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Mix Up Star: MICHAEL CAINE

Updated: Oct 25, 2022


Age: 88

Birthday: 14th March


Michael Caine is an English actor. Known for his distinctive South London accent, he has appeared in more than 130 films during a career spanning over 60 years, and is considered a British film icon. He is ranked at No. 20 on the list of highest-grossing box office stars.

Caine made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in British films such as Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Alfie. His roles in the 1970s included Sleuth (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for Sleuth and went on to achieve some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita (1983) earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986 he received great acclaim for his performance in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters earning him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


Caine is also known for his performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), and for his comedic roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Miss Congeniality (2000), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and Secondhand Lions (2003). He received his second Golden Globe Award for Little Voice (1998). In 1999, he received his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a sympathetic doctor in The Cider House Rules. In 2002 he received acclaim as a conflicted British journalist in Vietnam in The Quiet American (2002) earning his sixth Academy Award nomination. Caine portrayed Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012). He appeared in several other of Nolan's films including The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014) and Tenet (2020). He also appeared in the heist thriller film Now You See Me (2013) and it's 2016 sequel.



Alongside Laurence Olivier, Paul Newman, and Jack Nicholson, Caine is one of only four male actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in five different decades.




ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 6 WIN: 2

2003 - Best Leading Actor: THE QUIET AMERICAN

2000 - WINNER: Best Supporting Actor: THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

1987 - WINNER: Best Supporting Actor: HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

1984 - Best Leading Actor: EDUCATING RITA

1973 - Best Leading Actor: SLEUTH

1967 - Best Leading Actor: ALFIE


BAFTA AWARD NOMINATIONS: 8 WIN: 1

2003 - Best Leading Actor: THE QUIET AMERICAN

2000 - Best Supporting Actor: THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

1999 - Best Supporting Actor: LITTLE VOICE

1987 - Best Supporting Actor: HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

1984 - WINNER: Best Leading Actor: EDUCATING RITA

1984 - Best Leading Actor: THE HONORARY CONSUL

1967 - Best Leading Actor: ALFIE

1965 - Best Leading Actor: THE IPCRESS FILE


GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS: 12 WIN: 3

2003 - Best Leading Actor: THE QUIET AMERICAN

2000 - Best Supporting Actor: THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

1999 - WINNER: Best Supporting Actor: LITTLE VOICE

1998 - Best Supporting TV Actor: MANDELA AND DE KLERK

1991 - Best TV Actor: JEKYLL & HYDE

1989 - WINNER: Best TV Actor: JACK THE RIPPER

1989 - Best Leading Actor: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

1987 - Best Supporting Actor: HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

1984 - WINNER: Best Leading Actor: EDUCATING RITA

1973 - Best Leading Actor: SLEUTH

1967 - Best Leading Actor: ALFIE

1967 - Best Leading Actor: GAMBIT



How do you rate Michael Caine's films?






 

WATCH MICHAEL CAINE THIS WEEK




ON TV:


Michael Caine: The Man & The Movies

Saturday 2nd October, Channel 5, 9:00pm

The story of the actor's extraordinary journey to the top of international movie stardom, featuring interviews given across his stellar career. Alongside Caine's own memories, stories and reflections, the programme includes some of his finest film work, including clips from his Academy Award-nominated performances.


FILM: Without a Clue (1988)

Saturday 2nd October, Talking Pictures TV, 10:25pm

Caine has fun as Sherlock Holmes in this comedy caper.



FILM: Four Kids and It (2020)

Sunday 3rd October, Sky Cinema Family, 5:35am

Friday 8th October, Sky Cinema Family, 6:20am & 3:20pm

An unusual role for Caine, voicing the magical creature in this Sky adaptation of the classic kids novel.



FILM: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Sunday 3rd October, ITV4, 9:45am

Caine teams up with Steve Martin for this hilarious 80s comedy about two con men battling each other.



FILM: Funeral in Berlin (1966)

Monday 4th October, TCM, 6:50pm

Caine starred as Harry Palmer a British spy in these popular 60s thrillers. This is the first sequel.


FILM: The Dark Knight (2008) (Age 12)

Tuesday 5th October, Sky Showcase, 9:45pm

Caine is excellent as Batman's butler, Alfred.


FILM: Tenet (2020) (Age 12)

Friday 8th October, Sky Cinema Hits, 10:05am

More of a cameo this time around as Caine appears in Christopher Nolan's latest twisty thriller.



FILM: The Wrong Box (1966)

Friday 8th October, Great! Movies, 4:40pm

A 60's comedy for Caine here as two elderly brothers try to win the family fortune.



FILM: Interstellar (2014)

Friday 8th October, Sky Cinema Space Week, 8:00pm

Another role in a Nolan directed masterpiece for Caine here.



ON NETFLIX...

FILMS: Now You See Me (2013) / Now You See Me 2 (2016)

ALSO ON AMAZON PRIME

Caine is amongst the ensemble cast in these crafty magician capers.



FILM: Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

ALSO ON DISNEY+

Caine provides vocals in this animated Gnome based take on Shakespeare's classic romance.



FILM: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Caine gives possibly the big screen's greatest performance as Scrooge - alongside a bunch of muppets!





What's your favourite Michael Caine performance?







 

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