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Sir Michael Caine CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 14.3.1933) Michael Caine is an Oscar and BAFTA Award winning British actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films.
Childhood: Michael Caine was born in the Rotherhithe area of London, to Ellen Frances Marie (a cook) and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Sr. (a fish market worker). Although Maurice Sr. was a Catholic, his son was raised in the Protestant tradition, like his mother.
During World War II, Caine attended Wilson's Grammar in Camberwell and was evacuated to Norfolk. In 1952, he did his National Service in the Royal Fusiliers and served in both Germany and Korea.
Acting Career: Caine's first stage name was Michael Scott, until his agent informed him that somebody was already using that name. Under pressure to choose a new name, he took his name from The Caine Mutiny, which was showing in Leicester Square at the time.
Caine initially got walk-on parts at the Carfax Theatre but in 1964, he was cast in Zulu. As an actor, he stood out, for his Cockney accent, which was incongruous amongst the traditional received pronunciation that actors used at the time. Shortly after Zulu, Caine appeared in The Ipcress File, perhaps one of his most famous roles, along with Alfie, released in 1966.
He then reprised his role from The Ipcress File in four sequels, Funeral In Berlin (1966), Billion-Dollar Brain (1967), Bullet to Beijing (1995) and Midnight in St. Petersburg (1995).
Michael Caine rounded off the 1960s with his iconic role in The Italian Job, alongside Noel Coward. His first film of the 1970s was Get Carter, a British gangster movie and in 1972, starred alongside Sir Laurence Olivier in Sleuth. Three years later, he shared screen time with Sean Connery in The Man Who Would Be King.
The 1980s were not such a successful period for Caine and he has since admitted that he undertook a number of low-quality projects, simply for the money. Films such as The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and The Hand were all commercial failures. However, he still managed to pull off some decent performances in this era, such as his BAFTA winning appearance in Educating Rita in 1983. In 1986, Caine won an Oscar for his role in Hannah and her Sisters.
During the 1990s, Michael Caine took the role of Scrooge in Muppet Christmas Carol which is frequently re-shown on TV over the festive period and his role in Little Voice, alongside Jane Horrocks, won him a Golden Globe Award. His second Oscar came for his role in The Cider House Rules, released in 1999. In the recent remake of Alfie, Jude Law took Caine's old role, whilst Caine himself took the role originally played by Laurence Olivier. In Christopher Nolan's Batman adaptations, Caine was cast as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler.
In 1993, Michael Caine was awarded a CBE for services to drama. Seven years later, he was knighted, using his birth name, which he has never surrendered.
Personal Life: Between 1955 and 1958, Michael Caine was married to Patricia Haines, an actress. The couple had one daughter together, Dominique. In 1973, Caine married Shakira Baksh, an actress and a model. They also have one daughter together, Natasha.
The veteran actor has become the latest star to give his thoughts on the Oscars’ diversity row.
Michael Caine has given his thoughts on the diversity row which is currently dominating this year’s Oscars coverage. Speaking to Nick Robinson on BBC Radio 4, the veteran actor said: “You can't vote for an actor because he's black,” when asked his opinion on the controversy which has seen a number of stars criticise the Academy for its lack of diversity.
Michael Caine has joined The Oscars’ diversity debate.
"There's loads of black actors. You can't vote for an actor because he's black,” Caine told Robinson. “You can't just say, 'I'm going to vote for him. He's not very good, but he's black. I'll vote for him.' You have to give a good performance.”
The actor credits wife of 43 years Shakira Caine for calming him down and stopping his drinking.
Michael Caine has said he believes he would have been dead ‘long ago’, if it wasn't for his wife Shakira Caine. The actor credits his wife of 43 years for stopping his heavy drinking, revealing that he used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and smoked several packets of cigarettes.
Michael Caine and wife Shakira Caine.
"Without her I would have been dead long ago," Caine told the Radio Times. "I would have probably drunk myself to death. I was a bit of a piss artist when I was younger, I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and I was smoking too, several packs a day.”
Continue reading: Michael Caine: 'How My Wife Saved Me From Drinking Myself To Death'
The veteran actor stopped playing the romantic lead in his 60s and ended up becoming a double Oscar winner.
Veteran actor Michael Caine has spoken about how he only started receiving recognition for his roles once he was unable to play the leading man. The 83-year-old is a guest on tonight’s edition of ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ (January 16th), where he makes his first British chat show appearance in over 10 years.
Michael Caine only started earning awards when he stopped playing the leading man.
“At 83, you don’t get many offers of leading parts in movies, you usually play grandpas," Caine said. “I was about 60, 61 somewhere like that and I got a script and I read it and I sent it back to the producer saying the part is too small and he sent it back to me with a note saying, ‘I didn’t want you to play the lover, I wanted you to play the father’ and I thought uh oh, it’s over.”
Paul Dano stars alongside Sir Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in 'Youth', released in the UK on January 29th.
Ahead of the release of the European Film Award-winning drama Youth, which teams up Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, one of the movie’s supporting cast members, Paul Dano, has spoken about the experience of working with the British movie legend.
31 year old Dano, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy earlier this year, spoke exclusively to us about what it was like to work with Caine.
“Michael is,” he said before pausing for thought, “you know, there’s just not a false note going on in his body or his voice or anything. He’s just so present, and simple.”
Continue reading: Paul Dano Enthuses About Working With Michael Caine In 'Youth'
Caine and Keitel play best friends in 'Youth', out in the UK on January 29th, and it seems as if they became best buds off-screen too.
In the award-winning comedy-drama, Caine and Keitel star as two best friends in the twilight years of their life, reflecting on their memories and friendship while vacationing in the Swiss Alps. When asked what his co-star was like to get on with, Caine had high praise indeed.
Michael Caine with 'Youth' co-stars Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz at the red carpet premiere
Continue reading: Michael Caine Talks About Working With Harvey Keitel In 'Youth'
Caine plays an conductor in 'Youth', released in the UK on January 29th, and spoke a little about his preparation for the unusual part, which included conducting a real-life orchestra.
Sir Michael Caine has spoken about being taught how to conduct an orchestra as part of his role in forthcoming film Youth, which won two awards at the European Film Awards earlier in December.
82 year old Caine, who was recently voted by the British public as the country’s greatest living film actor, stars as composer Fred Ballinger alongside his best friend, played by Harvey Keitel. He was asked about his reaction to being asked to play the part of a classical music conductor, and his training for it.
Sir Michael Caine at the 28th European Film Awards in December 2015
Continue reading: Sir Michael Caine Talks About Conducting An Orchestra In 'Youth'
After becoming the most famous magicians in the world with their last tricks and exposing the wrongdoings of Arthur Tressler, it was obvious that as many people as they helped, they'd always upset a powerful few. One of those is Arthur's son, Walter Tressler.
Walter is on a mission to cause The Four Horsemen as much damage as possible. In order to stop Walter, the four magicians must pull off a stunt far bigger than their first.
With Isla Fisher pregant and unable to commit to the film Lizzy Caplan (Masters Of Sex) has been brought in to play the role of Lula. Other than Isla, all the lead cast from the first film will appear in the new film and Daniel Radcliffe will play the role of Arthurs son, a tech magnate.
Sir Michael Caine , Shakira Caine - The 28th European Film Awards (Europaeischer Filmpreis) at Haus der Berliner Festspiele - Arrivals at Haus der Berliner Festspiele - Berlin, Germany - Saturday 12th December 2015
After a long, varied career, Michael Caine was surprised when he heard that Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) wanted him to star in his new film Youth.
"It was like having a script from another world," Caine laughs. "I was amazed that he'd heard of me! I'm well known in England and America, but in Italy? But my agent said he wrote it for me. So I asked Paolo, 'Did you really write this for me?' The director replied, 'I wrote it for two of you, but the other one was busy.' That put me in my place."
Set at a Swiss health resort, the film is an exploration of how it feels to grow older, and Caine didn't hesitate when scenes required him to appear wearing only a towel. "It's the only body I've got," he says matter-of-factly. "At least it was a reality. Young people should know: this is what's going to happen, do don't get too smart about it." Was he tempted to hit the gym before those scenes? "At my age getting in shape is a waste of time," he says. "What you see is what you get. No one expects me to look like Brad Pitt!"
Continue reading: Youth Was Like A Gift For Michael Caine
The 82 year-old actor has topped a list of iconic Brits compiled by ShortList magazine.
Veteran actor Michael Caine has been named Britain’s Greatest Living Movie Star by ShortList magazine. The actor appears on the cover of the new issue (out November 26th), alongside other iconic Brits. But despite being 82-years-old, Caine has said he has no plans to give up his career anytime soon.
Michael Caine has been named Britain’s Greatest Living Movie Star
Speaking to the magazine Caine said: “I’m always planning ahead. I’ve got plans for everything. You know, you’d think I’m going to live to 150. I always say to my kids, ‘don’t look backwards, you’ll fall over.’”
Continue reading: Michael Caine Named Britain's Greatest Living Movie Star
Vin Diesel talks about his new fantasy movie The Last Witch Hunter and being a long term Dungeons & Dragons nerd.
At the peak of his powers with the Fast & Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, Vin Diesel is not only still working to revive both Riddick and xXx, but he has just launched a new bid for an ongoing movie hero in The Last Witch Hunter. And this role is based on something very near and dear to his heart: the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder in The Last Witch Hunter
A long-time D&D enthusiast, Diesel based the film's witch hunter Kaulder on his gaming alter-ego Melkor ("Obviously I stole the name from Tolkien"). And he's thrilled that he has finally been able to make a movie in this genre. "The studio was very excited about making The Last Witch Hunter, and yet because they were coming into my realm, fantasy, my standards were so high," he says. "I've been waiting 10, 15 years to make a fantasy movie. Even longer! Trying to find something in the fantasy space that would be exciting, something that I could do that would speak to that Dungeons & Dragons nerd that I enjoyed being for so much of my life."
Continue reading: The Last Witch Hunter Is Personal For Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel makes a bid for yet another franchise with a supernatural action romp that's both deeply ridiculous and enjoyably entertaining. The premise is basically Underworld with witches, and Diesel uses his meathead charm to coast through his role as an immortal warrior. Thankfully, the crazed production design and some solid costars do most of the acting for him. And director Breck Eisner keeps the pace snappy enough to hold the audience's interest, even if we're laughing at it rather than with it.
Diesel plays Kaulder, who in the 13th century killed a nefarious witch queen (Julie Engelbrecht) and was cursed with immortality. Now 800 years later, he's living the high life in Manhattan and leading the Axe and Cross to contain the world's witch population. His assistant is the 36th Dolan (Michael Caine), who has just named the 37th (Elijah Wood) when they're attacked by the mysterious Belial (Olaf Darri Olafsson). He's determined to resurrect the queen and return humanity to the dark ages. So Kaulder sets out to stop him, teaming up with helpful witch Chloe (Rose Leslie), who has some special abilities that aid them as things get increasingly crazed.
Continue reading: The Last Witch Hunter Review
Date of birth
14th March, 1933
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