Sir Michael Caine, who’s real name is Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, turns 80 years old today, and marks over a half-century of memorable acting roles. Mr. Caine is the only actor other than Jack Nicholson to win an Oscar Nomination in every decade from 1960 to the 2000s.
According to Wikipedia, Caine starting in the 1960s with parts in movies like Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). That body of work paved the way for Get Carter (1971), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1978). In the 1980s, Caine earned major awards scoring the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for Educating Rita (1983), then in 1986 he earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in one of my favorite movies,Hannah and Her Sisters.
And while Caine has played in many more roles since then, like Nigel in Austin Powers in Goldmember, for a legion of fans below 35, Michael Caine is best known for his role as Alfred Pennyworth, the butler in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Caine Celebrated At Museum of London
To mark his 80th Birthday, the Museum of London is holding an exhibition called “London Icon.”
On Twitter, Mr. Caine said this:
I’m 80 today and so happy to bé here. Thank you for your kind wishes.
— Michael Caine (@themichaelcaine) March 14, 2013
He was also in Las Vegas on March 12th with Quincy Jones, who also turned 80.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) March 13, 2013