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Michael Caine

Highest Rated:   100% Alfie (1966)
Lowest Rated:   0% Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
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Birthplace:   Rotherhithe, London, England
Icon of British cool in the 1960s, leading action star in the late '70s, and knighted into official respectability in 1993, Michael Caine has enjoyed a long, varied, and enviably prolific career. Although he played a part in some notable cinematic failures, particularly during the 1980s, Caine remains one of the most established performers in the business, serving as a role model for actors and filmmakers young and old. The son of a fish-porter father and a charwoman mother, Caine's beginnings were less than glamorous. Born Maurice Micklewhite in 1943, in the squalid South London neighborhood of Bermondsey, Caine got his first taste of the world beyond when he was evacuated to the countryside during World War II. A misfit in school, the military (he served during the Korean War), and the job pool, Caine found acceptance after answering a want ad for an assistant stage manager at the Horsham Repertory Company. Already star struck thanks to incessant filmgoing, Caine naturally took to acting, even though the life of a British regional actor was one step away from abject poverty. Changing his last name from Micklewhite to Caine in tribute to one of his favorite movies, The Caine Mutiny (1954), the actor toiled in obscurity in unbilled film bits and TV walk-ons from 1956 through 1962, occasionally obtaining leads on a TV series based on the Edgar Wallace mysteries. Caine's big break occurred in 1963, when he was cast in a leading role in the epic, star-studded historical adventure film Zulu. Suddenly finding himself bearing a modicum of importance in the British film industry, the actor next played Harry Palmer, the bespectacled, iconoclastic secret agent protagonist of The Ipcress File (1965); he would go on to reprise the role in two more films, Funeral in Berlin (1966) and The Billion Dollar Brain (1967). After 12 years of obscure and unappreciated work, Caine was glibly hailed as an "overnight star," and with the success of The Ipcress Files, advanced to a new role as a major industry player. He went on to gain international fame in his next film, Alfie (1966), in which he played the title character, a gleefully cheeky, womanizing cockney lad. For his portrayal of Alfie, Caine was rewarded with a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination. One of the most popular action stars of the late '60s and early '70s, Caine had leading roles in films such as the classic 1969 action comedy The Italian Job (considered by many to be the celluloid manifestation of all that was hip in Britain at the time); Joseph L. Manckiewic's Sleuth (1972), in which he starred opposite Laurence Olivier and won his second Oscar nomination; and The Man Who Would Be King (1976), which cast him alongside Sean Connery. During the 1980s, Caine gained additional acclaim with an Oscar nomination for Educating Rita (1983) and a 1986 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Hannah and Her Sisters. He had a dastardly turn as an underworld kingpin in Neil Jordan's small but fervently praised Mona Lisa, and two years later once again proved his comic talents with the hit comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, in which he and Steve Martin starred as scheming con artists. Although Caine was no less prolific during the 1990s, his career began to falter with a series of lackluster films. Among the disappointments were Steven Seagal's environmental action flick On Deadly Ground (1994) and Blood and Wine, a 1996 thriller in which he starred with Jack Nicholson and Judy Davis. In the late '90s, Caine began to rebound, appearing in the acclaimed independent film Little Voice (1998), for which he won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a seedy talent agent. In addition, Caine -- or Sir Michael, as he was called after receiving his knighthood in 2000 -- got a new audience through his television work, starring in the 1997 miniseries Mandela and de Klerk. The actor, who was ranked 55 in Empire Magazine's 1997 Top 100 Actors of All Time list, also kept busy as the co-owner of a successful London

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Now You See Me 3
  • Arthur Tressler
2019
48% Going in Style
  • Joe
$45.1M 2017
33% Now You See Me 2
  • Arthur Tressler
$65.1M 2016
73% Youth
  • Fred Ballinger
$1.9M 2015
16% The Last Witch Hunter
  • Dolan 36th
2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Arthur
$119.5M 2015
71% Interstellar
  • Prof. Brand
$158.8M 2014
53% Stonehearst Asylum
  • Actor
2014
83% The Double
  • Executive Producer
$0.6M 2014
31% Last Love
  • Matt Morgan
2013
49% Now You See Me
  • Arthur Tressler
$117.7M 2013
87% The Dark Knight Rises
  • Alfred Pennyworth
$448.2M 2012
43% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  • Alexander
$103.9M 2012
39% Cars 2
  • Finn McMissile
$191.5M 2011
55% Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Lord Redbrick
$99.9M 2011
86% Inception
  • Miles
$292.6M 2010
64% Harry Brown
  • Harry Brown
$1.9M 2010
65% Is Anybody There?
  • Clarence
$2M 2009
94% The Dark Knight
  • Alfred
$533.4M 2008
55% Flawless
  • Mr. Hobbs
$1.2M 2008
36% Sleuth
  • Andrew Wyke
$0.3M 2007
92% Children of Men
  • Jasper
$35.1M 2006
No Score Yet OLHAR ESTRANGEIRO
  • Actor
2006
76% The Prestige
  • Cutter
$53.1M 2006
58% The Weather Man
  • Robert Spritzel
$12.5M 2005
25% Bewitched
  • Nigel Bigelow
$62.3M 2005
84% Batman Begins
  • Alfred
$204.2M 2005
28% Around the Bend
  • Henry Lair
$0.2M 2004
No Score Yet Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films--British Cinema's Legendary Studio
  • Actor
2004
24% The Statement
  • Pierre Broussard
$0.6M 2003
59% Secondhand Lions
  • Garth
$41.5M 2003
No Score Yet Los Actores
  • Anthony O'Malley
2003
87% The Quiet American
  • Thomas Fowler
2003
No Score Yet Quicksand
  • Jake Mellows
2003
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
  • Actor
2002
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Nigel Powers
$213.1M 2002
79% Last Orders
  • Jack Arthur Dodds
$2.2M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
46% Shiner
  • Billy `Shiner' Simpson
2001
42% Miss Congeniality
  • Victor Melling
2000
75% Quills
  • Dr. Royer-Collard
$4.3M 2000
12% Get Carter
  • Cliff Brumby
$14.6M 2000
No Score Yet Curtain Call
  • Max Gale
2000
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Dr. Wilbur Larch
1999
33% X, Y & Zee
  • Robert Blakeley
1999
79% Little Voice
  • Ray
1998
No Score Yet Shadow Run
  • Haskell
1998
No Score Yet 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Capt. Nemo
1997
No Score Yet Blood & Wine
  • Victor
1997
61% Blood and Wine
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Mandela and Deklerk
  • F.W. De Klerk
1997
No Score Yet Midnight in Saint Petersburg
  • Harry Palmer
1996
No Score Yet Bullet to Beijing
  • Harry Palmer
1995
No Score Yet Midnight in St. Petersburg
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet World War II
  • Actor
1994
10% On Deadly Ground
  • Michael Jennings
1994
No Score Yet World War II: When Lions Roared
  • Joseph Stalin
1994
No Score Yet Indecent Behavior
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet Blue Ice
  • Harry Anders
  • Producer
1993
59% Noises Off
  • Lloyd
1992
69% The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
1992
No Score Yet King Midas and the Golden Touch
  • Narrator
1991
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection
  • Narrator
1991
38% Mr. Destiny
  • Mike/Mr. Destiny
1990
No Score Yet Bullseye!
  • Sidney Lipton/ octor Hicklar
1990
77% A Shock to the System
  • Graham Marshall
1990
No Score Yet Jekyll & Hyde
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde
1990
No Score Yet John Huston - The Man, the Movies, the Maverick
  • Actor
1989
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Lawrence Jamieson
1988
No Score Yet Jack the Ripper
  • Frederick Abberline
1988
60% Without a Clue
  • Sherlock Holmes
1988
13% Surrender
  • Sean Stein
1987
71% The Fourth Protocol
  • Executive Producer
  • John Preston
  • Producer
1987
86% The Whistle Blower
  • The Whistle Blower
1987
0% Jaws: The Revenge
  • Hoagie Newcombe
1987
No Score Yet Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup
  • Actor
1987
97% Mona Lisa
  • Mortwell
1986
75% Sweet Liberty
  • Elliott James
1986
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Elliot
1986
60% Half Moon Street
  • Lord Bulbeck
1986
No Score Yet El Pacto Holcroft
  • Noel Holcroft
1985
No Score Yet Water
  • Governor Baxter Thwaites
1985
57% Terror in the Aisles
  • Actor
1984
9% Blame It on Rio
  • Matthew Hollis
1984
No Score Yet The Jigsaw Man
  • Philip Kimberly/Sergei Kuzminsky
1984
79% Educating Rita
  • Dr. Frank Bryant
1983
No Score Yet Beyond the Limit
  • Charley Fortnum
1983
75% Deathtrap
  • Sidney Bruhl
1982
67% Victory
  • Capt. John Colby
1981
14% The Hand
  • Ian Lansdale
1981
40% The Island
  • Blair Maynard
1980
84% Dressed to Kill
  • Doctor Robert Elliott
1980
0% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
  • Capt. Mike Turner
1979
No Score Yet Ashanti
  • Dr. David Linderby
1979
No Score Yet Escape to Athena
  • Actor
1979
55% California Suite
  • Sidney Cochran - Visitors from London
1978
No Score Yet Silver Bears
  • Doc Fletcher
1978
13% The Swarm
  • Brad Crane
1978
65% A Bridge Too Far
  • Lt. Col. Joe Vandeleur
1977
57% Harry and Walter Go to New York
  • Adam Worth
1976
86% The Eagle Has Landed
  • Colonel Steiner
1976
No Score Yet The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique)
  • Lewis
1975
No Score Yet Peeper (Fat Chance)
  • Leslie C. Tucker
1975
No Score Yet The Wilby Conspiracy
  • Jim Keogh
1975
96% The Man Who Would Be King
  • Peachy Carnehan
1975
No Score Yet The Marseille Contract (The Destructors)
  • John Deray
1974
No Score Yet The Black Windmill
  • Maj. John Tarrant
1974
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Alan Breck
1973
67% Pulp
  • Mickey King
1972
96% Sleuth
  • Milo Tindle
1972
No Score Yet The Last Valley
  • Captain
1971
90% Get Carter
  • Jack Carter
1971
73% Too Late the Hero
  • Pvt. Tosh Hearne
1970
63% Battle of Britain
  • Squadron Leader Canfield
1969
84% The Italian Job
  • Charlie Croker
1969
No Score Yet Play Dirty
  • Capt. Douglas
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet The Magus
  • Nicholas
1968
No Score Yet Deadfall
  • Henry Stuart Clarke
1968
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven
  • Young Man
1967
29% Hurry Sundown
  • Henry Warren
1967
60% Billion Dollar Brain
  • Harry Palmer
1967
No Score Yet Tonight Let's All Make Love in London
  • Actor
1967
100% Alfie
  • Alfie
1966
88% The Wrong Box
  • Michael Finsbury
1966
71% Funeral in Berlin
  • Harry Palmer
1966
No Score Yet Alfie Darling (Oh Alfie)
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Gambit
  • Harold "Harry" Dean
1965
100% The Ipcress File
  • Harry Palmer
1965
95% Zulu
  • Lt. Gonville Bromhead
1964
No Score Yet The Wrong Arm of the Law
  • Bit
1963
86% The Day the Earth Caught Fire
  • Policeman
1962
No Score Yet The Bulldog Breed
  • Sailor (uncredited)
1960
No Score Yet Carve Her Name with Pride
  • Thirsty Prisoner on Train
1958
No Score Yet The Two-Headed Spy
  • Soldier
1958
No Score Yet Room 43
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet How to Murder a Rich Uncle
  • Gilrony
1957
No Score Yet A Hill in Korea (Hell in Korea)
  • Private Lockyer
1956
No Score Yet Panic in the Parlor
  • Bit
1956
95% Hobson's Choice
  • Actor
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2015
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002

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