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My Name is Michael
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr was born
on the 14th March 1933 in Bermondsey,
London. He was to become one of Britain's
most successful and respected actors,
but it wasn't going to be easy.
was named after my father and I
was knighted in his name because
I love my father"
father was a was fish-market porter and
his mother a charlady. He left school
at fifteen and took his first job as a
meat porter. He had various working-class
jobs before serving with the British Army
in Korea, where he experienced combat.
Returning to England battle hardened and
determined to create a better life for
himself he threw his energy towards the
theatre and managed to get a job as an
assistant stage manager. He could not
afford to attend stage school, but battled
on with his ambition to be an actor.
Proud of his humble roots, he hung on
to his working class accent at a time
when, as an actor, it was considered both
unfashionable and unwise And he has never
shied away from taking on a B-list movie
role and he has never shied away from
taking on a B-list movie role.
He adopted the name of Caine on the advice
of his agent, taking it from a "Caine
In the following years, he worked on more
than 100 television dramas, with theatrical
companies throughout the UK and eventually
in "The Long and the Short and the Tail,"
as Peter O'Toole's understudy, which was
a stage hit.
By now Caine was on the right tracks...
It was the 1964 hit film "Zulu" that eventually
brought international attention to Caine.
He could of quite easily played a lowly
Cockney soldier, but he played an articulate,
aristocratic officer, something which
had a major influence on his perceived
acting ability. By now Caine was on the
right tracks, bringing a fresh breath
of wind to British cinema. He epitomized
the new breed of actor in mid-sixties
England, the working-class bloke with
glasses and a down-home accent - his next
role couldn't have been more perfect.
Starring in "Alfie" made Caine a household
name and he was having script after script
thrown at him. His carefully selected
roles in films like 'Get Carter' and 'The
Italian Job' were just as central to the
swinging sixties as The Beatles, the mini
skirt, the mini and E-Type Jags.
television re-runs of classic films like
The Italian Job and Get Carter - both
classic British movies - have elevated
Caine to near icon status'
Caine has become one of those people who
have and still continue to make an impact
on the whole country and within his whole
field of work. There are good actors,
great actors and there is Sir Michael
Caine. He is held in deep regard by today's
Broadcaster Chris Evans cites Sir Michael
Caine as a major influence. Actress Kate
Winslet calls him "a living legend".
Right up to his more recent films Caine
can get the movie world whipped up. His
Oscar winning role in 'The Cider House
Rules', caused protest due to the hard
hitting role in which he played an abortionist.
But with his knighthood Sir Michael can
reflect on his career with a great amount
of pride. He is undoubtedly one of the
best all time actors, a legend of our
Caine, who loves the heat and laid-back
feeling of Los Angeles, lives there now
with his wife Shakira and their daughter
Natasha "up in the hills with the deer
and coyotes and squirrels and rabbits
and God knows what else."
cramped flat in Urlwin Street
the 1930's Michael and his parents
moved to a two roomed flat in Urlwin
St, London. It was a cramped, uncomfortable
affair, with the two parents sharing
a room with their son, who slept
in a small bed in the corner. The
family, in common with many working
class families at the time, was
short of money. But they had no
shortage of fish, thanks to Caine's
father's job at Billingsgate Market,
expensive fish would 'fall of the
back of various lorries'. "In
this area of working class London
it was indeed rare to find any lorry
with a fully-functioning and efficient
tailgate mechanism." Caine
wrote in his autobiography.
In Caine's 1992 autobiography, 'What’s
It All About', Caine reveals less-than
fond memories of his days in South
East London. He talks of being frightened
by the 'spivs' at the Elephant and
Castle who sewed razor blades into
the brims of their trilby hats and
clearly has little romantic attachment
to the area.
Caine says in his autobiography...
elephant was not exactly a classy
district. The streets were as rough
and dangerous as it was possible
to get without anybody actually
declaring war, and even the cinema
was not without its perils"
& his family outside Buckingham
Queen knighted Michael Caine at
Buckingham Palace on Thursday 16th
November, 2000, as Sir Maurice Micklewhite.
During the ceremony with the Queen
the 67-year-old actor used his real
name, but will be known professionally
as Sir Michael Caine.
"I always kept my real name
- I'm a very private and family-orientated
person." He added: The honour
follows his second Oscar, awarded
in March, and a Bafta fellowship,
where he used his speech as a platform
for his frustrations.
told the audience that he felt like
he never really belonged in Britain
and that he was a loner and on the
outside. But Caine's knighthood
confirms he has now been embraced
as a fully-fledged member of the