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MICHAEL CAINE (Dr. Larch) has appeared in over 80 films. His most recent portrayal of the opportunistic talent manager Ray Say in the Miramax Films release "Little Voice" earned him glowing reviews and a Golden Globe award. Before joining "The Cider House Rules," Caine wrapped production on "The Debtors," starring Randy Quaid, Catherine McCormack and Jamie Kennedy, directed by Quaid's wife Evie.

Caine earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and a Golden Globe Award for his work in the romantic comedy "Educating Rita." He also received a Golden Globe for his performance in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." He won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen's "Hannah and her Sisters."

Caine was a staple of the British cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, with starring roles in many films. One of the first to earn him popular and critical attention was the 1966 feature "Alfie." His portrayal of the ribald Cockney playboy garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and the New York Critic's Prize for Best Actor. He earned a second nomination for his work in the suspenseful "Sleuth," which also starred Sir Lawrence Olivier.

Born in South London as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Caine's father was a Billingsgate Fish Market porter and his mother a charwoman. The family was poor and lived in a gas-lit, two-room flat until the Blitz forced his family to evacuate to the safety of a farm in Norfolk. After the war, they moved into London's East End. At age 12, Caine began to indulge his interest in movies and theater, frequently visiting the gallery of the famed Old Vic Theater, performing in school plays and directing productions with the youth drama club. He left school at 16, working a number of odd jobs, until the National Service brought him to Korea. After his discharge, he studied acting during the evenings and obtained his first job in the theater, as an assistant stage manager. He soon joined the Lowestoft Repertory Theater in Suffolk.

He subsequently became Michael Caine, taking his nickname as his forename and pilfering Caine from the movie "The Caine Mutiny." He moved to London and eventually won roles in numerous plays and television dramas.

The turning point in his career occurred in 1963 when he took the role of the effete, aristocratic Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in the feature film "Zulu." His performance won him critical plaudits. He next played Harry Palmer, the hip but plodding anti-hero of the spy thriller "The Ipcress File."

Other films include "Gambit," with Shirley MacLaine; "Funeral in Berlin," "Billion Dollar Brain: Hurry Sundown," directed by Otto Preminger; "Woman Times Seven" for Vittoria De Sica;" "The Wilby Conspiracy," opposite Sidney Poitier; "The Romantic Englishman" with Glenda Jackson; "The Man Who Would Be King" also starring Sean Connery, "Harry and Walter Go To New York," "California Suite" and "The Swarm"

Caine made 21 films during the 80s, including Brian de Palma's "Dressed To Kill;" John Huston's "Victory;" Oliver Stone's "The Hand;" Sidney Lumet's "Death Trap;" Stanley Donen's "Blame It On Rio;" John Frankenheimer's "The Holcroft Convention" and Alan Alda's "Sweet Liberty." He also played a harassed theater director in the comedy "Noises Off" and a singing Scrooge with Miss Piggy, Kermit and company in the musical "The Muppet Christmas Story." His last film appearance prior to "Little Voice" was in Bob Rafelson's "Blood and Wine."

He returned to television in 1986 to star in the four-hour mini-series "Jack the Ripper." Recent television credits include the telefilm "Mandela and DeKlerk" and the ABC mini-series "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," as the legendary Captain Nemo.

In 1992, he partnered with producer Martin Bregman to form the production company M&M Productions. Their first project was "Blue Ice," starring Caine and Sean Young, directed by Rus

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