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On this Day in Movie History, March 14, 1933: Michael Caine Born

Michael Caine
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English actor and author, Sir Michael Caine, CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite) was born on this date March 14, 1933. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films. He is one of the UK's most recognizable actors.

Making his breakthrough in the 1960s, Caine has starred in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969).

His most notable roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), Sleuth (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1978).

In the 1980s, Caine achieved some of his greatest critical success with Educating Rita (1983) earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986 he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters.

Caine is a frequent collaborator with director Christopher Nolan, having appeared in five of the filmmaker's eight films: Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. He also has a role in Nolan's upcoming movie Interstellar

Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s (the other one being Jack Nicholson; Laurence Olivier was also nominated for an acting Academy Award in five different decades, beginning in 1939 and ending in 1978).

In 2000, Caine was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema.

Other Birthdays
1918 - Dennis Patrick (Actor: The Time Travelers, Choices, The Air Up There; killed in house fire Oct 13, 2002)

1933 - Quincy Jones (Composer: film scores, TV show themes; bandleader; record producer; arranger; 25 Grammys, Grammy’s Trustees Award [1989], Grammy’s Legends Award [1990]; Musical Director for Mercury Records, then VP; established Qwest Records)

1942 - Rita Tushingham (Actress: Dr. Zhivago, A Taste of Honey, Trap)

1948 - Billy Crystal (Actor: City Slickers, Throw Mama from the Train, Soap, When Harry Met Sally)

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