Michael Caine Biography
Michael Caine (Sir Michael Caine) was born on 14th March 1933 in Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom. He is an English actor, producer, and author.
Michael Caine started his acting career at the age of 20 in Horsham, Sussex. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in British films, including Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). His most notable roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), The Last Valley (1971), Sleuth (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita (1983), earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986, he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters.
Michael Caine Age
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. on 14 March 1933 in St Olave’s Hospital in Rotherhithe, London. He grew up in Southwark, London, and during the Second World War, he was evacuated to North Runcton near King’s Lynn in Norfolk
Michael Caine Family
His father, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Sr., was a fish market porter, while his mother, Ellen Frances Marie Burchell, was a cook and charwoman. His father had Irish ancestry, and was a Catholic, though the actor was brought up in his mother’s Protestant religion. Caine had an elder maternal half-brother named David William Burchell, and a younger full brother, Stanley Micklewhite.
He grew up in Southwark, London, and during the Second World War, he was evacuated to North Runcton near King’s Lynn in Norfolk. After the war, his father was demobilised, and the family were rehoused by the council in Marshall Gardens at the Elephant and Castle in a prefabricated house made in Canada.
Michael Caine Wife
On 8th January 1973 he married Shakira Baksh, an actress and model. They met after Caine saw her appearing in a Maxwell House coffee commercial and a friend gave him her telephone number. He called her every day for ten days until she finally agreed to meet him. They have a daughter, Natasha Haleema. From 1955 to 1962, he was married to actress Patricia Haines and they have a daughter, Dominique.
Michael Caine Children
Michael Caine has two children Dominique Caine and Natasha Caine.
Michael Caine Daughter
He was married to actress Patricia Haines from 1955 to 1962. They have a daughter, Dominique. Michael Caine Daughter, Dominique was named after the heroine of the novel The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
Michael Caine Real Name
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. He however legally changed his name to the showbiz moniker, Michael Caine which he adopted in 1954.
Michael Caine Name Change
The legendary British actor, born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., legally changed his name to the showbiz moniker he adopted in 1954 because of the rise in airport security checks prompted by Islamic State.
“An airport security guard would say, ‘Hi, Michael Caine,’ and suddenly I’d give him a passport with a different name on it,” Caine said. “I could stand there for an hour. So I changed my name.”
He began his acting career on the Sussex stage as Michael Scott. He was required to change his handle after moving to London, where another Michael Scott was already treading the boards. During a harried call to his agent he looked outside the telephone box and saw a poster for the Humphrey Bogart naval drama The Caine Mutiny.
“I was opposite the Odeon and I looked up, and my favourite actor is Humphrey Bogart, and there it was,” Caine said.
Michael Caine Net Worth
Michael Caine has an estimated Net Worth of $78 million.
Michael Caine Books
Michael Caine has published two volumes of memoirs, What’s It All About? in 1992 and The Elephant to Hollywood in 2010.
Michael Caine Movies – Michael Caine FilmsMichael Caine
- 2008: The Dark Knight
- 2017: Going in Style
- 1966: Alfie
- 1964: Zulu
- 1988: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- 1999: The Cider House Rules
- 1986: Hannah and Her Sisters
- 2005:Batman Begins
- 2012: The Dark Knight Rises
- 2010: Inception
- 1965: The Ipcress File
- 2009: Harry Brown
- 1971: Get Carter
- 2006: The Prestige
- 1969: The Italian Job
- 1975: The Man Who Would Be King
- 2014: Interstellar
- 1987: Jaws: The Revenge
- 1983: Educating Rita
- 2014: Kingsman: The Secret Service
- 1992: The Muppet Christmas Carol
- 2006: Children of Men
- 2015: Youth
- 2002: The Quiet American
- 2013: Now You See Me
- 1980: Dressed to Kill
- 2003: Secondhand Lions
- 1998: Little Voice
- 2002: Austin Powers in Goldmember
- 1988: Without a Clue
- 1966: Funeral in Berlin
- 1977: A Bridge Too Far
- 1972: Sleuth
- 1978: The Swarm
- 2000: Miss Congeniality
- 1982: Deathtrap
- 2011: Cars 2
- 1967: Billion Dollar Brain
- 1986: Mona Lisa
- 1976: The Eagle Has Landed
- 1994: On Deadly Ground
- 2009: Is Anybody There?
- 1984: Blame It on Rio
- 2007: Flawless
- 1969: Battle of Britain
- 2005: The Weather Man
- 2000: Quills
- 1969: Play Dirty
- 1996: Blood and Wine
- 2001: Last Orders
- 2016: Now You See Me 2
Michael Caine TV Shows
- Since 1988: Jack the Ripper
- Since 1997: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- 1960 – 1965: Edgar Wallace Mysteries
- 1994: World War II: When Lions Roared
- 1956 – 1974: Armchair Theatre
- The Vise
- Since 1977: The Hollywood Greats
- Since 1960: Deadline Midnight
- Since 1959: Knight Errant Limited
- Since 2006: 50 Films to See Before You Die
- Since 1961: Walk a Crooked Mile
Michael Caine Characters
- Alfred J. Pennyworth- The Dark Knight
- Finn McMissile – Cars 2
- Nigel Powers – Austin Powers in Goldmember
- Harry Palmer – The Ipcress File
- Charlie Croker – The Italian Job
- Fred Ballinger – Youth
- Scrooge – The Muppet Christmas Carol
- Horatio – Hamlet at Elsinore
- Arthur Tressler – Now You See Me 2
- Dr.Henry Jekyll – Jekyll & Hyde
- Captain Nemo – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- Professor Brand – Interstellar
- Lawrence Jamieson – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- Milo Tindale – Sleuth
- Peachy Carnehan – The Man Who Would Be King
- Henry Lair – Around the Bend
- Dr. Wilbur Larch – The Cider House Rules
- Cliff Brumby – Get Carter
- Pierre Brossard – The Statement
- Mortwell – Mona Lisa
- Lord Redbrick – Gnomeo & Juliet
- Billy ‘Shiner’ Simpson – Shiner
- Sidney Bruhl – Deathtrap
- John Deray – The Marseille Contract
- Maj. John Tarrant – The Black Windmill
- Pvt. Tosh Hearne – Too Late the Hero
- Sergei Kuzminsky – The Jigsaw Man
- Lloyd Dallas – Noises Off
- Dr. Frank Bryant – Educating Rita
- Nigel Bigelow – Bewitched
- Robert Spritzel – The Weather Man
- Charley Fortnum, Consul – The Honorary Consul
- Jake Mellows – Quicksand
- Victor Melling – Miss Congeniality
- Lord Sam Bulbeck – Half Moon Street
- Noel Holcroft – The Holcroft Covenant
- Sidney Lipton – Bullseye!
- Blair Maynard – The Island
- Dr. David Linderby – Ashanti
- Doc Fletcher – Silver Bears
- Leslie C. Tucker – Peeper
- Sidney Cochran – California Suite
- Brad Crane – The Swarm
- Robert Blakeley – Zee and Co.
- Gilrony – How to Murder a Rich Uncle
- Michael Finsbury – The Wrong Box
- Squadron Leader Canfield – Battle of Britain
- Henry Stuart Clarke – Deadfall
- Ray Say – Little Voice
- Paddy Mooney – Edgar Wallace Mysteries
- Dr. Salt – Stonehearst Asylum
Michael Caine Awards
- 2000: Academy Award for Best Actor in aSupporting Role, ‘The Cider House Rules’.
- 1987: Academy Award for Best Actor in aSupporting Role, ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’
- 1999: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – MotionPicture Musical or Comedy, ‘Little Voice’
- 1984: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – MotionPicture Musical or Comedy, ‘Educating Rita’
- 1984: BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a LeadingRole,’Educating Rita’
- 2015: European Film Award for Best Actor,’Youth’
- 2000: Screen Actors Guild Award for OutstandingPerformance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, ‘The Cider House Rules’
- 2000: BAFTA Fellowship
- 1989: Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made
for Television, ‘Jack the Ripper’
- 1989: Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made
- 2003: Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, ‘Gangs of New York’
- 2003: Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama,’The Quiet American’
- 1967: National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, ‘Alfie’
- 2002: London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Actor of the Year,’The Quiet American’.
- 2015: European Film Special Honorary Award
- 2009: British Independent Film Award – The Variety Award
- 2009: People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cast, ‘The Dark Knight’
- 2002: San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor,’The Quiet American’.
- 2007: London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year, ‘The Prestige’
Michael Caine Oscar
He has been nominated six times for the oscarawards and won twice in 2000 for the Best
Supporting Actor for ‘The Cider House Rules’ and in 1999 for Best Supporting Actor for his role on ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’
- 2003: Best Actor,’The Quiet American’
- 1984: Best Actor,’Educating Rita’
- 1973: Best Actor,’Sleuth’
- 1967: Best Actor,’Alfie’
Michael Caine Interview
You have one of the most distinctive speaking voices in film. Did you realize that early on?
Michael Caine: I was very aware of the class distinction in England. I spoke with a Cockney accent, which is obviously working class, and everybody in the theaters was very posh. What I didn’t know was that there were drama schools teaching those sorts of things. So I came straight into acting with a Cockney accent, and I was very successful for a period because at that time these working-class writers came along, and they were writing working-class parts. Then after I made Alfie, it was very popular, and then suddenly they said, “You’ve got to redo 122 lines,” because Alfie was being released in America. And that’s where my voice came from, the one I have now.
You changed your voice?
Michael Caine: I had to make Cockney understandable to Americans. One of the main things about Cockney is, you speak at twice the speed as Americans. Americans speak very slow.
You write that you’re nothing like your most famous roles. Have you ever played a character who is like you?
Michael Caine: I’ve never played anyone quite like me. I always play bounders and scoundrels and rakes, but I’m actually a very staunch family man. I believe in the institution [of marriage] as much as I do in any religion. But I have been a scoundrel, I have been a rake, I have been a waster. I can look back and see who I was, but I’ve never played who I am.
How hard was it to make the transition from leading man to character actor?
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Michael Caine: It wasn’t difficult. I had been a theater actor for nine years. A lot of movie stars are not great actors; they’re just very good-looking. And when they start to age and they don’t have the looks any more, then it’s over. But I’d been a repertory actor, and so I was quite willing to take all different parts, parts that were not glamorous or sexy.
You missed the Oscar ceremony when you won the Academy Award for Hannah and Her Sisters to make Jaws: The Revenge. Do you have any regrets about that?
Michael Caine: Not at all. Hannah and her Sisters came out in the dumping period of January and February. It did well, it got very good reviews, but there was no [Oscar] campaign. I’d taken a part that was a week in a movie, which I’d done before several times. They said, “We’re making this film about Jaws, will you do seven days on that?” [The Oscars] came out of the blue; I was astonished that I was nominated. I went to Universal and said, “Can you change the schedule?” and they said no: “We can’t, because we’re stuck with the boats and the traps.” And so I had to be there, and so I missed it.
You’ve been in some films — Jaws: The Revenge and The Swarm come to mind — that did not have the most positive receptions. Are either of them underappreciated?
Michael Caine: No. I didn’t think they were very well made. I don’t take responsibility for Jaws: The Revenge, because I had a longer part in Batman Begins. But I do take responsibility for when I’m the lead, like in The Swarm. The extenuating circumstance there was I was a young actor from England in Hollywood, and one of the biggest producers there asked me to play the lead in a movie. And it was going to be a special-effects film, all the bees would be swarming and killing everybody. And I said, “Yeah, that would be fantastic!” I didn’t realize that if you make a special-effects film, and the special effects don’t work, you’re in a little bit of trouble.
You’ve worked with Christopher Nolan, Brian De Palma and Woody Allen. How do their working methods compare?
Michael Caine: I think they’re all brilliant in their genres. I think Brian De Palma is one of the best thriller directors and Woody is one of the best at romantic comedy. Christopher does bigger pictures, and I think we have to put him slightly up there above those two, in the David Lean class. If you look at the opening sequence of The Dark Knight, it’s one of the best opening sequences I’ve ever seen; and if you look at the closing monologue by Heath Ledger, you see that he can direct actors.
Inception was your fourth Nolan film and you’re working on a fifth. Are you his good-luck charm?
Michael Caine: I’ve made four very successful pictures with Christopher. I’m not his good-luck charm; he’s mine.
Can you explain Inception in one sentence?
Michael Caine: If I’m in a scene, it’s real; if I’m not, it’s not.
Michael Caine Accent
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