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His first American accent was in the film Hurry Sundown (1967). He was taught the Southern drawl by Vivien Leigh, who told him to say "four door Ford" all day long for weeks. (source - "What's it all about?" Michael Caine's autobiography - 1992)

Ranked #55 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1987]

Co-owned top London restaurant Langan's Brasserie.

1987: Awarded British Variety Club Award for Best Film Actor.

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

Owns his own film production company.

Took his name from the film The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Shared a London flat with actor Terence Stamp early in his career.

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the performing arts.

On November 16, 2000, he was formally knighted at Buckingham Palace under his birth name of Maurice Micklewhite. Professionally, he became Sir Michael Caine.

He owns seven restaurants: six in London, one in Miami.

Father, with Shakira Caine, of Natasha.

Father, with the late Patricia Haines, of Dominique (aka Nikki).

The production offices of Mona Lisa (1986) were located in the disused St. Olave's hospital, the very hospital in which Caine was born.

His younger brother, Stanley Caine, appeared in Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Play Dirty (1969), and The Italian Job (1969). He didn't know about his older half-brother, David, until their mother died. David suffered from epilepsy and spent his life in a hospital.

The title role in Alfie (1966) was turned down by Anthony Newley and Terence Stamp before it was offered to him.

Lodged with composer John Barry in the early 1960s for several months, after being forced to leave his own flat, penniless. He returned the favor in 1998 when agreeing to introduce the composer's Royal Albert Hall concert - his first in the United Kingdom for 25 years.

"Michael Caine", a top 10 song in Britain in the mid-1980s by the new wave group Madness, had his "My Name is Michael Caine" quote sampled into the song.

2001: Was voted fifth in the Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.

Lobbied for the lead role in The Day of the Jackal (1973) but was rejected by director Fred Zinnemann, who felt that the character of The Jackal, who essentially is a cipher, should not be played by a movie star.

Four of his memorable films (Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), Get Carter (1971) and Sleuth (1972)) have all been remade.

1987: Was not present at the Academy Awards ceremony when he won best supporting actor for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) because he was filming Jaws: The Revenge (1987), for which he was nominated for worst supporting actor at the Razzie awards the following year.

Has stated that the character of Vichy war criminal Pierre Brossard in The Statement (2003) was his least favorite. He said that all the other characters he played in his career, whether good or evil, had a sense of humor on some level that he would try to convey in his performance. He felt that Brossard had no sense of humor whatsoever, in part because the character was such an intense man.

The soundstage at Shepperton Studios, in which he filmed Batman Begins (2005), is also the one where he filmed his very first film, Hell in Korea (1956).

Close friends with Sir Sean Connery, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Elton John and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Throughout the 1960s, he was by his own estimation drinking two bottles of vodka and smoking at least eighty cigarettes a day. He quit smoking cigarettes following a stern lecture from Tony Curtis at a party in 1971, and finally quit smoking cigars shortly before his 70th birthday in 2003.

Was the first person to be nominated for an acting Razzie award for more than one title. He was nominated for Worst Actor of 1980 at the very first Razzie awards for his roles in the films Dressed to Kill (1980) and The Island (1980).

In 1957, at Brighton University, Caine appeared in a one-act play written by a fellow actor who went by the name of David Baron. It was Baron's very first play. He later changed his name back to Harold Pinter, the name under which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.

Superstar Swedish rock band Kent refer to him in their song "Palace and Main".

Near the end of The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), he passes by a store called "Micklewhite's". His real name is Maurice Micklewhite.

It was rumoured that he did not get along with Steven Seagal while filming On Deadly Ground (1994). He has stated that while they got on fine, but he hated filming in Alaska, even joking that "On Deadly Ground" was an apt title.

Mike Myers said that he based the character of Austin Powers partially on Caine's character in Alfie (1966). Caine would play Austin Powers father in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Visited John Wayne several times when the veteran star was dying of cancer in hospital.

Caine has been very open about his political views. He left the United Kingdom in 1979 for tax reasons and did not return until 1987 when Margaret Thatcher had cut the top rate of income tax. An ardent Thatcherite during the 1980s, Caine switched his support to Tony Blair's New Labour Party shortly before the 1997 General Election. In an interview with "The Sunday Telegraph" on 26 April 2009, Caine admitted that he was considering becoming a tax exile again if Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown increased taxes on high earners. He confirmed in an interview with "The Mail on Sunday" newspaper on 1 November 2009 that he had dropped his support for Labour and would vote Conservative at the next General Election. He publicly supported Conservative Party leader David Cameron for Prime Minister in the 2010 General Election. In January 2016, he also publicly called for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Has been nominated for an Oscar at least once in five consecutive decades (1960s-2000s).

Turned down the role of Robert Rusk in Alfred Hitchcock's crime thriller Frenzy (1972). He thought the character was disgusting and said "I don't want to be associated with the part." After Caine declined the role he later mentioned in his memoirs how Hitchcock completely ignored him when they met in a hotel a few years later.

12/18/05: Attended the party at his close friend Sir Elton John's Old Windsor mansion after the singer married David Furnish in a civil partnership ceremony.

He legally changed his name to Michael Caine in 2016. He said in an interview that he'd had too many problems travelling with a passport that didn't match his stage name.

He is a fan of chill-out music and released a compilation CD called Cained in 2007 on the UMTV record label. He met Elton John and was discussing musical tastes, when Caine said that he had been creating chillout mix tapes as an amateur for years.

Has appeared in the remakes of two of his films: Get Carter (2000) and Sleuth (2007).

Alfie (1966) and Sleuth (1972) were both remade with Jude Law taking over his role.

He is famous for the catch-phrase "Not a lot of people know that", though he never actually said it. The phrase was probably first said by Peter Sellers when he appeared Parkinson (1971) on 28 October 1972 and said: "Not many people know that. This is my Michael Caine impression. You see, Mike's always quoting from the Guinness Book of Records. At the drop of a hat he'll trot one out. 'Did you know that it takes a man in a tweed suit five and a half seconds to fall from the top of Big Ben to the ground?' Now there's not many people who know that!".

His all-time favorite actor, his inspiration to become an actor and his hero is Humphrey Bogart.

Once said that he knew he'd made it as an actor when he started getting scripts to read that no longer had coffee stains already on them (meaning that he was the first choice for that role).

He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.

Chosen by GQ magazine as one of the 50 Most Stylish Men in the Past 50 Years.

Lives in Leatherhead, Surrey, and is a patron to the Leatherhead Drama Festival.

For more than forty years, Caine's mother, Ellen Maria Burchell, paid periodic visits to a "cousin" in a mental hospital. When she died in 1989, Caine learned that the cousin was really his elder brother, David.

Is a supporter of Chelsea FC (English soccer team).

Educating Rita (1983) is his favourite film of his own, and the performance he's the most proud of.

Stated that for years he hated the smell of garlic as he associated it with his service in the Korean War where North Korean and Chinese troops would munch it as a snack. He eventually overcame his dislike upon becoming a restauranteur.

Claims that his trick to being able to cry on cue is thinking about a painful childhood memory.

His favorite film is The Third Man (1949).

As of 2013, he has three grandchildren, a granddaughter and two grandsons.

Visiting the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, England. [June 2010]

Caine and fellow Brit Michael Gough, who both played Alfred Pennyworth in "Batman" movies, have also both had roles in different productions of "A Christmas Carol" (Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Gough as Mr. Poole in A Christmas Carol (1984) with George C. Scott).

As of 2018, has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Alfie (1966), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Cider House Rules (1999), Inception (2010) and Dunkirk (2017). He was nominated for his performances in the first three of these and won Best Supporting Actor for Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules. In Dunkirk, he voices the unseen RAF Squad Leader.

Of the six performers who have won Oscars for performances in films directed by Woody Allen, he is the only man. The others are Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest (twice), Mira Sorvino, Penélope Cruz and Cate Blanchett.

In every film where Caine and Christopher Nolan make a collaboration, Caine's character either assists, guides, trains or educates the protagonist of each film. In The Prestige (2006), Caine portrays a magician who teaches the main character the art of illusion. For 'The Dark Knight trilogy', Caine plays a butler to the Wayne family, where he supports, nurtures and loves the main character Bruce Wayne (Batman). During Inception (2010), Caine depicts the father-in-law of the main protagonist, Cobb, and aids him in recruiting one of his students. In Interstellar (2014), Caine portrays a professor/engineer, who invites and encourages the central character, Cooper, to lead an important space mission that will determine the future of planet earth.

Has appeared in four films with Laurence Olivier: Battle of Britain (1969), Sleuth (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and The Jigsaw Man (1983).

Has two roles in common with Jude Law: (1) Caine played Alfie Elkins in Alfie (1966) while Law played him in Alfie (2004) and (2) Caine played Milo Tindle in Sleuth (1972) while Law played him in Sleuth (2007), in which Caine played Andrew Wyke.

Attended the wedding of media mogul Rupert Murdoch to former model Jerry Hall on March 4, 2016.

He was considered for the role of Mark Wallace in Two for the Road (1967), which went to Albert Finney.

He revealed in his autobiography that he that he also read for Doctor Yuri Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago (1965) and participated in the screen shots with Julie Christie, but (after watching the results with David Lean) was the one who suggested Omar Sharif.

He turned down the role of Colonel Colin Caine in the horror film Lifeforce (1985), which went to Peter Firth.

He turned down the role of John L. Sullivan IV in Switching Channels (1988) in order to be in Jaws: The Revenge (1987). The role went to Burt Reynolds.

He tried out for the role of Lieutenant Scott-Padget in Damn the Defiant! (1962), which went to Dirk Bogarde.

He was considered for Sean Connery's roles in Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986) and The Avengers (1998).

He turned down both of the male leads in Women in Love (1969) because he refused to do any nudity. The roles went to Alan Bates and Oliver Reed.

Before he became famous as a film star, he turned down the role of PC Bob Steele in the BBC's police drama series Z Cars (1962) because he did not want to be typecast in a popular television program. The role was taken by Jeremy Kemp.

He was going to star in The Dresser (1983) with Orson Welles in the early 1980s. His role went to Tom Courtenay.

He turned down the role of Jolly in Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) in order to star in Educating Rita (1983). The role went to James Caan.

He was originally cast as Private Wilkes in Guns at Batasi (1964). John Leyton replaced him.

He is a fan cricket. This was alluded to by Gary Oldman, who acted with Caine in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), when he talks about Caine's acting methods: "It's, 'Take one'. He got it. 'Take two', got it. 'Take three', got it. He's just on the money... He doesn't fuck around because he wants to get back to cricket.".

He was considered for the title role in Sebastian (1968), which went to Dirk Bogarde.

He turned down the role of Maurice Castle in The Human Factor (1979), which went to Nicol Williamson.

He was considered to star opposite Sean Connery in Saturn 3 (1980). The roles went to Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel.

He turned down the role of Patrick Dalton in Six Weeks (1982), which went to Dudley Moore.

He turned down the role of Colonel John Stewart in Khartoum (1966), which went to Richard Johnson.

He was considered for the title role in Fellini's Casanova (1976), which went to Donald Sutherland.

He was considered for the lead role in Tootsie (1982), which went to Dustin Hoffman.

He turned down the role of Staff Sergeant Williams in The Hill (1965) in order to star in Alfie (1966). The role went to Ian Hendry.

He was considered for the role of Josiah Samuel Smith in Doctor Who: Ghost Light: Part One (1989). The role went to Ian Hogg.

He turned down the role of Captain Edward J. Smith in Titanic (1997), which went to Bernard Hill.

He was considered for the role of Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which went to David Kelly.

He was the first choice for the role of Marvin in City of Ghosts (2002), which went to James Caan.

He was considered for the role of Ben du Toit in A Dry White Season (1989), which went to Donald Sutherland.

He was considered for the role of Bart in Unleashed (2005), which went to Bob Hoskins.

He was considered to play C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands (1993), which went to Anthony Hopkins.

He was offered the role of Arthur Seldom in The Oxford Murders (2008), which went to John Hurt.

He claimed that the worst films he ever made were The Magus (1968), The Swarm (1978) and Ashanti (1979).

He turned down the role of David Dilbeck in Striptease (1996), which went to Burt Reynolds.

In 2009, he praised Christoph Waltz's performance as Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009), saying that it was the "best performance of a villain" he has seen in years.

Though he had been considered for, but never appeared in a Bond movie, Caine was the very first person to hear the completed film score for Goldfinger (1964). After he and roommate Terence Stamp were both ejected from their apartment, Caine asked composer friend John Barry if he could use the spare bedroom at Barry's London residence. As they were good friends, Barry agreed and so for several months Caine crashed with Barry and was there the sleepless night he completed his iconic score. At breakfast the following morning, Barry played his composition for Caine, the first time he had performed it for anybody.

When he was still a struggling actor, Caine shared a London flat with future hairstylist-guru Vidal Sassoon.

Although often listed as 6' 2", Caine himself gave his height as 6' 1" in his autobiography "What's It All About?" (1992).

Acting mentor and friends with Julie Walters.

Ranked 10th highest grossing actor of all time with his previous films grossing $3.2 billion [2016].

In 2016, at age 83, he finally changed his legal name from Maurice Micklewhite to Michael Caine. He said this was because he was fed up being delayed in airport security by staff who did not understand why the name on his passport did not match the person they recognised.

Following the launch of Harry Brown (2009), Caine called for the reintroduction of national service in the UK to give young people "a sense of belonging rather than a sense of violence".

He turned down Richard Burton's role in Where Eagles Dare (1968).

He was offered the main guest role in The Simpsons: Homer and Apu (1994), the joke being that his propensity for appearing in anything also included working in the Kwik-E-Mart. He turned it down and the role went to James Woods.

Born on the same date as Motown CEO and recording magnate Quincy Jones.

Dated Natalie Wood from December 1965 to February 1966. They remained friendly and later made a movie together: Peeper (1975).

His stated belief that actors shouldn't blink on screen was dismissed as "old-fashioned bullshit" by the director Mike Leigh during an interview on Breakfast (2000) in 2018.

He first saw Shakira Caine (then Shakira Baksh) in a Maxwell House coffee commercial, directed by a then-unknown Ridley Scott. Caine became obsessed with her, calling her "the most beautiful woman he had ever seen". He desperately tried to meet her, even planning a trip to Brazil. A friend of his said that she was living in London, and gave him her phone number. Caine and Baksh married in 1973.

He was first seen on a horse crossing a river but it was a local horse which got frightened when the sun glinted on the camera and threw Michael into the river. With him having to get dried and changed to save time one of the prop men donned his cloak and helmet and it's him in the opening shot.

Has a photographic memory.

Says that of the films he's made he thinks he was good in 'Educating Rita', 'Alfie', 'The Man Who Would be King', 'Zulu', 'Sleuth', 'Last Valley', and 'Honorary Consul'.

When he tested for 'Zulu' Cy Enfield told him that it was the worst test he'd ever seen but as they were stuck for a suitable actor he still got the part.

Was a wartime refugee spending 6 years in North Runcorn, Cheshire where he attended the village school.

In an interview on BBC's The One Show on 29th May 2019 he said he won a Best Actor Award for his performance in the 1961 television play 'The Compartment'.

Made his first screen appearance in a Watneys beer commercial in 1959.

Born on the same date as recording magnate Quincy Jones.

His name is a homonym for Michael Kane.