Michael Caine plays the part of 'Alfred Pennyworth' in Batman Begins


Date of birth 14th March 1933

Place of Birth Rotherhithe, London, England, UK

Birth Name Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)


Michael was born in London.  Michael is the son of a fish-market porter and a charlady.  He left school at fifteen and took a series of working-class jobs before serving with the British Army in Korea, where he saw combat.  On his return to England he got a job as an assistant stage manager.  He adopted the name of Caine on the advice of his agent.

Michael got his big break with the film Zulu in 1964 - one would have thought he would have been cast as a 'cockney' soldier, but no, he was cast as an aristocratic officer.  But it was the role of Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965) and his title role as Alfie (1966), which made Michael a star.

Michael Co-owns a top London restaurant Langan's Brasserie.  He owns seven other restaurants: six in London, one in Miami.

Was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 17 June 2000, for his contribution to the performing arts.  When formally knighted at Buckingham Palace on 16 November 2000, he was knighted under his real name of Maurice Micklewhite. He will be known professionally as Sir Michael Caine.