In this episode of Small Beginnings we are excited to take a look into the past of one of the most beloved character actors of today and the last century. And with over 80 years, he is more active than some of his younger colleagues. He is knows for his accent and a winner of 2 Academy Awards and 3 Golden Globes. Ladies and Gentlemen, Sir Michael Caine.
Caine was born on March 14th, 1933 as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. and grew up in modest circumstances in London. From an early age, he dreamed to be rich and famous and not end up like his father who lived a hard life and died early. After serving in the military he went into acting and worked as “Michael Caine“ after the film “The Caine Mutiny“ from 1954. At first, Caine was not very successful and it took him ten years to work his way up and through theatre and cinema. Sean Connery was one of his fellow actors trying to make a name for themselves around that time.
Finally, in the 1960s, Caine had his breakthrough with leading roles in films like “Zulu“ (1964) and “The Ipcress File“ (1965). What helped Caine’s career was a new trend of audiences in the 60s, which started to turn away from the former kind of British actors like Laurence Oliver and James Mason. Besides Caine and Connery, actors like Albert Finney Oliver Reed and Richard Harris rose to fame at that time.
After establishing a successful career he continued to go for all kinds of roles, many of which helped him be known as the character actor that he is today. In 2000, he was knighted as Knight Bachelor by Queen Elisabeth II. giving him the title Sir. That year, his official name was still Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., but this year (after 62 years of active acting under his stage name) he officially changed his name to Michael Caine and goes under the name of Sir Michael Caine today.
Besides his film work Caine is well known for his generosity and support towards charities of all kinds, for all kinds of needs. However, the majority of his support goes towards organisations that help children.
We want to wish Sir Michael Caine all the best and appreciate him for all his hard work and dedication to film and acting. What a life lived! May he have many more successful years ahead.