HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Michael Caine!
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite on 14 March 1933 in Rotherhithe, London.
In 1953, Caine had the stage name of 'Michael Scott' when he was cast in a stage production of Wuthering Heights but when he moved to London in 1954, he was told by his agent that there was already an actor named Michael Scott working in London.
In a telephone box in Leicester Square and talking to his agent about changing his name, he looked around for inspiration, noticing that The Caine Mutiny was being shown at the Odeon Cinema, and decided to change his name to 'Michael Caine'.
Starting his career in the 1950s, Caine has appeared in over 115 films but his breakthrough came in the 1960s with films like Zulu, The Ipcress File, Alfie and The Italian Job.
Caine was the first person to be nominated for a Razzie for more than one movie, he was nominated at the first ever Razzie awards for Worst Actor of 1980 for his work in Dressed to Kill and The Island.
In 2000, Caine was formally knighted by the Queen and from then on has been known as Sir Michael Caine.
Caine has also starred in the original versions of The Italian Job, Sleuth and Get Carter, as well as A Bridge Too Far, Dressed to Kill, Jaws: The Revenge, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Cider House Rules, Miss Congeniality, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Is Anybody There?, Harry Brown, Inception, Now You See Me and many others.
Now here are my Top 3 Michael Caine roles (if you hadn't guessed by the titles omitted from the above lists!).
THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY (2005/2008/2012)
The thing I loved most about this version of Alfred Pennyworth was that he was given a lot more depth, character and history than the previous versions.
You can feel the relationship between this Alfred and Bruce more than in the previous four films, more than likely because he's been given more of an actual story than the pervious versions were given before.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2015)
I absolutely LOVE this movie and one of the reasons is it's stellar cast. Caine, although not in it a lot, still gives a brilliant performance to an interesting character.
SECONDHAND LIONS (2003)
I can't even remember why I watched this movie in the first place but I'm very glad I did and surprised that I liked it so much.
It's a beautiful movie with heart and such a great cast, including of course Sir Michael Caine.
Next up Michael Caine can be seen in The Early Years, The Last Witch Hunter and Now You See Me: The Second Act.