2000 was a momentous year for MICHAEL
CAINE. Not only did he receive his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor
for his performance in the film The 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 two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor
for Hannah and her Sisters and The Cider House Rules; 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 four Academy Award
nominations for Alfie, Sleuth, Educating Rita and The
Some of his most recent films are Austin
Powers in Goldmember, 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 substantially.
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 ratings ever for a
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 Russell
Michael Caine's autobiography, What's
It All About?, was published by Turtle Bay Books in November 1992.
He recently completed filming in
Ireland Neil Jordan's The Actors, directed by Conor McPherson. He also
recently completed filming The Statement, which was directed by Norman
Jewison and made in France.
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