Michael Caine

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Michael Caine

Born

3/14/1933, St. Olave's Hospital, Rotherhithe, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Sir Michael Caine
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Biography

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Michael was born in Rotherhithe in 1933, to Maurice Joseph Micklewhite (a fish market porter) and Ellen Frances Marie (a cook and cleaner). He had a brother Stanley, born in 1936. His father passed away in 1957 (cancer) and When his mother passed away in 1989 (cancer), he…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Michael is an Advisory Board Member for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund charitable organisation.

    • Michael only learned to drive when he was 50, but still prefers to be chauffeur driven, as he hates spending time looking for parking places.

    • Michael decided to return to live in the UK in July 2008. He had relocated to LA at the end of the 1970s to advance his movie career (and for tax reasons), but he decided to return home for the changing seasons.

    • Michael claims that the secret to a long happy marriage is to always have separate bathrooms - even going so far as to book two hotel rooms to provide them while travelling.

    • Michael has been nominated for three SAG awards. In 1999 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Little Voice. In 2000 he won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for The Cider House Rules.

    • Michael has been nominated for 12 Golden Globes and won three. He won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical in 1984 for Educating Rita. He won Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV in 1989 for Jack the Ripper. He won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical in 1999 for Little Voice.

    • Michael has been nominated for three Emmys. In 1990 he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Jekyll and Hyde. In 1994 he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
      for World War 2: When The Lions Roared. In 1997 he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Mandela and de Klerk.

    • At the 10th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Michael was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2007.

    • Michael was nominated for two Worst Actor awards at the 1980 Razzie awards for his roles in the films Dressed to Kill (1980) and The Island (1980).

    • He has received an Oscar nomination at least once in five consecutive decades (1960s-2000s).

    • He co-owns the restaurant, Langan's Brasserie in London England.

    • Michael uses 'Michael Caine' when working, but sticks to his birth name, Maurice Micklewhite when not. An example of this was when he received his Knighthood - he became Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr - mainly because he knew it would make his mother happy.

    • Academy Awards

      Best Actor in a Leading Role for Alfie (1967) (Nomination).
      Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sleuth (1972) (Nomination).
      Best Actor in a Leading Role for Educating Rita (1983) (Nomination).
      Best Supporting Actor for Hannah and her Sisters (1987) (Won).
      Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules (2000) (Won).
      Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Quiet American (2003) (Nomination).

    • Michael came into the public eye as an upper-class British army officer in the film, Zulu (1964).

    • When he first became an actor, Michael chose the stage name "Michael Scott".

    • Michael took his name from the film The Caine Mutiny (1954).

    • Michael was voted fifth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of the greatest British actors.

    • Three of Michael's memorable films, Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), and Get Carter (1971), have all been remade.

    • Michael is close friends with Sir Sean Connery, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Elton John and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    • Superstar Swedish rock band Kent refer to Michael in their song "Palace and Main".

  • Quotes

    • (on why the 60s were better than the 70s)
      Michael: That's why the '60s were so successful. Because with booze you're all out together, drinking. What screwed up the '70s was drugs, because you had to stay at home and take the bloody drugs and you couldn't go out or you got busted by the police. The '60s got finished around 1975 when everybody was high as a kite and couldn't go out. Couldn't find their bloody shoes if they wanted to go out. You don't go out and take drugs.

    • (on why he doesn't do his own stunts anymore)
      Michael: I'm 75-years-old. I have done all those years of doing stunts. Nowadays, I try to avoid danger at all costs. I served in the occupation force in Berlin in 1951 and then the Korean war for one year. I got out as quick as I could. Ex-soldiers never do dangerous things because you have used up all your luck.

    • (on what it is to be British)
      Michael: I think what is British about me is my feelings and awareness of others and their situations. English people are always known to be well mannered and cold but we are not cold - we don't interfere in your situation. If we are heartbroken, we don't scream in your face with tears - we go home and cry on our own. It's completely to do with your comfort - we don't intrude on your space. That's very English.

    • Michael: Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.

    • Michael: My view is that you should always do remakes of failures. Then you've got nowhere to go but up, you know? They can't say, "Well, it's not as good as the original", you made a piece of crap. They'd just say, "What a piece of crap that was" anyway.

    • Michael: First of all, I choose the great [roles], and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.

    • Michael: Movie acting is about covering the machinery. Stage acting is about exposing the machinery. In cinema, you should think the actor is playing himself, if he's that good. It looks very easy. It should. But it's not, I assure you. To disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I've tried it 85 times, and I've succeeded two or three times.

    • Michael: I used to get the girl; now I get the part. In 'The Quiet American' you may have noticed I got the part and the girl. It's a milestone for me, because it's the last time I'm going to get the girl. I'm sure of it, now I'm nearly 70.

    • Michael: I am in so many movies that are on TV at 2:00 a.m. that people think I am dead.

    • Michael: I've never been out with a married woman, never. I respect others' properties.

    • Michael: My most useful acting tip came from my pal John Wayne. Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • He is one of the most gifted actors of our time.

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    He is a very talented actor. Micheal Caine is one of the best actors to live on this world. The Golden Globes and Academy Awards that he was nominated for and won prove that statement. I like the way he is able to go from serious movies to comedy movies without any problems. No matter what his role is, he is able to perform it with an artistic, realistic, and classic style. There is never a part of his acting that seems fake. He is a one of a kind actor. I wish him many more years of life and his acting career.moreless
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