Michael Caine

Highest Rated: 100% The Ipcress File (1965)
Birthday: Mar 14, 1933
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Now You See Me 3 Arthur Tressler 2020
33% King of Thieves Actor 2019
No Score Yet An Accidental Studio Actor 2019
27% Sherlock Gnomes Actor 2018
17% Dear Dictator General Anton Vincent 2018
48% Going in Style Joe $45.1M 2017
34% Now You See Me 2 Arthur Tressler $65.1M 2016
72% Youth Fred Ballinger $1.9M 2015
17% The Last Witch Hunter Dolan 36th 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service Arthur $119.5M 2015
72% Interstellar Prof. Brand $158.8M 2014
54% Stonehearst Asylum Actor 2014
83% The Double Executive Producer $0.6M 2014
32% Last Love Matt Morgan 2013
50% Now You See Me Arthur Tressler $117.7M 2013
87% The Dark Knight Rises Alfred Pennyworth $448.2M 2012
44% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Alexander $103.9M 2012
38% Cars 2 Finn McMissile $191.5M 2011
56% Gnomeo and Juliet Lord Redbrick $99.9M 2011
86% Inception Miles $292.6M 2010
63% 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 $35.2M 2006
No Score Yet OLHAR ESTRANGEIRO Actor 2006
76% The Prestige Cutter $53.2M 2006
59% The Weather Man Robert Spritzel $12.5M 2005
24% Bewitched Nigel Bigelow $62.3M 2005
84% Batman Begins Alfred $204.2M 2005
29% 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
23% The Statement Pierre Broussard $0.6M 2003
59% Secondhand Lions Garth $41.5M 2003
No Score Yet Los Actores Anthony O'Malley 2003
86% 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
11% 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 Blue Ice Producer Harry Anders 1993
No Score Yet Indecent Behavior Producer 1993
61% Noises Off Lloyd 1992
75% 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
89% 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
72% The Fourth Protocol John Preston Producer Executive 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
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Elliot 1986
50% 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
80% Deathtrap Sidney Bruhl 1982
67% Victory Capt. John Colby 1981
13% 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
57% California Suite Sidney Cochran - Visitors from London 1978
No Score Yet Silver Bears Doc Fletcher 1978
11% The Swarm Brad Crane 1978
62% 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
96% The Man Who Would Be King Peachy Carnehan 1975
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
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
75% Pulp Mickey King 1972
96% Sleuth Milo Tindle 1972
No Score Yet The Last Valley Captain 1971
87% Get Carter Jack Carter 1971
62% Too Late the Hero Pvt. Tosh Hearne 1970
63% Battle of Britain Squadron Leader Canfield 1969
81% 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
25% Hurry Sundown Henry Warren 1967
50% Billion Dollar Brain Harry Palmer 1967
No Score Yet Tonight Let's All Make Love in London Actor 1967
96% Alfie Alfie 1966
88% The Wrong Box Michael Finsbury 1966
75% 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
75% 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
90% Hobson's Choice Actor 1953

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet 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
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  • 2003
  • 2002

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