Michael Caine is one of the greatest film actors that Britain has ever produced. In a career spanning seven decades, he has appeared in over 150 films and is renowned for his affable persona. He is also renowned for his versatility and has played a wide variety of roles ranging from a fun-loving playboy to a cynical secret agent. Caine has received numerous awards and accolades in his career including a knighthood from The Queen in the year 2000. Find out more about the film icon here including his age, height, net worth, facts about his wife, kids, and what have you.
Michael Caine Bio (Age)
Michael Caine (birth name – Maurice Joseph Micklewhite) was born on the 14th of March 1933. His father’s name was Maurice while his mother’s name was Ellen Frances. He has a brother named Stanley and a maternal half-brother named David (now late). The actor spent his formative years in London and attended schools such as Hackney Downs School and Wilson’s Grammar School, Camberwell, London.
Michael Caine hailed from a poor working-class background and grew up in dangerous low-income neighborhoods. In a bid to avoid trouble on the streets, he joined the neighborhood youth club and got involved in their drama classes. He subsequently fell in love with acting and decided to pursue a career in that direction. Caine honed his skills in several club plays and upon graduation from grammar school, joined a film company as a clerk and messenger.
Michael Caine was forced to temporarily suspend his acting aspirations when he was called up for national service at the age of 19. He spent two years in overseas military service and came back to London in 1954. On returning, he joined a repertory company and landed small parts in several of their productions. Caine endured a stream of minor movies, TV, and repertory roles for the next decade but did not despair. He worked hard and his perseverance paid off in 1964 when he landed a supporting role in the popular film, Zulu. The movie propelled him to the spotlight and he soon landed leading roles in several blockbusters including The Ipcress File (1965) which made him a household name in Britain and Alfie (1966) which made him popular in Hollywood.
His Net Worth
Sir Michael Caine has a net worth of $75 million. His fortune stems from his accomplished acting career. Since his breakthrough in the 60s, Michael Caine has not rested on his oars. He has gone on to feature in numerous highly acclaimed movies such as Funeral in Berlin, The Italian Job, Sleuth, Dress to Kill, Educating Rita, Mona Lisa, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and Now You See Me. He has also received several awards including the 1987 and 2000 Oscars for best-supporting actor.
Wife and Children
Michael Caine has been married on two occasions. His first marriage was to a popular English actress, the late Patricia Haines, in 1954. They met at a theatre located in Suffolk and tied the knot on the 3rd of April 1954. The union lasted for eight years and they divorced in 1962. Caine has since acknowledged that the failure of the marriage was due to his immaturity in handling the fact that his wife was more successful than him at the time. The legendary actor got his second chance at love with a model/actress, Shakira Caine. Legend has it that he first saw her during her appearance in a TV commercial.
He was immediately struck by her beauty and resolved to find her at all costs. The actor utilized his contacts in the showbiz industry and was able to get her number. He later called her and she agreed to go a date with him after initially resisting his charms. The couple eventually commenced a relationship and tied the knot in Las Vegas in 1973. Since then, they have waxed stronger and are one of Hollywood’s golden couples. Caine’s wife often accompanies him to the red carpets, as well as shooting locations, and he has disclosed that this is to help him avoid the temptation of beautiful actresses.
With regards to children, Caine has two daughters. They are Dominique (from his first marriage) and Natasha Haleema (from his second marriage).
Michael Caine’s Height
Michael Caine is 6 feet 2 inches tall (1.88m) and weighs 190 lb (86 kg). His hair color is grey while his eye color is blue. The Alfie star is quite spritely and agile despite his advanced age. He also retains a strong work ethic and appears in movies regularly. Caine has attributed his longevity to his lifestyle and diet. He doesn’t eat any sugar or salt and doesn’t smoke as well.
Is He Dead?
Michael Caine is still very much alive and is still doing what he loves best. He continues to make regular movie appearances and has even published a few books. However, in March 2018, the veteran actor broke his ankle after falling down in his garden. The injury confined him to the wheelchair for several days including his 85th birthday celebration on the 14th of March 2018. He later made a full recovery and is back on his feet.