Michael Caine

English actor (born 1933)

Sir Michael Caine CBE /kn/; (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 14 March 1933) is a retired English actor, producer, and author. Caine is known for his distinctive cockney accent and he has appeared in over 115 movies, and is regarded as a British movie icon.

Sir Michael Caine

Caine in 2015
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Jr.

(1933-03-14) 14 March 1933 (age 91)
Occupation(s)Actor, Producer, Author
Years active1950–2023
Political partyConservative
Patricia Haines
(m. 1955; div. 1962)

Shakira Baksh
(m. 1973)
Parent(s)Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
Ellen Maria Burchell
RelativesStanley Caine (brother, dead)
David Burchell
(half-brother, dead)



His early role in Alfie (1966) earned him an Academy Award nomination. He also starred in The Italian Job (1969) and Battle of Britain (1969).[1]

His roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), The Last Valley (1971), Sleuth (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and A Bridge Too Far (1977).[2]

In 1986, he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters.[3]

Caine played Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). In 1999, he won a second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules.[4]

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.[5] He appeared in several other of Nolan's movies, including The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014).[6]

He also appeared in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men and Matthew Vaughn's action comedy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.[7]

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.[8]

Personal life


Caine was married to Patricia Haines from 1955 until they divorced in 1962. He later married Shakira Baksh in 1973. Caine has two children. He supports the Conservative Party and voted for Brexit.[9][10]

In July 2016, Caine legally changed his name from Maurice Joseph Micklewhite to Michael Caine in order to make security checks at airports easier. "[A security guard] would say, 'Hi Michael Caine,' and suddenly I'd be giving him a passport with a different name on it. I could stand there for an hour. So I changed my name."[11]

Selected awards


Caine won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules.[12]

He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Educating Rita.[13]

He won the following Golden Globe Awards:[14]


  1. "Classic film of the week: The Ipcress File (1965)". The Times. Retrieved 17 June 2022. Michael Caine is the epitome of Sixties cool in his first outing as the secret agent Harry Palmer. His cockney smarts, his horn-rimmed glasses
  2. Caine, Michael (2011). The Elephant to Hollywood. New York City: Henry Holt & Co. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-8050-9390-2.
  3. Thomas, Bob (30 April 1987). "Three-time loser Caine becomes Oscar winner". Kentucky New Era. Associated Press. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  4. "Sir Michael Caine collects top French honour". BBC. Retrieved 14 July 2012
  5. Krol, Charlotte (13 March 2020). "Michael Caine says Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' trilogy was "one of the greatest things I have done in my life"". NME. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  6. "Michael Caine Biography (1933– )". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  7. "Mark Millar". Twitter.
  8. Michael Caine: A Life Large Enough For An Encore
  9. Clarke, Donald. "Michael Caine: Still willing to blow the bloody doors off". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  10. "Sir Michael Caine reveals he voted for Brexit because he 'would rather be a poor master than a rich servant'". www.telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 January 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  11. Chan, Rosalie (21 July 2016). "Michael Caine Has Changed His Name". Time. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  12. "72nd Academy Awards". Oscars.org. Retrieved July 31, 2023.
  13. 100 BAFTA Moments - Sir Michael Caine Receives his First BAFTA Nomination
  14. Michael Caine

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