Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Mar. 14th, 1933
Born in
Rotherhithe, London, England, UK
6' 2

Michael Caine's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Walk a Crooked Mile (UK) TV Show
Walk a Crooked Mile (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2011 - Gnomeo and Juliet
2010 - Inception
2008 - Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
2008 - Is Anybody There?
2008 - The Dark Knight
2007 - Sleuth
2006 - The Prestige
2006 - Children of Men
2005 - Batman Begins
2005 - Bewitched
2005 - The Weather Man
2004 - Around The Bend
2003 - The Statement
2003 - The Actors
2003 - Secondhand Lions
2002 - The Quiet American
2002 - Austin Powers in Goldmember
2001 - Last Orders
2000 - Shiner
2000 - Get Carter
2000 - Miss Congeniality
2000 - Quills
1999 - The Cider House Rules
1999 - Curtain Call
1998 - Little Voice
1996 - Midnight in Saint Petersburg
1996 - Blood and Wine
1995 - Bullet to Beijing
1994 - On Deadly Ground
1992 - Noises Off...
1992 - The Muppet Christmas Carol
1990 - Mr. Destiny
1990 - A Shock to the System
1988 - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
1988 - Without a Clue
1987 - Jaws: The Revenge
1987 - The Whistle Blower
1987 - The Fourth Protocol
1986 - Hannah And Her Sisters
1986 - Half Moon Street
1986 - Mona Lisa
1985 - The Holcroft Covenant
1984 - Terror in the Aisles
1984 - Blame It on Rio
1982 - Deathtrap
1981 - Victory
1981 - The Hand
1980 - The Island
1980 - Dressed to Kill
1979 - Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
1978 - California Suite
1978 - The Swarm
1977 - A Bridge Too Far
1976 - The Eagle Has Landed
1975 - The Man Who Would Be King
1975 - The Romantic Englishwoman
1975 - The Wilby Conspiracy
1974 - The Black Windmill
1972 - Pulp
1972 - Sleuth
1971 - The Last Valley
1971 - Get Carter
1971 - Kidnapped
1970 - Too Late the Hero
1969 - Battle of Britain
1969 - The Italian Job
1968 - The Magus
1967 - Billion Dollar Brain
1966 - Funeral In Berlin
1966 - Alfie
1965 - The Ipcress File
1964 - Zulu
1963 - The Wrong Arm of the Law

Guest TV Roles

[Complete List]


Born Maurice Micklewhite in London, Michael Caine was the son of a fish-market porter and a charlady. 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 (1968), Battle of Britain (1969), Too Late the Hero (1970), The Last Valley (1970) 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.

  • The soundstage at Shepperton Studios, in which he filmed _Batman Begins (2005)_ (qv), is also the one where he filmed his very first film, _A Hill in Korea (1956)_ (qv).
  • "Michael Caine", a top 10 song in Britain in the mid-'80s by the group 'Madness' (qv), had his "My Name Is Michael Caine" quote sampled into the song.
  • His all-time favorite actor, his inspiration to become an actor and his hero is 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv).
  • He is famous for the catch-phrase "Not a lot of people know that", though he never actually said it.
  • Once said that he knew he'd made it as an actor when he started getting scripts to read that no longer had coffee stains already on them (meaning that he was the first choice for that role).
  • Upon meeting 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) for the first time on the set of _Sleuth (1972)_ (qv), he was unsure of how to address Olivier. Olivier told him that he should be called Lord Olivier the first time, and after that, he could simply call him "Larry."
  • Three of his memorable films (_Alfie (1966)_ (qv), _The Italian Job (1969)_ (qv), and _Get Carter (1971)_ (qv)) have all been remade.
  • 'Mike Myers (I)' (qv) said that he based the character of Austin Powers partially on Caine's character in _Alfie (1966)_ (qv). Caine would play Austin Powers father in _Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)_ (qv).

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