Michael Caine is an English Oscar-winning actor who is known for his outstanding talents, which are shown in his films. He has acted in every decade from the 1960s to the present and has a special trademark Cockney accent. In this article, you will learn more about the biography, family, and fortune of this British film legend.
Michael Caine was born on 14 March 1933 at St. Olave’s Hospital in London, the son of parents Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell) and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, who were businessmen. His birth name was Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. and he was brought up in Southwark in a Protestant manner, although his father was Catholic. Unlike his brother Stanley Micklewhite, he has a stepbrother, David William Burchell, who his mother had before she married his father Maurice. Michael attended Wilson High School and left high school when he was 16 years old to do some jobs before the Korean War in which he participated and even had a near-death experience. After the war, he got a job as the assistant stage manager in a theatre at the age of 20, and at 21 he took another job with the Lowestoft Repertoire Company. In 1954 he was inspired by the Caine film Mutiny to change his name to Michael Caine.
The first notable achievement in his career was when he had to play his Cockney accent in his role as a British officer in the film Zulu in 1964 and then in The Ipcress File in 1965, where he played the role of agent Harry Palmer. In the following years, he starred in several other movies like Alfie, The Italian Job, Dirty Rotten, and has had over 115 other film appearances in his acting career.
He was nominated for his first Oscar after playing the movie Alfie in 1966, and then for another Oscar for Sleuth. In 1983, after his role in Educating Rita, he achieved good success and was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the BAFTA for Best Actor. He received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the role he played in Hannah and her sister, and his role in Little Voice earned him a Golden Globe Award. In 2000 Caine was awarded a BAFTA scholarship and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to cinema. He is also known as one of two actors, the other being Jack Nicholson, who has been nominated for an Academy Award in every decade of his career, having received 6 nominations between the 1960s and 2000s.
Michael Caine’s Net Worth
This outstanding actor is among the top 15 best-paid top actors who are said to have starred in more than 150 films in early 2017, which have grossed around $3.8 billion at box offices worldwide. His current net worth is hereby estimated at 75 million dollars.
Wife and Daughter
Back in the Lowestoft repertoire, the actor met his first wife, Patricia Haines, and not long after that, in 1955, they got married. The couple moved to London in search of a better chance of success in their acting career, but things didn’t turn out as expected when they moved, so Michael had to take on some jobs to make ends meet. Patricia became pregnant in the middle of all this and gave birth to a girl called Dominique. The birth put more financial strain on the marriage and in 1962 the marriage ended.
In 1971 Michael discovered Shakira Baksh on television and with the help of a friend he was able to get in touch with her. Ten days after the telephone contact she agreed to a rendezvous with him and soon after moved in with Caine in England. The lovebirds married in Las Vegas in January 1973, and in July of the same year, they had a girl whom they called Natasha. Shakira Baksh is said to have been born on February 23, 1947, in British Guiana, she is currently 71 years old. As a young girl, she aspired to become a fashion designer, just like her mother but turned out to be a model and actress. She came third in the Miss World competition in 1967 and starred in the film The Man Who Would Be King with Her Husband in 1975. Although she is a Muslim and Caine, a Christian, Caine claims that her different religions are not a burden on their relationship.
The couple’s daughter, Natascha, who is currently 45 years old, has been married twice, both marriages have broken up. Her first marriage was to businessman Tim Scott in 2000, ending the same year, and the second in 2007 to a real estate developer with whom she has two children: a son and a daughter, but it also ended in divorce.
Michael Caine’s Height
The eternally talented veteran actor has a gallant height of 6 ft 2 inches, which carries his current weight of about 86 kg. For a man his age, he is doing well, and you could see that he was quite a handsome young man when he was in his prime.