Mar. 14th, 1933
Rotherhithe, London, England, UK
Michael Caine's Main TV Roles
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Michael Caine (born Maurice Micklewhite; March 14, 1933) in London. 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.
- Turned down 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv)'s _Frenzy (1972)_ (qv).
- Has stated that the character of Vichy war criminal Pierre Brossard in _The Statement (2003)_ (qv) was his least favorite. He said that all the other characters he played in his career, whether good or evil, had a sense of humor on some level that he would try to convey in his performance. He felt that Brossard had no sense of humor whatsoever, in part because the character was such an intense man.
- Shared a London flat with actor 'Terence Stamp' (qv) early in his career.
- Allegedly did not get along with 'Steven Seagal' (qv) while filming _On Deadly Ground (1994)_ (qv).
- In an interview with "The Sunday Telegraph" on 26 April 2009, Caine admitted that he is considering becoming a tax exile again if Labour Prime Minister 'Gordon Brown (VI)' (qv) increases taxes on high earners.
- Father, with the late 'Patricia Haines' (qv), of Dominique (aka Nikki).
- 10/87: Ranked #55 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Chosen by GQ magazine as one of the 50 Most Stylish Men in the Past 50 Years.