the 1980s, Caine gained additional acclaim with an Oscar nomination
for Educating Rita (1983) and a 1986 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for
‘Hannah and Her Sisters’. He also appeared in the smaller
but similarly acclaimed Mona Lisa (1986), and two years later once again
proved his comic talents with the hit comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
(1988), in which he and Steve Martin starred as scheming con artists.
Although Caine was no less prolific during the 1990s, his career began
to falter with a series of lackluster films. Among the disappointments
were Steven Seagal's environmental action flick On Deadly Ground (1994)
and ‘Blood and Wine’, a 1996 thriller in which he starred
with Jack Nicholson and Judy Davis.
In the late '90s, Caine began to rebound, appearing in the acclaimed
independent film Little Voice (1998), for which he won a Golden Globe
for his portrayal of a seedy talent agent. In addition, Caine or Sir
Michael, as he was called after receiving his Knighthood in 2000 --
got a new audience through his television work, starring in the 1997
miniseries ‘Mandela and de Klerk’.
The actor, who was ranked 55 in Empire Magazine's 1997 Top 100 Actors
of All Time list, also kept busy as the co-owner of a successful London
restaurant, and enjoyed a new wave of appreciation from younger filmmakers
who praised him as the film industry's enduring model of British cool.
This appreciation was further evidenced in 2000, when Caine was honored
with a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of an abortionist,
Dr. Wilbur Larch, in the excellent film ‘The Cider House Rules’.
After starting off the new millennium with both a revitalised career
momentum and newfound popularity among fans who were too young to appreciate
his early efforts, Caine once again scored a hit with the art-house
circuit as the torturous Dr Royer-Collard in director Phillip Kaufman's
‘Quills’ (2000). Later paid homage by Hollywood icon Sylvester
Stallone when the muscle-bound actor stepped into Caine's well-worn
shoes for a remake of Get Carter (in which Caine also appeared in a
minor role) the actor would gain positive notice the following year
for his turn as a friend attempting to keep a promise in ‘Last
Orders’ (2001). As if the Get Carter remake wasn't enough to emphasize
Caine's coolness to a new generation of moviegoers, his turn as bespectacled
super-spy Austin Powers' father in Goldmember (2002) proved that even
years beyond The Italian Job Caine was still at the top of his game.
Moving seamlessly from kitsch to stirring /drama, Caine's role in 2002's
‘The Quiet American’ earned the actor not only some of the
best reviews of his later career, but another Oscar nomination as well.
Much like his peer Dame Judy Dench, Sir Michaels career has gone from
strength to strength over the last few years with some excellent material.
Alfonso Cuaróns ‘The children of men’ (2006) he playing
a aging liberal hippy in a nihilistic world alongside the wonderful
Clive Owen. In the same year he then played Cutter in Christopher Nolans
wonderful ‘The Prestige’ . He has of course been playing
Alfred Pennyworth, the butler in the Batman series taking over from
the wonderful Michael Gough who at 90 was considered too old for the
Michael also runs his own production company, M & M Productions,
with business partner Martin Bregman. He was awarded a BAFTA fellowship
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens
all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't
fathom my own heart.
it all about' 1992
films to see:
Quiet American (2002)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Educating Rita (1983)
The Italian Job (1969)