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Name: Michael Caine  
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Date of Birth: 14th March 1933
Place of Birth: Rotherhithe, London, England, UK
Profession: Actor
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Michael Caine

Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, CBE (born 14 March 1933), known professionally as Sir Michael Caine, is an Oscar winning English film actor. He was born in Rotherhithe, South London, and grew up in nearby Camberwell. During World War II, he was evacuated to Norfolk. When he first became an actor he used the stage name "Michael Scott". He happened to be speaking to his agent in a telephone box in Leicester Square in London when he was informed that he had to change his name again because another actor was already using the name "Michael Scott". His agent insisted that he come up with a new name immediately. Looking around for inspiration, he noted that The Caine Mutiny was being shown at the Odeon cinema, and so he decided to change his name to "Michael Caine". He once joked to an interviewer that had he looked the other way, he would have ended up as "Michael One Hundred and One Dalmatians".

After several minor roles, Caine came into the public eye as an upper-class British army officer in the 1964 film, Zulu. This proved to be ironic, as Caine was quickly to become notable for using a regional accent, rather than the Received Pronunciation hitherto considered proper for film actors. At the time, Caine's working-class cockney, just as with The Beatles Liverpudlian accents, seemed like a breath of fresh air. Zulu was closely followed by his two best-known roles: the spy "Harry Palmer", in The Ipcress File (1965), and the woman-chasing Alfie (1966). He went on to play Palmer in a further two films. His trademark horn-rimmed glasses did not prevent him becoming a pin-up. After ending the 1960s with the equally iconic The Italian Job and a solid role as an RAF fighter pilot, Squadron Leader Canfield, in the all-star cast of Battle of Britain (1969), Caine entered the 1970s with Get Carter, one of the best British gangster films. The 1970s proved to be a lean period for Caine, with successes such as Sleuth (1972) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975) overshadowed by disasters such as The Swarm (1978) and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979).

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s Caine alternated between acclaimed performances in films such as Educating Rita (1983) and Mona Lisa (1986), and unashamedly mercenary roles in notorious duds such as Jaws: The Revenge (as Hoagie Newcombe) (1987) and On Deadly Ground (1994). Of the former, Caine famously said "I have not seen the film, but I hear it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it paid for, and it is superb". By this time Caine's reputation as an icon was assured, and recent performances in Little Voice (1998), Last Orders (2001) and others have rehabilitated his critical reputation.

He has been Oscar-nominated six times, winning his first Academy Award for the 1986 film, Hannah and Her Sisters, his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules (film), in both cases as a supporting actor. He was created Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1993 for services to drama, and in 2000 a Knight Bachelor, becoming Sir Maurice Micklewhite. Unlike some actors who adopt their stage name for everyday use, Caine still uses his real name when he is not working. He recently appeared as Bruce Wayne's beloved butler in Batman Begins, 2005

Caine is a popular subject for impressionists and mimics, having a distinctive yet fairly easy to copy voice. Most Caine impressions repeat the catchphrase, "Not a lot of people know that," which was never actually used by Caine, except more recently when sending up himself and the mimics who established the catchphrase; it originated with an answering machine message recorded by Peter Sellers, who impersonated Caine very well and in this case did so saying, "My name is Michael Caine. Peter Sellers is not in at the moment. Not a lot of people know that."

He also appeared as himself on the hit Madness song "Michael Caine" in 1984.

Caine has been married twice:

  • 1) The actress Patricia Haines (1955-1958); one daughter Dominique
  • 2) The actress and model Shakira Baksh (2 January 1973-); one daughter Natasha


  • New York Film Critics' Best Actor Award for Alfie
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for Educating Rita
  • British Academy Award for Best Actor for Educating Rita
  • Golden Globe for Best Actor for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Golden Globe for Best Actor for Little Voice
  • Academy Award Nomination for Alfie, Sleuth, Educating Rita and The Quiet American
  • Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules (film)


  • Sailor Beware (1956)
  • A Hill in Korea (1956)
  • How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957)
  • The Steel Bayonet (1957)
  • A Woman of Mystery (1958)
  • The Two-Headed Spy (1958)
  • Passport to Shame (1958)
  • The Key (1958)
  • Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
  • Danger Within (1959)
  • The Bulldog Breed (1960)
  • Foxhole in Cairo (1961)
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
  • Solo for Sparrow (1962)
  • The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)
  • Zulu (1964)
  • The Ipcress File (1965)
  • Alfie (1966)
  • The Wrong Box (1966)
  • Gambit (1966)
  • Funeral in Berlin (1966)
  • Hurry Sundown (1967)
  • Woman Times Seven (1967)
  • Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967) (documentary)
  • Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
  • Play Dirty (1968)
  • Wedding of the Doll (1968) (documentary)
  • Deadfall (1968)
  • The Magus (1968)
  • Battle of Britain (1969)
  • The Italian Job (1969)
  • Simon Simon (1970) (short subject)
  • Too Late the Hero (1970)
  • The Last Valley (1971)
  • Get Carter (1971) (also producer)
  • Kidnapped (1971)
  • Pulp (1972) (also producer)
  • Zee and Co. (1972)
  • Sleuth (1972)
  • The Black Windmill (1974)
  • The Destructors (1974)
  • Peeper (1975)
  • The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
  • The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)
  • The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
  • Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)
  • The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977)
  • Silver Bears (1978)
  • The Swarm (1978)
  • California Suite (1978)
  • Ashanti, Land of No Mercy (1979)
  • Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
  • Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • The Island (1980)
  • The Hand (1981)
  • Victory (1981)
  • Deathtrap (1982)
  • The Jigsaw Man (1983)
  • The Honorary Consul (1983)
  • Educating Rita (1983)
  • Beyond the Limit (1983)
  • Blame It on Rio (1984)
  • Water (1985)
  • The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  • Sweet Liberty (1986)
  • Mona Lisa (1986)
  • Half Moon Street (1986)
  • The Whistle Blower (1986)
  • The Fourth Protocol (1987)
  • Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
  • Surrender (1987)
  • Without a Clue (1988)
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
  • John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1989) (documentary)
  • A Shock to the System (1990)
  • Mr. Destiny (1990)
  • Bullseye! (1990)
  • Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) (documentary)
  • Noises Off... (1992)
  • Blue Ice (1992)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • On Deadly Ground (1994)
  • Blood and Wine (1996)
  • Midnight in St. Petersburg (1996)
  • Shadow Run (1998)
  • Little Voice (1998)
  • Curtain Call (1999)
  • The Cider House Rules (film) (1999)
  • The Debtors (1999)
  • Quills (2000)
  • Shiner (2000)
  • Get Carter (2000)
  • Miss Congeniality (2000)
  • Quickland (2001)
  • Last Orders (2001)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • The Quiet American (2002)
  • The Actors (2003)
  • Secondhand Lions (2003)
  • The Statement (2003)
  • Around the Bend (2004)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Weather Man (2005) (currently completed filming)
  • Bewitched (movie) (2005)
  • The Prestige (2006)

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