster
The Man Who Would Be King - Movie Poster
Sleuth (1972) - Movie Poster
Here is the original One-sheet movie poster for Sleuth (1972), starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Alfie - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from Alfie (1966), starring Michael Caine. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Get Carter - Movie Posters
Here are a few different styles of original release movie posters for MGM's Get Carter (1971), starring Michael Caine, including the British Quad poster.
Billion Dollar Brain - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Billion Dollar Brain (1967), starring Michael Caine and directed by Ken Russell. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Gambit (1966) - Will She Cooperate? In the opening we followed Michael Caine, as English Harry, into a Hong Kong club where Shirley MacLaine performs in the revue, and now after the show he reveals to friend Emile (John Abbott) the scheme, and we meet Roger C. Carmel as obsequious Ram, in director Ronald Neame’s Gambit, 1966.
Gambit (1967) - I Had To Have Her We don’t know at this point that we’re seeing the caper only as it plays out in the imagination of thief Harry (Michael Caine), in which Arab potentate Shabandar (Herbert Lom) is wholly entranced by the resemblance of Shirley MacLaine, as taxi-dancer Nicole, to his late wife, in Gambit, 1966.
Gambit (1966) - You Weren't Being Tricky Enough Thief Harry (Michael Caine), now in the dicier real-life version of his imagined heist, in fictional Dammuz with troublesome Nicole (Shirley MacLaine, whom he recruited because she’s a dead-ringer for a rich Arab’s deceased wife), trying to find find another accomplice, and forced to evade goons, in director Ronald Neame’s Gambit, 1966.
Deathtrap (1982) - It's The Worst Play I've Ever Seen Director Sidney Lumet opens at the Music Box, where the original play by Ira Levin ran for years, Michael Caine as playwright Sidney, watching the opening of his latest flop, Dyan Cannon his daffy wife on the phone, Joe Silver his producer, in Deathtrap,1982, co-starring Christopher Reeve.
Deathtrap (1982) - My Spiritual Child Desperate playwright Sidney (Michael Caine) picks up Clifford (Christopher Reeve), whom he's invited to discuss his own brilliant first play, his wife (Dyan Cannon) looking for signs he was kidding about killing the author and stealing his work, in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Deathtrap, 1982.
Deathtrap (1982) - My Heart Won't Take It All in good fun, washed-up playwright Sidney (Michael Caine), whom we fear might actually murder his former seminar student Clifford (Christopher Reeve) and steal his play, has tricked him into trying out some handcuffs, his wife (Dyan Cannon) close to panic, in Deathtrap, 1982.
California Suite (1978) - God Will Punish Us Droll Britishers Sidney (Michael Caine) and Oscar-nominated actress wife Diana (Maggie Smith), in town for the ceremonies, taking a call from her producer, in Neil Simon's California Suite, 1978.
Hand, The (1981) - Now That I Control You Joining writer-director Oliver Stone’s opening credit sequence, using Big Bear lake as Vermont, Michael Caine is introduced as comic strip artist Jonathan Lansdale, Mara Hobel his daughter, Andrea Marcovicci his wife, in The Hand, 1981, from a novel by Marc Brandel.
Hand, The (1981) - Mandro Doesn't Think Presumably meaning well as he meets with his agent (Rosemary Murphy) and David (Charles Fleischer), who’s begun taking over for him, comic strip artist Jonathan (Michael Caine), who lost his hand in a car wreck, gets riled about his main character, leading to writer-director Oliver Stone’s grisly cameo, in The Hand 1981.
Hand, The (1981) - Big Culture Hero Fairly famous comic strip artist Jonathan Lansdale (Michael Caine), struggling after losing his drawing hand in an accident, has taken a job at a small California college, where he’s received by new colleague Brian (Bruce McGill) and meets his first students, in particular Annie McEnroe, in writer-director Oliver Stone’s The Hand 1981.
Hand, The (1981) - If You Found Part Of A Human Body Back home in Vermont struggling to adjust to the loss of his hand, comic book artist Jonathan Lansdale (Michael Caine) visits his studio, then goes back to the scene of the accident to search, then meets with his agent (Rosemary Murphy), as things get weirder, in writer-director Oliver Stone’s horror hybrid The Hand 1981.
Beyond The Poseidon Adventure (1979) - I Hope You're A Religious Man On his tug in the Mediterranean the morning after the first movie, Captain Turner (Michael Caine) with mate Wilbur (Karl Malden) and semi-stowaway Celeste (Sally Field) find the liner, planning salvage, when Telly Savalas arrives, playing a Greek doctor, in Beyond The Poseidon Adventure, 1979.

Trailer

Get Carter (1971) - (Original Trailer) When a hit man (Michael Caine) finds his brother was murdered, he tracks down those responsible in Get Carter (1971).
Pulp - (Pan-and-scan Trailer) A pulp fiction novelist (Michael Caine) must solve the murder of the man whose autobiography he was hired to ghostwrite in Pulp (1972).
X, Y & Zee - (British Trailer) A possessive woman (Elizabeth Taylor) fights to end her husband's affair with a younger woman in X, Y & Zee (1972), co-starring Michael Caine and Susannah York.
Gambit - (Original Trailer) A man (Michael Caine) dreams of the perfect robbery but can't seem to pull it off in Gambit (1966) co-starring Shirley MacLaine.
Zulu - (Original Trailer) Zulu (1964), the story of how 139 British soldiers fought 4,000 Zulu warriors in 1879. Starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine.
Ipcress File, The - (Original Trailer) Michael Caine brought a touch of realism to the James Bond world playing bespectacled British secret agent Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965).
Alfie - (U.S. Trailer) What's it all about? Ask Alfie (1966), Michael Caine in one of his greatest roles as a love-em-and-leave-em lothario.
Italian Job, The (1969) - (Original Trailer) Michael Caine blows the bloody doors off in the original heist thriller, The Italian Job (1969).
Battle Of Britain - (Original Trailer) Michael Caine and Sir Laurence Olivier head an all-star cast in the story of the Battle Of Britain (1969).
Billion Dollar Brain - (Original Trailer) Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) must stop a U.S. general from launching an invasion of Russia with a supercomputer in Billion Dollar Brain (1967).
Bridge Too Far, A - (Original Trailer) Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier and an all-star cast are featured in A Bridge Too Far (1977), an epic World War II drama.

Promo

Family

Maurice Micklewhite
Father
Fish market porter. Married Caine's mother in 1931; died in 1957 of liver cancer.
Ellen Maria Micklewhite
Mother
Charwoman. Married Caine's father in 1931; died in 1989.
David Burchell
Half-Brother
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.
Stanley Micklewhite
Brother
Born in 1936.
Dominique Caine
Daughter
Born in 1956, mother, Patricia Haines; married Rowland Fernyhough on November 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 on September 9, 2000).

Companions

Patricia Haines
Wife
Actor. Divorced in 1957.
Shakira Caine
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"What's It All About?"
Michael Caine (1992)
"Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Movie Making"
Michael Caine, Applause Books (1990)
"Michael Caines' Moving Picture Show"
Michael Caine, Robson Books (1989)
"Not Many People Know That"
Michael Caine
"Not Many People Know This Either"
Michael Caine
"Not Many People Know This Is 1988"
Michael Caine
"Not Many People Know This About the Movies"
Michael Caine

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.