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MICHAEL CAINE (Alfred) is one of the film industry's most esteemed actors, with a career spanning over half a century and encompassing more than 100 films and a myriad of acting honors. A two-time Academy Award winner, Caine won his first Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor, for his work in "Hannah and Her Sisters,” for which he also received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations. He took home his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "The Cider House Rules,” also winning a SAG Award and earning Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.

In addition, Caine has earned four Oscar nominations for Best Actor, the first coming in 1966 for his performance in the title role in "Alfie,” which also brought him a Golden Globe nomination and a New York Film Critics Award. He received his second Oscar nod, as well as a Golden Globe nomination and an Evening Standard Award, for the part of Milo Tindle in 1972's "Sleuth.” His role in "Educating Rita” earned him his third Oscar nomination, and Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. He gained his latest Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his work in 2002's "The Quiet American,” for which he also won a London Critics Circle Award. He previously won Golden Globe and London Critics Circle Awards, as well as a BAFTA Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actor for "Little Voice.”

More recently, Caine won another London Critics Circle Award for his performance in 2006's "The Prestige,” which reunited him with director Christopher Nolan following their collaboration on the 2005 blockbuster "Batman Begins.” Caine's most recent film work also includes Gore Verbinski's "The Weather Man,” Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men,” and the 2007 remake of "Sleuth,” in which he turned the tables on his 1972 role, playing Milo's adversary, Andrew.

Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite in South London in 1933, the son of a fish market porter and a charwoman. His interest in acting began at an early age and, at 16, he left school and took odd jobs for local film companies, hoping to be discovered. When he was 18, he was called to do his National Service with the Queen's Royal Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers. Upon his discharge in 1953, Caine began pursuing his acting career, taking his stage name from the title "The Caine Mutiny.” Starting out on the stage, he toured Britain in a variety of plays, and began appearing in increasingly better roles in British films and television shows.

In 1964, Caine landed his first major film role as Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in "Zulu.” The following year, he starred in the hit thriller "The Ipcress File,” earning his first BAFTA Award nomination for his portrayal of secret agent Harry Palmer. However, it was his Oscar-nominated performance in the seminal sixties film "Alfie” that catapulted Caine to international stardom. In the late 1960s, he went on to star in 11 films, including "The Ipcress File” sequels, "Funeral in Berlin” and "Billion Dollar Brain”; "Gambit,” earning a Golden Globe nomination; "Hurry Sundown”; "Woman Times Seven”; "Deadfall”; "The Magus”; "The Italian Job”; and "Battle of Britain.”

Over the following two decades, Caine starred in more than 40 films, including Robert Aldrich's "Too Late the Hero”; "X, Y and Zee,” opposite Elizabeth Taylor; "Sleuth,” with Laurence Olivier; John Huston's "The Man Who Would Be King”; "Harry and Walter Go to New York”; Richard Attenborough's "A Bridge Too Far”; the Neil Simon comedy "California Suite”; Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters,” winning his first Oscar; Brian De Palma's "Dressed to Kill”; John Huston's "Victory”; Sidney Lumet's "Deathtrap”; "Educating Rita”; Stanley Donen's "Blame It on Rio”; John Frankenheimer's "The Holcroft Covenant”; Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa”; and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

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