Michael Caine

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...

Born on March 14, 1933

Rotherhithe, London, England, UK

Height 1.85m / 6' 1"

Biography

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War, where he saw combat. Upon his return to England he gravitated toward the theater and got a job as an assistant stage manager. He adopted the name of Caine on the advice of his agent, taking it from a marquee that advertised The Caine Mutiny (1954). In the years that followed he worked in more than 100 television dramas, with repertory companies throughout England and eventually in the stage hit, "The Long and the Short and the Tall." Zulu (1964), the 1964 epic retelling of a historic 19th-century battle in South Africa between British soldiers and Zulu warriors, brought Caine to international attention. Instead of being typecast as a low-ranking Cockney soldier, he played a snobbish, aristocratic officer. Although "Zulu" was a major success, it was the role of Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965) and the title role in Alfie (1966) that made Caine a star of the first magnitude. He epitomized the new breed of actor in mid-'60s England, the working-class bloke with glasses and a down-home accent. However, after initially starring in some excellent films, particularly in the 1960s, including Gambit (1966), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Play Dirty (1969), Battle of Britain (1969), Too Late the Hero (1970), The Last Valley (1971) and especially Get Carter (1971), he seemed to take on roles in below-average films, simply for the money he could by then command. There were some gems amongst the dross, however. He gave a magnificent performance opposite Sean Connery in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and turned in a solid one as a German colonel in The Eagle Has Landed (1976). Educating Rita (1983) and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (for which he won his first Oscar) were highlights of the 1980s, while more recently Little Voice (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999) (his second Oscar) and Last Orders (2001) have been widely acclaimed.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

His spectacles (rare for 1960s leading actors)

Frequently works with director Christopher Nolan

Tall, lean frame

Often plays mentors and father figures to younger characters in films

His cockney accent

Trivia

His first American accent was in the film Hurry Sundown (1967). He was taught the Southern drawl by Vivien Leigh, who told him to say "four door Ford" all day long for weeks. (source - "What's it all about?" Michael Caine's autobiography - 1992)

11/16/00: Formally knighted at Buckingham Palace under his real name of Maurice Micklewhite. He will be known professionally as Sir Michael Caine.

He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the performing arts.

Shared a London flat with actor Terence Stamp early in his career.

Took his name from the film The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Owns his own film production company.

He was awarded the CBE (Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire) in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

1987: Awarded British Variety Club Award for Best Film Actor.

Co-owned top London restaurant Langan's Brasserie.

10/87: Ranked #55 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

Quotes

[in 1967] I've never been out with a married woman, never. I respect others' properties.

Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.

The difference between a movie star and a movie actor is this--a movie star will say, "How can I change the script to suit me?" and a movie actor will say. "How can I change me to suit the script?"

First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.

The best research [for playing a drunk] is being a British actor for 20 years.

Movie acting is about covering the machinery. Stage acting is about exposing the machinery. In cinema, you should think the actor is playing himself, if he's that good. It looks very easy. It should. But it's not, I assure you. To disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I've tried it 85 times, and I've succeeded two or three times.

I used to get the girl; now I get the part. In The Quiet American (2002) you may have noticed I got the part and the girl. It's a milestone for me, because it's the last time I'm going to get the girl. I'm sure of it, now I'm nearly seventy.

I am in so many movies that are on TV at 2:00 a.m. that people think I am dead.

[on Jaws: The Revenge (1987)] I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.

My name is Michael Caine.

Spouses

Shakira Caine Shakira Caine January 08, 1973 - present (1 child)
Patricia Haines Patricia Haines - present (divorced) (1 child)

Salaries

Hurry Sundown  Hurry Sundown  $ 20,000 /week
Gambit  Gambit  $ 250,000

Filmography

What's My Line? What's My Line? Himself-MysteryGuest(1episode,1966)
Today Today Himself-Guest(2episodes,2008-2015)
Dixon of Dock Green Dixon of Dock Green Brocklehurst/...(3episodes,1957-1959)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot The Adventures of Sir Lancelot ThirdKnight(1episode,1956)
Blind Spot  Blind Spot  JohnnyBrent
The Two-Headed Spy  The Two-Headed Spy  GestapoAgent
Foxhole in Cairo  Foxhole in Cairo  Weber
The Ship That Couldn't Stop The Ship That Couldn't Stop Helmsman
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself-Guest/...(8episodes,1965-1988)
The Wrong Arm of the Law  The Wrong Arm of the Law  PoliceStationPC(uncredited)
The Ipcress File  The Ipcress File  HarryPalmer
Funeral in Berlin  Funeral in Berlin  HarryPalmer
Gambit  Gambit  HarryDean
The Wrong Box  The Wrong Box  MichaelFinsbury
The Joey Bishop Show The Joey Bishop Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1969)
Hurry Sundown  Hurry Sundown  HenryWarren
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London  Tonite Let's All Make Love in London  Himself(segment"MovieStars")(uncredited)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Himself-GuestPerformer(3episodes,1969-1970)
The Magus  The Magus  NicholasUrfe
Play Dirty  Play Dirty  Capt.Douglas
The David Frost Show The David Frost Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,1970-1972)
The Dick Cavett Show The Dick Cavett Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1970)
Playboy After Dark Playboy After Dark Himself(1episode,1969)
Battle of Britain  Battle of Britain  SquadronLeaderCanfield
The Last Valley  The Last Valley  TheCaptain
Sleuth  Sleuth  MiloTindle
Dinah! Dinah! Himself-Guest(2episodes,1975-1979)
The Black Windmill  The Black Windmill  Maj.JohnTarrant
The Destructors  The Destructors  JohnDeray
Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself-Guest(2episodes,1979-2014)
Peeper  Peeper  LeslieC.Tucker
The Wilby Conspiracy  The Wilby Conspiracy  JimKeogh
The Eagle Has Landed  The Eagle Has Landed  ColonelSteiner
Harry and Walter Go to New York  Harry and Walter Go to New York  AdamWorth
California Suite  California Suite  SidneyCochran
Ashanti  Ashanti  Dr.DavidLinderby
Dressed to Kill  Dressed to Kill  DoctorRobertElliott
The Island  The Island  BlairMaynard
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(4episodes,2006-2010)
The Hand  The Hand  JonathanLansdale
Late Night with David Letterman Late Night with David Letterman Himself(2episodes,1983-1987)
Educating Rita  Educating Rita  Dr.FrankBryant
The Jigsaw Man  The Jigsaw Man  PhilipKimberley/SergeiKuzminsky
Terror in the Aisles  Terror in the Aisles  DoctorRobertElliott(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Larry King Live Larry King Live Himself-Guest(1episode,1999)
The Holcroft Covenant  The Holcroft Covenant  NoelHolcroft
Water  Water  Baxter
Half Moon Street  Half Moon Street  LordBulbeck
Sweet Liberty  Sweet Liberty  ElliottJames
The Whistle Blower  The Whistle Blower  FrankJones
Biography Biography Himself(2episodes,1995-2004)
The Fourth Protocol  The Fourth Protocol  JohnPreston
The Fourth Protocol  The Fourth Protocol 
Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup  Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup  Narrator(voice)
Surrender  Surrender  SeanStein
Sidewalks Entertainment Sidewalks Entertainment Himself-Guest(1episode,2014)
Without a Clue  Without a Clue  ReginaldKincaid/SherlockHolmes
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest(1episode,2006)
Mr. Destiny  Mr. Destiny  Mike
Otto Preminger: Anatomie eines Filmemachers  Otto Preminger: Anatomie eines Filmemachers  Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(9episodes,1992-2009)
Blue Ice  Blue Ice  HarryAnders
Blue Ice  Blue Ice 
The Muppet Christmas Carol  The Muppet Christmas Carol  Scrooge
Noises Off...  Noises Off...  LloydFellowes
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself-Guest(3episodes,1994-2003)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself-Guest(3episodes,1998-2010)
World War II: When Lions Roared  World War II: When Lions Roared  JosephV.Stalin
On Deadly Ground  On Deadly Ground  MichaelJennings
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,2003-2010)
TFI Friday TFI Friday Himself(3episodes,1996-2015)
Elle s'appelait Françoise  Elle s'appelait Françoise  Himself
It All Came True  It All Came True  MaxGale
60 Minutes 60 Minutes Himself-Actor(segment"MichaelCaine")(2episodes,2015-2016)
The View The View Himself-Guest(2episodes,2005-2008)
Children in Need Children in Need Himself(1episode,2003)
William Tell William Tell Max/...(2episodes,1958-1959)
Knight Errant Limited Knight Errant Limited Photographer(1episode,1960)
Armchair Theatre Armchair Theatre Helmsman(1episode,1961)
The Arthur Haynes Show The Arthur Haynes Show (1episode,1962)
Newsnight Newsnight Himself(1episode,2007)
Parkinson Parkinson Himself-Guest(5episodes,1971-2007)
Inside the Actors Studio Inside the Actors Studio Himself-Guest(1episode,2000)
The Mike Douglas Show The Mike Douglas Show Himself-Guest(8episodes,1975-1979)
World in Action World in Action Himself(1episode,1970)
Aspel & Company Aspel & Company Himself-Guest(1episode,1984)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself/...(7episodes,2000-2016)
No Wreath for the General No Wreath for the General SecondPoliceConstable(1episode,1960)
Golden Girl Golden Girl Detective(1episode,1960)
Arena Arena Himself(1episode,2004)
Omnibus Omnibus Himself/...(2episodes,1999-2000)
Hour Magazine Hour Magazine Himself(1episode,1983)
Children of Men  Children of Men  Jasper
Getaway Getaway Himself(1episode,2005)
GMTV GMTV Himself(1episode,2004)
Roger Moore: A Matter of Class Roger Moore: A Matter of Class Himself
Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
Caiga quien caiga Caiga quien caiga Himself(1episode,2005)
Navy Log Navy Log SoldierNo.1(1episode,1958)
Last Orders  Last Orders  Jack
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