He keeps on going and he doesn't blink. Even when wearing enormous glasses.
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!Sir Michael Caine
— 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 The Dark Knight Saga
. Willing to do parts for the money
, or for art
. He's an elder statesman of acting being nominated for an Academy Award
every decade since the 1960s, sharing the honor only with Jack Nicholson
. He won twice for Best Supporting Actor for Hannah And Her Sisters
(1986) and The Cider House Rules
(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:
Tropes related to this actor:
- Awesome, Dear Boy: Why he accepted roles in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and The Muppet Christmas Carol, which he says was a joy to make.
- British Accents: Has one of the most recognizable and most imitated Cockney accents in the world.
- Catch Phrase: "Not many people know that."...which is actually a bizarre case of Beam Me Up, Scotty!, as it was actually Peter Sellers doing a Caine impersonation.
- Cool Old Guy: His roles in recent films.
- Fake American: In The Cider House Rules and Secondhand Lions.
- Line-of-Sight Name: See Stage Names below.
- Long Lost Relative: 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.
- Meaningful Name: "Michael" is Hebrew for "One who resembles God". Removing the 'e' in his last name,Cain is the brother of Abel who killed his brother and became cursed by God for it. Contradictions in his name aside, Caine also means "spear", and has come to be synonymous with "chaos" and "revenge". Hmm, the God of Revenge and Chaos, who wields a spear in combat? Hey,Kratos, I think you missed one!!! Yeah, he added an 'e' to his last name to hide himself, but I found him, so got get 'em!!
- Money, Dear Boy:
"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 Academy Award for Hannah And Her Sisters.
- Of Jaws: The Revenge, 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."
- Noodle Incident: In his autobiography, Caine discussed a weekend he spent with actor Peter O'Tool. 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 that they never know.
- Stage Names: 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 (Steve Carell hadn't even been born yet). Looking around the public pay phone in Leicester Square he saw a marquee of a theater playing The Caine Mutiny, 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"!
- Star-Making Role: The title role of Alfie made him well known internationally.