Sir Michael Caine (born 14 March 1933) is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK’s most recognisable actors.
He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles 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).
1. WHEN YOU REACH THE TOP, THAT’S WHEN THE CLIMB BEGINS.
2. BOOKS WERE MY WINDOW ON THE WORLD. GROWING UP AT THE ELEPHANT AND CASTLE, WHICH WAS VERY ROUGH, MY PARADISE WAS THE LIBRARY.
3. I’M EVERY BOURGEOIS NIGHTMARE – A COCKNEY WITH INTELLIGENCE AND A MILLION DOLLARS.
4. GROWING UP, THERE WAS ONLY CLASSICAL MUSIC ON BBC RADIO. WE HAD TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN FORCES NETWORK IN GERMANY, WHICH PLAYED POP SONGS, OR THE PIRATE RADIO BOATS OFF THE COAST.
5. I FELT A TREMENDOUS SADNESS FOR MEN WHO CAN’T DEAL WITH A WOMAN OF THEIR OWN AGE.
6. I READ BOOKS LIKE MAD, BUT I AM CAREFUL TO TO LET ANYTHING I READ INFLUENCE ME.
7. A LOT OF MY BEST PARTS I’VE BEEN THE SECOND CHOICE FOR, SO YOU NEVER GET TOO EGOTISTICAL ABOUT ANYTHING.
8. THE STANDING OVATION THREW ME… TO BE HELD IN SUCH REGARD IN A TOWN SO FULL OF TALENT IS QUITE SOMETHING.