Michael Caine’s acting career began at the age of 20 in Horsham, Sussex when he responded to an advertisement in The Stage for an assistant stage manager who would also perform small walk-on parts for the Horsham-based Westminster Repertory Company who were performing at the Carfax Electric Theatre. Adopting the stage name “Michael Scott”, in July 1953 he was cast as the drunkard Hindley in the Company’s production of Wuthering Heights.
He moved to the Lowestoft Repertory Company in Suffolk for a year when he was 22. It was here that he met his first wife. He has described the first nine years of his career as “really, really brutal.”

At the end of the 1950s, Michael’s agent, Josephine Burton, passed away. This meant that Michael had to find a new agent. One of the biggest movie companies in Britain at the time was Associated British Pictures, who ran their operations like an old Hollywood studio, with a rota of actors under contract. Michael went to see their Chief Casting Director, where he was told to give up acting.

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Michael Caine’s 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)

The thing about gangsters in films these days is that they’re either funny or they’re stupid. Well, I’m sorry, but I’ve never met a gangster that’s either. And I come from something of a gangster milieu. Nor have I met someone who deals out violence for violence’s sake. The violence in Get Carter (1971) was incisive, fast and over. One blow, one shot, one hit, what was necessary. No one smashed people up in a sadistic fury.

Filmography
Michael Caine Filmography
YearTitleRolesNotes
1956Panic in the ParlourSailorUncredited
1956A Hill in KoreaPrivate LockyerAlso titled Hell in Korea
1957Steel Bayonet, TheThe Steel BayonetCaineUncredited
1957How to Murder a Rich UncleGilrony
1958Woman of Mystery, AA Woman of MysteryMinor RoleUncredited
1958Carve Her Name with PrideThirsty Prisoner on TrainUncredited
1958Key, TheThe KeyBit partUncredited
1958Blind SpotJohnny Brent
1958Two-Headed Spy, TheThe Two-Headed SpyGestapo Agent
1958Passport to ShameBridegroomAlso titled Room 43
1959Danger WithinPrisoner with Pin-UpUncredited
1960Foxhole in CairoWeber
1960Bulldog Breed, TheThe Bulldog BreedSailor in Cinema FightUncredited
1961Day the Earth Caught Fire, TheThe Day the Earth Caught FireCheckpoint PolicemanUncredited
1962Solo for SparrowPaddy Mooney
1963Wrong Arm of the Law, TheThe Wrong Arm of the LawPolice Station PCUncredited
1964ZuluLt. Gonville Bromhead
1965Ipcress File, TheThe Ipcress FileHarry PalmerNominated—BAFTA Award for Best British Actor
1966AlfieAlfie ElkinsKansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best British Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1966Wrong Box, TheThe Wrong BoxMichael Finsbury
1966GambitHarry Tristan DeanNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1966Funeral in BerlinHarry Palmer
1967Hurry SundownHenry Warren
1967Woman Times SevenHandsome StrangerSegment: Show
1967Billion Dollar BrainHarry Palmer
1968DeadfallHenry Stuart Clarke
1968Magus, TheThe MagusNicholas Urfe
1969Italian Job, TheThe Italian JobCharlie Croker
1969Play DirtyCaptain Douglas
1969Battle of BritainSquadron Leader Canfield
1970Too Late the HeroPvt. Tosh Hearne
1970The Last ValleyThe Captain
1970Simon, SimonHimselfShort film
1971Get CarterJack Carter
1971KidnappedAlan Breck
1972Zee and Co.Robert Blakeley
1972PulpMickey King
1972SleuthMilo TindleEvening Standard Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1974Black Windmill, TheThe Black WindmillMaj. John Tarrant
1974Marseille Contract, TheThe Marseille ContractJohn DerayReleased in the U.S. as The Destructors
1975Wilby Conspiracy, TheThe Wilby ConspiracyJim Keogh
1975Romantic Englishwoman, TheThe Romantic EnglishwomanLewis Fielding
1975Man Who Would Be King, TheThe Man Who Would Be KingPeachy Carnehan
1976PeeperLeslie C. Tucker
1976Harry and Walter Go to New YorkAdam Worth
1976Eagle Has Landed, TheThe Eagle Has LandedCol. Kurt Steiner
1977Bridge Too Far, AA Bridge Too FarLt. Col. John Ormsby Evelyn Vandeleur
1978Silver BearsDoc Fletcher
1978Swarm, TheThe SwarmDr. Bradford Crane
1978California SuiteSidney Cochran
1979AshantiDr. David Linderby
1979Beyond the Poseidon AdventureCaptain Mike Turner
1980Dressed to KillDr Robert ElliottNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1980Island, TheThe IslandBlair MaynardNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1981Hand, TheThe HandJonathan Lansdale
1981Escape to VictoryCaptain John Colby
1982DeathtrapSidney Bruhl
1983Educating RitaDr. Frank BryantBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (tied with Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
1983Honorary Consul, TheThe Honorary ConsulCharley Fortnum, ConsulNominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1983Jigsaw Man, TheThe Jigsaw ManPhilip Kimberly
Sergei Kuzminsky
1984Blame It on RioMatthew Hollins
1985WaterGovernor Baxter Thwaites
1985Holcroft Covenant, TheThe Holcroft CovenantNoel Holcroft
1986Hannah and Her SistersElliotAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1986Sweet LibertyElliott James
1986Mona LisaMortwellNominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1986Half Moon StreetLord Sam Bulbeck
1986Whistle Blower, TheThe Whistle BlowerFrank Jones
1987Fourth Protocol, TheThe Fourth ProtocolJohn PrestonAlso executive produced
1987Jaws: The RevengeHoagie NewcombeNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1987SurrenderSean Stein
1988Without a ClueSherlock Holmes
Reginald Kincaid
1988Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsLawrence JamiesonNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1990Shock to the System, AA Shock to the SystemGraham Marshall
1990Mr. DestinyMike
Mr. Destiny
1990BullseyeSidney Lipton
Doctor Hicklar
1992Noises OffLloyd Fellowes
1992Blue IceHarry AndersAlso producer
1992Muppet Christmas Carol, TheThe Muppet Christmas CarolEbenezer Scrooge
1994On Deadly GroundMichael Jennings
1994Then There Were GiantsJoseph Stalin
1995Bullet to BeijingHarry Palmer
1996Blood and WineVictor ‘Vic’ SpanskySan Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actor Award
1996Midnight in Saint PetersburgHarry Palmer
1998Shadow RunHaskell
1998Little VoiceRay SayGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (with cast)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1999Cider House Rules, TheThe Cider House RulesDr. Wilbur LarchAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (with cast
1999The Debtors
2000QuillsDr. Royer-CollardNominated—London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2000ShinerBilly ‘Shiner’ Simpson
2000Get CarterCliff Brumby
2000Miss CongenialityVictor Melling
2001Last OrdersJackNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated—European Film Award
2002Austin Powers in GoldmemberNigel Powers
2002Quiet American, TheThe Quiet AmericanThomas FowlerBangkok International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (tied with Daniel Day-Lewis for Gangs of New York)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Seattle Film Critics Award|Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Actor
2003QuicksandJake Mellows
2003Actors, TheThe ActorsO’Malley
2003Secondhand LionsGarth
2003Statement, TheThe StatementPierre Brossard
2004Around the BendHenry Lair
2005Batman BeginsAlfred Pennyworth
2005BewitchedNigel Bigelow
2005Weather Man, TheThe Weather ManRobert Spritzel
2006Children of MenJasper
2006Prestige, TheThe PrestigeJohn CutterLondon Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007FlawlessMr. Hobbs
2007SleuthAndrew WykeRemake of Sleuth (1972)
2008Dark Knight, TheThe Dark KnightAlfred PennyworthCentral Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cast
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor
2008Is Anybody There?Clarence
2009Harry BrownHarry BrownNominated—Empire Award for Best Actor
2010InceptionProfessor Stephen MilesNominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Cameo
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011Gnomeo & JulietLord RedbrickVoice only
2011Cars 2Finn McMissile
2012Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandAlexander Anderson
2012Dark Knight Rises, TheThe Dark Knight RisesAlfred Pennyworth
2013Now You See MeArthur Tressler
2013Mr. Morgan’s Last LoveMatthew Morgan
2014Stonehearst AsylumDr. Salt
2014InterstellarProfessor Brand
2015Kingsman: The Secret ServiceArthur/Chester King
2015YouthFred Ballinger
2015The Last Witch HunterFather Dolan
2016Going in StyleJoePost-production
2016Now You See Me: The Second ActArthur TresslerPost-production

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Michael Caine & Giovanna Ralli


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