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Important dates in the life of Sir Michael


1933

Sir Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in South London on 14th March, He was the son of a Billingsgate Fish Market porter.

1935

His younger brother Stanley Micklewhite was born

1936

Started school at The John Ruskin Infant’s School.

Taken to see his first movie at the age of four which set him on journey of discovery.

1940

Evacuated with Stanley to the safety of a farm in Norfolk.

1949

Left Wilsons Grammar school at the age of sixteen and half with three to four passes in the final exams. First job working for Peak Films then worked in numerous menial jobs.

1951-1953

National Service with the Queens Royal Regiment and The Royal Fusiliers. Served in Germany and Korea.

1953

Assistant Stage Manager Westminster Repertory Horsham Sussex.

1953-55

Actor Lowestoft Repertory.

1954

Married Patricia Haines.

1955

Theatre Workshop London.

1956

First acting role in a film “A Hill in Korea” with George Baker and Stanley Baker.

1957

Dominique, Michael’s first daughter was born on 14 th August

1963

Turning point in his film career when he was given the role of effete, aristocratic Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in Joseph E Levine production, “Zulu”.

1966

“Alfie” catapulted him to super-stardom playing a womanising Cockney wastrel with innocence and impudent humour. In the annual British Film critics’ poole, it was voted Best6 Picture of the Year. “Alfie” also gave him his first Academy Award nomination and the New York Critics’ Prize for Best Actor.

1973

Married Shakira Baksh. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevade, on January 8.

The birth of his second daughter “Natasha” on 15 th July.

1983

Awarded B.A.F.TA. for best Actor for “Educating Rita”

1987

Awarded Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Hannah and her Sisters”

1992

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was awarded the C.B.E.

“What’s It All About” autobiography published

1993

Acting in Film, published

2000

Knighted by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II

Awarded Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Cider House Rules”

Given a Fellowship by British Academy of Film and Television Awards

2004

A Tribute Evening by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York.