Michael Caine's biggest career moments

To celebrate Sir Michael Caine's 86th birthday, we've taken a look back on his biggest career moments to date, including his most famous role as Charlie Croker in the iconic 1986 comedy 'The Italian Job' and his historic knighthood given to him by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth Il in 2000.

Sir Michael Caine
Sir Michael Caine
15 Mar 2019

Sir Michael Caine

To celebrate Sir Michael Caine's 86th birthday, we've taken a look back on his biggest career moments to date, including his most famous role as Charlie Croker in the iconic 1986 comedy 'The Italian Job' and his historic knighthood given to him by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth Il in 2000.

Caine's breakthrough role
Caine's breakthrough role
15 Mar 2019

Caine's breakthrough role

Michael's breakthrough role was the 1964 war film 'Zulu' playing Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead. The star originally auditioned to play a Cockney private however the film's director, Cy Endfield, gave the part to Michael's pal James Booth as he "looked more Cockney" than Michael did.

Caine's comedy film
Caine's comedy film
15 Mar 2019

Caine's comedy film

1969 saw Michael star in the hit comedy caper film 'The Italian Job' as Charlie Croker, the leader of a cockney criminal gang released from prison with the intention of doing a "big job". One of Michael's lines in the film: "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" was voted favourite film one-liner in a 2003 poll of movie fans.

Caine's marriage
Caine's marriage
15 Mar 2019

Caine's marriage

The actor married actress and model Shakira Baksh in January 1973. The couple – who have daughter, Natasha Haleema - met when Michael saw Shakira on a coffee advert and a friend gave him her number. He called her every day for ten days until she finally agreed to meet him.

Caine's Academy Award
Caine's Academy Award
15 Mar 2019

Caine's Academy Award

The film star won his first Academy Award for the 1986 film 'Hannah and Her Sisters'. Michael is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s, the other one being Jack Nicholson

Caine's second award
Caine's second award
15 Mar 2019

Caine's second award

The actor's second Academy win for Best Supporting Actor win came for 'Cider House Rules' in 2000. The American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name follows Homer Wells, who lives in a World War II-era Maine orphanage run by a doctor (Caine) who performs illegal abortions.

Caine's knighthood
Caine's knighthood
15 Mar 2019

Caine's knighthood

In 2000, the ‘Dark Knight’ actor was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth Il as Sir Maurice Micklewhite. At the time he said: "I was named after my father and I was knighted in his name because I love my father. I always kept my real name - I'm a very private and family-orientated person. When I go home, I leave Michael Caine the film star with the costumes, the wigs and the props in the studio."

Caine's Batman role
Caine's Batman role
15 Mar 2019

Caine's Batman role

The British star was cast as Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the first of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, 'Batman Begins'. He reprised his role as Alfred in the two sequels that followed in 2008’s ’The Dark Knight’ and again in ’The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012. At the time he said: "I was the butler in the first one, 'Batman Begins', which I thought was the best Batman ever -- and this one will be better.”

Caine's acting career
Caine's acting career
15 Mar 2019

Caine's acting career

In 2010, Caine teamed up with ‘The Dark Knight’ filmmaker again for the science fiction thriller ‘Inception’ where he portrayed Professor Stephen Miles alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. The star later credited Nolan for “restarting” his acting career. He said: “I regard him as my lucky charm because when I got to an age of about 70 and the world started closing in on me, he came to me with one Batman Begins and he restarted my acting life.”

Caine's Kingsman role
Caine's Kingsman role
15 Mar 2019

Caine's Kingsman role

The actor starred in the much-loved Matthew Vaughn directed blockbuster, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ in 2014. The film grossed $414.4 million worldwide and was such a huge success globally, that a prequel - named ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ - was made in 2017 with most of the cast reprising their roles.

Caine's latest movie
Caine's latest movie
15 Mar 2019

Caine's latest movie

Caine's latest film led an all-star cast in the British crime drama ‘King of Thieves’, which saw him take on the role of Brian Reader alongside Tom Courtenay [John Kenny Collins], Michael Gambon [Billy "The Fish" Lincoln] , Charlie Cox [Basil], Jim Broadbent [Terry Perkins] and Ray Winstone [Danny Jones]. The film was based on the famous 2015 Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary, which saw the group pose as gas repairmen, to carry out the jewel heist.

To celebrate Sir Michael Caine's 86th birthday, we've taken a look back on his biggest career moments to date, including his most famous role as Charlie Croker in the iconic 1986 comedy 'The Italian Job' and his historic knighthood given to him by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth Il in 2000.

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