Michael Caine

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Birthname: Maurice Micklewhite

Date of Birth: March 14, 1933

Born to a fish-porter father and a charwoman mother in South London, Maurice Micklewhite emerged from dismal poverty to hit it big, in 1966, as a low-class Cockney lothario named Alfie and as bespectacled agent Harry Palmer in a trilogy of spy flicks. Along the way, he ditched his name in favor of the more urbane appellation of Caine as a tribute to his favorite movie, The Caine Mutiny, and plopped Michael beside it.

Back in the early days of his career, Caine was known to be a heavy drinker and a reveler in excess. However, with age came maturity as well as marital stability and dramatic versatility. With his newfound steadiness, he managed to develop his craft and transform himself into an even more impressive actor. He won critical praise and Oscar nominations for his work in Alfie, Sleuth and Educating Rita, and won for Hannah and her Sisters. He also won several Golden Globes and Emmys for his work in cinema and television.

Though he owns five restaurants in London and one in Miami, the actor's prolific output has never tapered off. He played a sickly ex-con opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1997 drama Blood and Wine, and that same year starred in a handful of TV projects—Len Deighton's Bullet to Beijing (reprising his role as superspy Harry Palmer), Mandela & DeKlerk, and the ABC mini-series 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (as Captain Nemo, no less). The year 1998 brought a gem of a role as a sleazy talent agent in Little Voice. The film was loved by critics and audiences, and Caine won another Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ray Say. As he said in his acceptance speech, he'd "made a lot of crap" and "a lot of money," so that now he had the luxury to be able to sit back and choose the good roles.

And good roles is what he got. In 1999 he played a doctor/teacher of an orphanage in The Cider House Rules. For his efforts he was rewarded an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting role. He was again nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Quiet American (2002) and played Haley Joel Osment's eccentric uncle in Secondhand Lions (2003). He continued to work steadily with roles in The Statement (2003), Batman Begins, The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010). He left the 2000s behind with work in such films as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2012), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Later, he starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in the sci-fi film Interstellar (2014), the drama Youth (2015), reprised his role as Arthur in the sequel Now You See me 2, worked with Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin in the comedy Going in Style (2017) and played a dictator on the run in Dear Dictator (2018).

His most recent film is Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Tenet (2020), an espionage thriller based on the concept of time inversion. He stars alongside Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh.

Caine, who has two daughters (one with first wife Patricia, and one with second wife Shakira), was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000 for his contribution to the performing arts. He was formally knighted at Buckingham Palace under his real name of Maurice Micklewhite but is known professionally as Sir Michael Caine.


Tenet (2020
Dear Dictator (2018)
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Going in Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Youth (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Interstellar (2014)
Last Love (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
Cars 2 (2011)
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Inception (2010)
Harry Brown (2009)
Is Anybody There? (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Flawless (2007)
Sleuth (2007)
The Prestige (2006)
Children of Men (2006)
The Weather Man (2005)
Bewitched (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Around the Bend (2004)
The Statement (2003)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
The Actors (2003)
Quicksand (2003)
The Quiet American (2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Last Orders (2001)
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Get Carter (2000)
Shiner (2000)
Quills (2000)
The Debtors (1999)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
It All Came True (1998)
Little Voice (1998)
Shadow Run (1998)
Blood and Wine (1996)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Blue Ice (1992)
Noises Off... (1992)
Mr. Destiny (1990)
A Shock to the System (1990)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Without a Clue (1988)
Surrender (1987)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
The Fourth Proposal (1987)
The Whistle Blower (1986)
Half Moon Street (1986)
Mona Lisa (1986)
Sweet Liberty (1986)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Water (1985)
Blame It on Rio (1984)
Beyond the Limit (1983)
Educating Rita (1983)
The Jigsaw Man (1983)
Deathtrap (1982)
Victory (1981) The Hand (1981)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
The Island (1980)
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
California Suite (1978)
The Swarm (1978)
A Bride Too Far (1977)
Silver Bears (1977)
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)
Peeper (1976)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)
The Willby Conspiracy (1975)
The Destructors (1974)
The Black Windmill (1974)
Sleuth (1972)
Pulp (1972)
Kidnapped (1971)
Get Carter (1971)
The Last Valley (1971)
Too Late the Hero (1970)
Battle of Britain (1969)
The Italian Job (1969)
Play Dirty (1969)
The Magus (1968)
Deadfall (1968)
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Woman Times Seven (1967)
Hurry Sundown (1967)
Funeral in Berlin (1966)
Gambit (1966)
The Wrong Box (1966)
Alfie (1966)
The Ipcress File (1965)
Zulu (1964)
Solo for Sparrow (1962)
Foxhole in Cairo (1960)
Room 43 (1958)
The Two-Headed Spy (1958)
Blind Spot (1958)
How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957)
Hell in Korea (1956)
Panic in the Parlor (1956)