AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
2000 was a momentous
year for MICHAEL CAINE. Not only did he receive his second Oscar for his
performance in the film "Cider House Rules," but also Queen Elizabeth
II honored the legendary actor as a Knight Bachelor, bestowing upon him the
title of Sir Michael Caine.
His versatility as a
major international star can be seen in over 80 motion pictures. His work has
earned him numerous accolades including an Academy Award for Best Supporting
Actor for "Hannah and her Sisters;" the New York Critics' Best Actor
Award for "Alfie;" a Golden Globe Award and a British Academy Award
for "Educating Rita;" two Golden Globe Awards for "Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels" and "Little Voice;" as well as three Academy Award
nominations for "Alfie," "Sleuth" and "Educating
Some of his most recent
films are "The Quiet American," "Last Orders," "Miss
Congeniality," "Quills" and "Get Carter." Other movies
that illustrate his unique talent and range are "The Muppets Christmas
Carol," "Noises Off," "Mr. Destiny," "The Fourth
Protocol," "Mona Lisa," "Half Moon Street,"
"Deathtrap," "Dressed to Kill," "California
Suite," "A Bridge Too Far," "The Eagle Has Landed,"
"The Man Who Would Be King," "Pulp," "Funeral in
Berlin" and "Gambit," to name but a few.
Caine was born in South
London. During childhood he developed a fascination for the cinema and an
insatiable hunger for novels. He performed in school plays and even directed
dramas in a youth club. After leaving school at 16 and a stint in Korea, he
landed his first job in the theatre as an assistant stage manager. All the while
he studied acting. After several years in repertory theatre and in small parts
on television, Caine landed an understudy role to Peter O'Toole as Private
Bamforth in the London Stage hit, "The Long, The Short and The Tall."
When O'Toole dropped out of the play, Caine took over the part and toured the
country for six months, after which, his roles in television and film grew
The turning point in
his career came in 1963 when he won the role of Lt. Gonville Bromhead in Joseph
E. Levine's production, "Zulu." His supporting role stole the show
for critics and audiences alike. Next he played Harry Palmer in the sleeper hit,
"The Ipcress File." By 1966 "Alfie" catapulted him to
super-stardom with the British film critics voting the movie Best Picture of the
Year, Caine's Oscar nomination and his Award from the New York Film Critics.
In 1986 he returned to
television for the first time in over 20 years to star in the four-hour
miniseries "Jack the Ripper" which, in Britain, received the highest
rating ever for a drama.
With his partner,
producer Martin Bregman, he formed M&M Productions in order to make films in
Britain in which Caine could star or direct if he chose. Their first production
released in 1992 was "Blue Ice" costarring Sean Young and directed by
autobiography, What's It All About? Was published
by Turtle Bay Books in November 1992.
He recently completed
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