Born to a fish-porter father and a charwoman mother in South London, Michael Micklewhite emerged from dismal poverty to hit it big, in 1966, as a low-class Cockney lothario named Alfie and as bespectacled agent Harry Palmer in a trilogy of spy flicks. Along the way, he ditched his embarrassment of a surname in favor of the more urbane appellation of Caine as a tribute to his favorite movie, The Caine Mutiny.
Back in the early days of his career, Caine was the ultimate scrappy swinger until he curbed his penchant for booze and violence in favor of an aura of suave sophistication. He had plenty going for him as a result–marital stability, dramatic versatility–and he still remains driven to the point of workaholism. He is also surprisingly sexy behind a pair of horn-rims. Of Caine’s many pictures, The Man Who Would Be King (1975) is likely his most enterprising and enduring venture, though he managed to swipe a Golden Globe for Educating Rita, and Best Supporting Actor Oscars for Hannah and Her Sisters (1987) and The Cider House Rules (2000). (Caine has been acknowledged by the Academy for his lead work in Alfie, Sleuth, and Educating Rita.)
In his 1992 autobiography, Caine revealed that his mother concealed another son in a mental institution for forty years. Despite such fantastic but true tales of his life, Caine failed to make the The New York Times or Publishers Weekly best-seller lists.
OSCARS AND OTHER AWARDS
Won 2 best supporting actor Oscars, the first in 1987 for Hannah and Her Sisters and the second in 2000 for The Quiet American. Has also been nominated for best actor for times.
MOVIE AND TV CREDITS
|1985||Movies||Water (Handmade 1985, Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine)||as Baxter|
|1981||Movies||Escape To Victory (1981, Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone)||as Capt. John Colby - The Players: England|
|1978||Movies||Swarm, The (1978, Michael Caine, Katharine Ross)||as Brad Crane|
|1971||Movies||Kidnapped (1971, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard)||as Alan Breck|
|1969||Movies||Battle Of Britain (1969, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier)||as Squadron Leader Canfield|
|1969||Movies||Too Late the Hero (Cinerama 1969, Henry Fonda, Michael Caine)||as Pvt. Tosh Hearne|