Michael Caine

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Sir Michael Caine, CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr.; March 14, 1933) is an English actor, film producer and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning over 60 years and is considered a British film icon. Known for his cockney accent, Caine was born in south-east London.

He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in British films, including Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job (1969) and Battle of Britain (1969). Other roles in the 1960s include Otto Preminger‘s Hurry Sundown (1967), with Jane Fonda and Faye Dunaway. His roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), The Last Valley (1971), Joseph L. Mankiewicz‘s final film Sleuth (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination; John Huston‘s The Man Who Would Be King (1975), with Sean Connery; John Sturges‘s The Eagle Has Landed (1976), with Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasance, and Jenny Agutter; A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Swarm (1978), with Olivia de Havilland, and Beyond Poseidon Adventure (1979), with Sally Field, Telly Savalas, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Shirley Knight, Slim Pickens, Angela Cartwright, Mark Harmon, Shirley Jones, and Karl Malden.

He achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with with Educating Rita (1983), earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen‘s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), with Mia Farrow, Barbra Hershey, Diane Wiest, Margaret O’Sullivan, Carrie Fisher, and Max von Sydow. Other notable films during this period include Brian De Palma‘s Dressed to Kill (1980), with Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, and Keith Gordon; The Island (1980), with David Warner; Oliver Stone‘s The Hand (1981), Escape to Victory (1981), with Sylvester Stallone, von Sydow, and Pelé; Sydney Lumet’s Deathtrap (1982), with Dyan Cannon and Christopher Reeve; The Jigsaw Man (1983), with Lawrence Oliver; Stanley Donen‘s Blame It on Rio (1984), with Joseph Bologna, Michelle Johnson, Valerie Harper, Demi Moore, and José Lewgoy; Sweet Liberty (1986), with Alan Alda (who also directed), Michelle Pfeiffer, Bob Hoskins, Lois Chiles, Lise Hilboldt, Lillian Gish, and Larry Shue, Neil Jordan‘s Mona Lisa (1986), with Hoskins and Cathy Tyson; Half Moon Street (1986), with Sigourney Weaver; The Fourth Protocol (1987), with Pierce Brosnan; Without a Clue (1988), with Ben Kingsley; and Frank Oz‘s Dirty Rotten Scoundrel’s (1988), with Steve Martin, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, and Barbara Harris.

Caine played Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). This was his first starring role in several years, which led to a career resurgence in the late 1990s, receiving his second Golden Globe Award for his performance in Little Voice (1998), with Jane Horrocks, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, and Ewan McGregorand his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lasse Hallström’s The Cider House Rules (1999), with Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Kieran Culkin, Heavy D, Kate Nelligan, and Erykah Badu. Other notable film roles at the time include Peter Bogdanovich‘s Noise Off… (1992), Blue Ice (1992), with Sean Young and Ian Holm; Bob Rafelson‘s Blood and Wine (1996), with Jack Nicholson and Judy Davis; It All Came True (1998), with James Spader, Maggie Smith, Polly Walker, Buck Henry, Sam Shepard, Frank Whaley, and Marcia Gay Harden.

Caine played Nigel Powers (Austin Powers father) in the 2002 parody Austin Powers in Goldmember, and Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005, 2008, 2012) with Christian Bale Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Tom Hardy, and Marion Cotillard. He appeared in several other of Nolan’s films, including The Prestige (2006), with Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall, and David Bowie; Inception (2010), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cotillard, Elliot Page, Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Pete Postlethwaite; Interstellar (2014), with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, and Matt Damon; and Tenet (2020), with John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and Kenneth Branagh.

Caine also appeared in Miss Congeniality (2000), with Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, and Candice Bergen; Gore Verbinski’s The Weather Man (2005), with Nicolas Cage; Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men (2006), with Clive Owen and Julianne Moore; and Matthew Vaughn’s action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015). As of February 2017, films which he has starred in have grossed over $3.5 billion domestically and over $7.8 billion worldwide. Caine is ranked as the twentieth-highest-grossing box office star.

Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s, the other one being Jack Nicholson; Laurence Olivier was also nominated for an acting Academy Award in five different decades, beginning in 1939 and ending in 1978. Caine appeared in seven films that featured in the British Film Institute’s 100 greatest British films of the 20th century. In 2000, Caine received a BAFTA Fellowship and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema.

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  • Morning Departure (1950) – directed by Roy Ward Baker
  • Panic in the Parlor (1956) – directed by Gordon Parry – uncredited
  • A Hill in Korea (1956) – directed by Julian Amyes
  • Blood Money (1957) – TV movie
  • The Steel Bayonet (1957) – directed by Michael Carreras – uncredited
  • How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957) – directed by Nigel Patrick
  • Carve Her Name with Pride (1958) – directed by Lewis Gilbert – uncredited
  • A Woman of Mystery (1958) – directed by Ernest Morris – uncredited
  • The Key (1958) – directed by Carol Reed – uncredited
  • Blind Spot (1958) – directed by Peter Maxwell
  • The Two-Headed Spy (1958) – directed by Andre DeToth
  • Passport to Shame (1958) – directed by Alvin Rakoff – Room 43 – uncredited
  • Danger Within (1959) – directed by Don Chaffey – aka Breakout – uncredited
  • Foxhole in Cairo (1960) – directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
  • The Bulldog Breed (1960) – directed by Robert Asher – uncredited
  • The Compartment (1961) – TV movie
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) – directed by Val Guest – uncredited
  • Solo for Sparrow (1962) – directed by Gordon Flemyng
  • The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) – directed by Cliff Owen – uncredited
  • Zulu (1964) – directed by Cy Endfield
  • Hamlet at Elsinore (1964) – TV movie
  • The Ipcress File (1965) – directed by Sidney J. Furie
  • Alfie (1966) – directed by Lewis Gilbert
  • The Wrong Box (1966) – directed by Bryan Forbes
  • Gambit (1966) – directed by Ronald Neame
  • Funeral in Berlin (1966) – directed by Guy Hamilton
  • Hurry Sundown (1967) – directed by Otto Preminger
  • Woman Times Seven (1967) – directed by Vittorio De Sica – aka Sette Volte Donna – France/Italy/US
  • Billion Dollar Brain (1967) – directed by Ken Russell
  • Deadfall (1968) – directed by Bryan Forbes
  • The Magus (1968) – directed by Guy Green
  • Play Dirty (1969) – Andre DeToth
  • Male of the Species (1969) – TV movie
  • The Italian Job (1969) – directed by Peter Collinson
  • Battle of Britain (1969) – directed by Guy Hamilton
  • Too Late the Hero (1970) – directed by Robert Aldrich
  • Simon Simon (1970) – directed by Graham Stark – short
  • The Last Valley (1971) – directed by James Clavell
  • Get Carter (1971) – directed by Mike Hodges
  • Kidnapped (1971) – directed by Delbert Mann
  • X, Y, and Zee (1972) – directed by Brian G. Hutton – aka Zee and Co
  • Pulp (1972) – directed by Mike Hodges
  • Sleuth (1972) – directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • The Black Windmill (1974) – directed by Don Siegel
  • The Marseille Contract (1974) – directed by Robert Parrish – aka The Destructors
  • The Wilby Conspiracy (1975) – directed by Ralph Nelson
  • The Romantic Englishwoman (1975) – directed by Joseph Losey
  • The Man Who Would Be King (1975) – directed by John Huston
  • Peeper (1975) – directed by Peter Hyams
  • Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976) – directed by Mark Rydell
  • The Eagle Has Landed (1976) – directed by John Sturges
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977) – directed by Richard Attenborough
  • Silver Bears (1978) – directed by Ivan Passer
  • The Swarm (1978) – directed by Irwin Allen
  • California Suite (1978) – directed by Herbert Ross
  • Ashanti (1979) – directed by Richard Fleischer
  • Beyond Poseidon Adventure (1979) – directed by Irwin Allen
  • The Island (1980) – directed by Michael Ritchie
  • Dressed to Kill (1980) – directed by Brian De Palma
  • The Hand (1981) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • Escape to Victory (1981) – directed by John Huston
  • Deathtrap (1982) – directed by Sidney Lumet
  • Educating Rita (1983) – directed by Lewis Gilbert
  • The Honorary Consul (1983) – directed by John Mackenzie – aka Beyond the Limit
  • The Jigsaw Man (1983) – directed by Terence Young
  • Blame It on Rio (1984) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • Water (1985) – directed by Dick Clement
  • The Holcroft Covenant (1985) – directed by John Frankenheimer
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) – directed by Woody Allen
  • Sweet Liberty (1986) – directed by Alan Alda
  • Mona Lisa (1986) – directed by Neil Jordan
  • Half Moon Street (1986) – directed by Bob Swaim
  • The Whistle Blower (1986) – directed by Simon Langton
  • The Fourth Protocol (1987) – directed by John Mackenzie
  • Jaws the Revenge (1987) – directed by Joseph Sargent
  • Surrender (1987) – directed by Jerry Belson
  • Without a Clue (1988) – directed by Thom Eberhardt
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) – directed by Frank Oz
  • Jekyll & Hyde (1990) – TV movie
  • A Shock to the System (1990) – directed by Jan Egleson
  • Mr. Destiny (1990) – directed by James Orr
  • Bullseye! (1990) – directed by Michael Winner
  • Noises Off… (1992) – directed by Peter Bogdanovich
  • Blue Ice (1992) – directed by Russell Mulcahy
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)* – directed by Brian Henson
  • On Deadly Ground (1994) – directed by Steven Seagal
  • World War II: When Lions Roared (1994) – directed by Joseph Sargent – aka Then There Were Giants – miniseries
  • Bullet to Beijing (1995) – directed by
  • George Mihalka – TV movie
  • Midnight in St. Petersburg (1996) – directed by Douglas Jackson – TV movie
  • Blood and Wine (1996) – directed by Bob Rafelson
  • Mandela and de Klerk (1997) – TV movie
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997) – miniseries
  • Shadow Run (1998) – directed by
  • Geoffrey Reeve
  • Little Voice (1998) – directed by Mark Herman
  • Curtain Call (1998) – directed by Peter Yates – aka It All Came True
  • The Cider House Rules (1999) – directed by Lasse Hallström
  • The Debtors (1999) – directed by Evi Quaid
  • Quills (2000) – directed by Philip Kaufman
  • Shiner (2000) – directed by John Irvin
  • Get Carter (2000) – directed by Stephen Kay
  • Miss Congeniality (2000) – directed by Donald Petrie
  • Last Orders (2001) – directed by Fred Schepisi
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)* – directed by Jay Roach
  • The Quiet American (2002) – directed by Phillip Noyce
  • Quicksand (2003) – directed by John Mackenzie – straight-to-video
  • The Actors (2003) – directed by Conor McPherson
  • Secondhand Lions (2003) – directed by Tim McCanlies
  • The Statement (2003) – directed by Norman Jewison
  • Around the Bend (2004) – directed by Jordan Roberts
  • Batman Begins (2005)* – directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Bewitched (2005) – directed by Nora Ephron
  • The Weather Man (2005) – directed by Gore Verbinski
  • Children of Men (2006)* – directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • The Prestige (2006) – directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Flawless (2007) – directed by Michael Radford
  • Sleuth (2007) – directed by Kenneth Branagh
  • The Dark Knight (2008)* – directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Is Anybody There? (2008) – directed by John Crowley
  • Harry Brown (2009) – directed by Daniel Barber
  • Inception (2010)* – directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)* – directed by Kelly Asbury
  • Cars 2 (2011)* – directed by John Lasseter
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – directed by Brad Peyton
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)* – directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Now You See Me (2013) – directed by Louis Leterrier
  • Mr. Morgan’s Last Love (2013) – directed by Sandra Nettelbeck
  • Stonehearst Asylum (2014) – directed by Brad Anderson
  • Interstellar (2014) – directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)* – directed by Matthew Vaughn
  • Youth (2015) – directed by Paolo Sorrentino
  • The Last Witch Hunter (2015) – directed by Breck Eisner
  • Now You See Me 2 (2016) – directed by Jon M. Chu
  • Going in Style (2017) – directed by Zach Braff
  • Dunkirk (2017)* – directed by Christopher Nolan – uncredited
  • Dear Dictator (2018) – directed by Lisa Addario & Joe Syracuse
  • Sherlock Gnomes (2018) – directed by John Stevenson
  • King of Thieves (2018) – directed by James Marsh
  • Come Away (2020) – directed by Brenda Chapman
  • Four Kids and It (2020) – directed by Andy De Emmony
  • Tenet (2020) directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Medieval (2021) – directed by Petr Jákl
  • Twist (2021) – directed by Martin Owen
  • Best Sellers (2021) – directed by Lina Roessler