Michael Caine - Michael Caine: 'My father thought I was gay'
Michael Caine has revealed his father thought he was gay when he first decided to become an actor.
Michael Caine's father use to think he was gay.
The Oscar-winning actor - who grew up in Southwark, South London - remembers how taken aback his dad was when he first revealed he wanted to be an actor as it was unusual for a heterosexual man to enter the industry at the time.
He told Esquire magazine: ''My dad was a Billingsgate fish market porter. When I told him that I was going to be an actor he never said a word but I saw his face and thought, he thinks I'm gay. The theatre in those days was very gay. But I wasn't.''
Michael, 80, may be known for playing boisterous confident characters on the big-screen but he admits when growing up he would avoid speaking to anyone he didn't know and would hide himself away whenever the occasion arose.
He added: ''I was the shyest child. If strangers came into the house I'd hide behind the curtains and wouldn't come out until they'd gone.''
The 'Inception' star has since gained a tremendous amount of self-belief and credits his upbringing for helping him turn into the successful actor he is today.
He quipped: ''My three great achievements with which I had absolutely nothing to do are that I was born an Englishman, a Londoner and a Cockney.''