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->''My career is going better now than when I was younger. It used to be that I'd get the girl but not the part. Now I get the part but not the girl!''
-->-- '''Michael Caine'''

'''Sir Michael Caine''' CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite on 14 March 1933) is a British actor with over a hundred films ranging from ''{{Zulu}}'' to the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. Willing to do parts for the [[MoneyDearBoy money]], or for [[DoingItForTheArt art]]. He's an elder statesman of acting being nominated for an AcademyAward every decade since the 1960s, sharing the honor only with JackNicholson. He won twice for Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'' (1986) and ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'' (1999), and has been nominated for leading roles several times over. Often the source of imitation by many comedians because of his distinct Cockney accent.

!! The films of Michael Caine include:
* ''Film/{{Zulu}}'' (1964)
* ''Film/HarryPalmer'' series (1965-1996, including ''Film/FuneralInBerlin'')
* ''Film/{{Alfie}}'' (1966)
* ''Film/BattleOfBritain'' (1969)
* ''TheItalianJob'' (1969)
* ''Film/GetCarter'' (1971)
* ''Film/TheLastValley'' (1971)
* ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'' (1972)
* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'' (1975)
* ''Film/TheEagleHasLanded'' (1976)
* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' (1977)
* ''The Hand'' (1981)
* ''Theatre/EducatingRita'' (1983)
* ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''
* ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'' (1986)
* ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' (1987)
* ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'' (1988)
* ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' (1992)
* ''Film/GetCarter'' (2000) (remake of the 1971 film)
* ''MissCongeniality'' (2000)
* ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'' (2002)
* ''Literature/TheQuietAmerican'' (2002)
* ''Film/SecondhandLions'' (2003)
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' (2005)
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' (2008)
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' (2012)
* ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'' (2006)
* ''Film/ThePrestige'' (2006)
* ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'' (2007) (remake of the 1972 film)
* ''Film/HarryBrown'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (2010)
* ''{{Cars 2}}'' (2011)
* ''[[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth Journey 2: The Mysterious Island]]'' (2012)
* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' (2013)

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!!Tropes related to this actor:
* AwesomeDearBoy: Why he accepted roles in ''Journey 2: The Mysterious Island'' and ''The Muppet Christmas Carol'', which he says was a joy to make.
* {{Badass}}:
** As Carter in ''Film/GetCarter''
** Also in RealLife as veteran of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar.
** BadassGrandpa:
*** In "SecondhandLions"
*** In ''HarryBrown''.
*** In ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
*** It's also the reason he did ''Journey 2: The Mysterious Island'', saying that he wants to be in a film where his grandkids can brag about having a grandpa who rode a giant bee.
* BritishAccents: Has one of the most recognizable and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFIQIpC5_wY most imitated]] Cockney accents in the world.
* CatchPhrase: "Not many people know that."...which is actually a bizarre case of BeamMeUpScotty, as it was actually Creator/PeterSellers doing a Caine impersonation.
** He was actually given the line to say in ''Theatre/EducatingRita'' as an ActorAllusion.
* CoolOldGuy: His roles in recent films.
* FakeAmerican: In ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'' and ''SecondhandLions''.
* LineOfSightName: See StageNames below.
* LongLostRelative: In the early Nineties, a few years after his mother died Michael discovered that he had an older brother he knew nothing about living in an institution in London. His mother had him out of wedlock before she met Caine's father and he was suffering from epilepsy and brain damage from an injury and had to be put in a hospital. His mother visited him every week but kept him a secret until the day she died because she thought it would hurt her other son's career.
* MoneyDearBoy:
** The reason he accepted parts in many terrible films like ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' and ''Film/OnDeadlyGround''.
-->"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."
** He later admitted to regretting not leaving the set of ''Jaws: The Revenge'' to accept his AcademyAward for ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters''.
** Of ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', he once said: "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
* NoodleIncident: In his autobiography, Caine discussed a weekend he spent with actor Creator/PeterOToole. It ended with the two of them waking up in the apartment of two girls they had never met, having no recollection of the previous two days events, and discovering that they had been banned from a local restaurant. When he tried to find out what had transpired, Peter convinced him that it was probably better [[DontAsk that they]] [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow never know]].
* StageNames: Michael Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite. It got laughs in the audience when his first credit appeared on a film so he took the stage name "Michael Scott". His agent told him over the phone he had to change it again because it was already taken (Creator/SteveCarell [[HilariousInHindsight hadn't even]] [[Series/TheOfficeUS been born yet]]). Looking around the public pay phone in Leicester Square he saw a marquee of a theater playing ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', and decided to be called Michael Caine. He would joke later that if he looked the other way his name would now be "Michael 101 Dalmatians"!
* StarMakingRole: The title role of ''Film/{{Alfie}}'' made him well known internationally.
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