Michael Caine

Biography

Date of Birth 14 March 1933, Rotherhithe, London, England, UK Birth Name Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Mini Biography Born Maurice Micklewhite in London, Michael Caine was the son of a fish-market porter and a charlady. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War, where he saw combat. Upon his return to England he gravitated toward the theater and got a job as an assistant stage manager. He adopted the name of Caine on the advice of his agent, taking it from a marquee that advertised El motín del Caine (1954). In the years that followed he worked in more than 100 television dramas, with repertory companies throughout England and eventually in the stage hit, "The Long and the Short and the Tall." Zulú (1964), the 1964 epic retelling of a historic 19th-century battle in South Africa between British soldiers and Zulu warriors, brought Caine to international attention. Instead of being typecast as a low-ranking Cockney soldier, he played a snobbish, aristocratic officer. Although "Zulu" was a major success, it was the role of Harry Palmer in Ipcress (1965) and the title role in Alfie (1966) that made Caine a star of the first magnitude. He epitomized the new breed of actor in mid-'60s England, the working-class bloke with glasses and a down-home accent. However, after initially starring in some excellent films, particularly in the 1960s, including Ladrona por amor (1966), Funeral en Berlín (1966), Mercenarios sin gloria (1969), La batalla de Inglaterra (1969), Comando en el mar de China (1970), El último valle (1971) and especially Asesino implacable (1971), he seemed to take on roles in below-average films, simply for the money he could by then command. There were some gems amongst the dross, however. He gave a magnificent performance opposite Sean Connery in El hombre que pudo reinar (1975) and turned in a solid one as a German colonel in Ha llegado el águila (1976). Educando a Rita (1983) and Hannah y sus hermanas (1986) (for which he won his first Oscar) were highlights of the 1980s, while more recently Little Voice (1998), Las normas de la casa de la sidra (1999) (his second Oscar) and Last Orders (2001) have been widely acclaimed. Spouse Shakira Caine (8 January 1973 - present) 1 child Patricia Haines (1955 - 1958) (divorced) 1 child Trade Mark His spectacles (rare for 1960s leading actors) His cockney accent Trivia His first American accent was in the film La noche deseada (1967). He was taught the Southern drawl by Vivien Leigh, who told him to say "four door Ford" all day long for weeks. (source - "What's it all about?" Michael Caine's autobiography - 1992) 10/87: Ranked #55 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. Co-owned top London restaurant Langan's Brasserie. 1987: Awarded British Variety Club Award for Best Film Actor. He was awarded the CBE (Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire) in the 1993 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama. Owns his own film production company. Took his name from the film El motín del Caine (1954) Shared a London flat with actor Terence Stamp early in his career. He was awarded a Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the performing arts. 11/16/00: Formally knighted at Buckingham Palace under his real name of Maurice Micklewhite. He will be known professionally as Sir Michael Caine. He owns seven restaurants: six in London, one in Miami. Father, with Shakira Caine, of Natasha. Father, with the late Patricia Haines, of Dominique (aka Nikki). The production offices of Mona Lisa (1986) were located in the disused St Olave's hospital, the very hospital in which Caine was born. Has two brothers. Younger brother Stanley Caine appeared in at least three of Caine's films: El cerebro de un millón de dólares (1967), Mercenarios sin gloria (1969) and Un trabajo en Italia (1969). He did not know about his elder half-brother David until their mother died. David suffered from epilepsy and had lived in a hospital his entire life. The role of Alfie was turned down by Anthony Newley and Terence Stamp before it was offered to him. Lodged with composer John Barry in the early 1960s for a few months, after being forced to leave his own flat, penniless. He returned the favor in 1998 when agreeing to introduce the composer's Royal Albert Hall concert - his first in the UK for 25 years. "Michael Caine", a top 10 song in Britain in the mid-'80s by the group Dan Woodgate, had his "My Name Is Michael Caine" quote sampled into the song. 2001: Was voted fifth in the Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors. Starred with Donald Sutherland in a 1964 TV production of "Hamlet." Sutherland later starred in The Italian Job (2003), a re-make of Caine's film Un trabajo en Italia (1969). He and Quincy Jones were born on the same day. Lobbied for the lead role in Chacal (1973) but was rejected by director Fred Zinnemann, who felt that the character of The Jackal, who essentially is a cipher, should not be played by a movie star. Upon meeting Laurence Olivier for the first time on the set of La huella (1972), he was unsure of how to address Olivier. Olivier told him that he should be called Lord Olivier the first time, and after that, he could simply call him "Larry." Three of his memorable films (Alfie (1966), Un trabajo en Italia (1969), and Asesino implacable (1971)) have all been remade. 1987: Was not present at the Academy Awards ceremony when he won best supporting actor for Hannah y sus hermanas (1986) because he was filming Tiburón, la venganza (1987), for which he was nominated for worst supporting actor at the Razzie awards the following year. Has stated that the character of Vichy war criminal Pierre Brossard in La sentencia (2003) was his least favorite. He said that all the other characters he played in his career, whether good or evil, had a sense of humor on some level that he would try to convey in his performance. He felt that Brossard had no sense of humor whatsoever, in part because the character was such an intense man. The soundstage at Shepperton Studios, in which he filmed Batman Begins (2005), is also the one where he filmed his very first film, A Hill in Korea (1956). Is close friends with Sir Sean Connery, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Elton John and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Throughout the 1960s he was by his own estimation drinking two bottles of vodka and smoking at least eighty cigarettes a day. He quit smoking cigarettes following a stern lecture from Tony Curtis at a party in 1971, and finally quit smoking cigars shortly before his 70th birthday in 2003. Was the first person to be nominated for an acting Razzie award for more than one title. He was nominated for Worst Actor of 1980 at the very first Razzie awards for his roles in the films Vestida para matar (1980) and La isla (1980). In 1957, at Brighton University, Caine appeared in a one-act play written by a fellow actor who went by the name of David Baron. It was Baron's very first play. He later changed his name back to Harold Pinter, the name under which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. Shares a birthday with Taylor Hanson, Mercedes McNab, Kylie Tyndall and Keaton Tyndall, Quincy Jones, & Chris Klein He played Charlie Croker in Un trabajo en Italia (1969). His Austin Powers en miembro de oro (2002) co-star Seth Green appeared in the re-make The Italian Job (2003). Superstar Swedish rock band Kent refer to him in their song "Palace and Main" Near the end of Los teleñecos en cuentos de Navidad (1992), he passes by a store called "Micklewhite's." His real name is Maurice Micklewhite. Allegedly did not get along with Steven Seagal while filming En tierra peligrosa (1994). Mike Myers said that he based the character of Austin Powers partially on Caine's character in Alfie (1966). Caine would play Austin Powers father in Austin Powers en miembro de oro (2002). Visited John Wayne several times when the veteran star was dying of cancer in hospital. 1979: Left England for tax reasons, and did not return until 1987. An ardent Thatcherite during the 1980s, Caine switched his support to Tony Blair's New Labour Party shortly before the 1997 General Election. Has been nominated for an Oscar at least once in five consecutive decades (1960s-2000s). Turned down Alfred Hitchcock's Frenesí (1972). 12/18/05: Attended the party at his close friend Sir Elton John's Old Windsor mansion after the singer married David Furnish in a civil partnership ceremony. While he uses "Michael Caine" professionally, he uses his given name in his personal life. Originally had the lead role of Interferencias (1988) but was held up by production delays on Tiburón, la venganza (1987). Has appeared in the remakes of two of his films: Get Carter (2000) and La huella (2007). Alfie (1966) and La huella (1972) were both remade with Jude Law taking over his role. He is famous for the catch-phrase "Not a lot of people know that", though he never actually said it. His all-time favorite actor, his inspiration to become an actor and his hero is Humphrey Bogart. Once said that he knew he'd made it as an actor when he started getting scripts to read that no longer had coffee stains already on them (meaning that he was the first choice for that role). He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture. In an interview with "The Sunday Telegraph" on 26 April 2009, Caine admitted that he is considering becoming a tax exile again if Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown increases taxes on high earners. Chosen by GQ magazine as one of the 50 Most Stylish Men in the Past 50 Years. Confirmed in an interview with "The Mail on Sunday" newspaper on 1 November 2009 that he has dropped his support for Labour and will vote Conservative at the next General Election. Lives in Fetcham, Surrey, United Kingdom. Publicly supported Conservative Party leader David Cameron for Prime Minister in the 2010 General Election. For more than forty years, Caine's mother, Ellen Maria Burchell, paid periodic visits to a "cousin" in a mental hospital. When she died in 1989, Caine learned that the cousin was really his elder brother, David.

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Birth Name

Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr

Birth Place

Rotherhithe, London, England, UK

Birth Date

3/14/1933
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The Dark Knight

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Cars 2

Finn McMissile (voice)

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Miss Congeniality

Victor Melling

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Alexander

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Going in Style

Joe

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Secondhand Lions

Garth

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Battle of Britain

Squadron Leader Canfield

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The Eagle Has Landed

Colonel Kurt Steiner

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Dressed to Kill

Doctor Robert Elliott

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The Italian Job

Charlie Croker

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The Great Escaper

Bernard Jordan

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Sir Michael Caine - Vom Arbeiterkind zum Hollywoodstar

himself

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The Sound of 007

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Medieval

Lord Boresh

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This Is Joan Collins

Self (archive footage)

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Twist

Fagin

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Best Sellers

Harris Shaw

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Come Away

Charlie

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Tenet

Crosby

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Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind

Leslie C. Tucker (archive footage)

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Four Kids and It

Psammead

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Tom Cruise: Mann mit zwei Missionen

Self (archive footage)

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An Accidental Studio

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King Of Thieves

Brian Reader

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Sherlock Gnomes

Lord Redbrick (voice)

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Dear Dictator

General Anton Vincent

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Quincy

Self

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Dunkirk

Fortis Leader (voice) (uncredited)

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Going in Style

Joe

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My Generation

Himself

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Now You See Me 2

Arthur Tressler

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The Last Witch Hunter

Dolan 36th

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Youth

Fred Ballinger

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Arthur

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Interstellar

Professor Brand

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Stonehearst Asylum

Dr. Salt

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Now You See Me

Arthur Tressler

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Mr. Morgan's Last Love

Matthew Morgan

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The Dark Knight Rises

Alfred

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Alexander

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Cars 2

Finn McMissile (voice)

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Gnomeo & Juliet

Lord Redbrick (voice)

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Psychosis

Police Officer

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Inception

Miles

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Harry Brown

Harry Brown

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The Dark Knight

Alfred Pennyworth

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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Himself (archive footage)

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Is Anybody There?

Clarence

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Valentino: The Last Emperor

Himself

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Flawless

Mr. Hobbs

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Sleuth

Andrew

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Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden

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The Prestige

Cutter

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Children of Men

Jasper

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The Weather Man

Robert Spritzel

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Bewitched

Nigel Bigelow

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Batman Begins

Alfred

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Around the Bend

Henry Lair

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The Actors

Anthony O'Malley

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Quicksand

Jake Mellows

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The Statement

Pierre Brossard

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Secondhand Lions

Garth

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The Quiet American

Thomas Fowler

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Austin Powers in Goldmember

Nigel Powers

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Last Orders

Jack

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Shiner

Billy 'Shiner' Simpson

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Miss Congeniality

Victor Melling

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Quills

Dr. Royer-Collard

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Get Carter

Cliff Brumby

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The Cider House Rules

Dr. Wilbur Larch

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Shadow Run

Haskell

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Little Voice

Ray Say

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Curtain Call

Max Gale

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Mandela and de Klerk

F.W. de Klerk

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Captain Nemo

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Blood and Wine

Victor 'Vic' Spansky

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Midnight in St Petersburg

Harry Palmer

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Bullet to Beijing

Harry Palmer

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On Deadly Ground

Michael Jennings

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Charlie Sheen's Stunts Spectacular

Self - Award winning actor (archive footage)

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Then There Were Giants

Joseph V. Stalin

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Blue Ice

Harry Anders

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge

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Noises Off!

Lloyd Fellowes

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Mr. Destiny

Mike / Mr. Destiny

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A Shock to the System

Graham Marshall

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Bullseye!

Sidney Lipton / Doctor Hicklar

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Jekyll & Hyde

Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Lawrence Jamieson

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Without a Clue

Sherlock Holmes

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Jaws: The Revenge

Hoagie

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The Whistle Blower

Frank Jones

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The Fourth Protocol

John Preston

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Surrender

Sean Stein

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Mona Lisa

Mortwell

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Hannah and Her Sisters

Elliot

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Water

Governor Baxter Thwaites

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Half Moon Street

Lord Sam Bulbeck

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Sweet Liberty

Elliott James

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Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup

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The Holcroft Covenant

Noel Holcroft

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Terror in the Aisles

Doctor Robert Elliott (in 'Dressed to Kill') (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Jigsaw Man

Philip Kimberley / Sergei Kuzminsky

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Blame It on Rio

Matthew Hollis

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Beyond the Limit (The Honorary Consul)

Charley Fortnum

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Educating Rita

Dr. Frank Bryant

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Deathtrap

Sidney Bruhl

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Victory

The Players: England - Capt. John Colby

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The Hand

Jonathan Lansdale

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Dressed to Kill

Doctor Robert Elliott

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The Island

Blair Maynard

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Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

Captain Mike Turner

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Ashanti

Dr. David Linderby

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California Suite

Sidney Cochran

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The Swarm

Brad Crane

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Silver Bears

Doc Fletcher

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A Bridge Too Far

Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur

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The Eagle Has Landed

Colonel Kurt Steiner

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Harry and Walter Go to New York

Adam Worth

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The Man Who Would Be King

Peachy Carnehan

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The Romantic Englishwoman

Lewis

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The Wilby Conspiracy

Jim Keogh

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Peeper

Leslie C. Tucker

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The Destructors

John Deray

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The Black Windmill

Maj. John Tarrant

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Sleuth

Milo Tindle

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X, Y and Zee

Robert Blakeley

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Pulp

Mickey King

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Kidnapped

Alan Breck

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Get Carter

Jack Carter

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The Last Valley

The Captain

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Too Late The Hero

Pvt. Tosh Hearne

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Simon Simon

Michael Caine in car

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Battle of Britain

Squadron Leader Canfield

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The Italian Job

Charlie Croker

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Play Dirty

Capt. Douglas

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Deadfall

Henry

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The Magus

Nicholas Urfe

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Billion Dollar Brain

Harry Palmer

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Funeral in Berlin

Harry Palmer

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Woman Times Seven

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Hurry Sundow

Henry Warren

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Gambit

Harry Tristan Dean

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The Wrong Box

Michael Finsbury

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Alfie

Alfie

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The Ipcress File

Harry Palmer

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Zulu

Lt. Gonville Bromhead

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Hamlet at Elsinore

Horatio

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The Wrong Arm Of The Law

Bit Part (uncredited)

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Checkpoint Policeman (uncredited)

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Solo for Sparrow

Mooney

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The Bulldog Breed

Sailor in cinema fight (uncredited)

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Foxhole in Cairo

Hans Weber

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Breakout

Prisoner with Pin-Up (uncredited)

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The Two-Headed Spy

Gestapo Agent

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Carve Her Name with Pride

Thirsty Prisoner on Train (uncredited)

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The Key

Seaman (uncredited)

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Passport to Shame

Bridegroom (uncredited)

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The Steel Bayonet

German Soldier (uncredited)

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How to Murder a Rich Uncle

Gilrony

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Hell in Korea

Pvt. Lockyer

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Panic in the Parlor

Sailor (uncredited)

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Morning Departure

Teaboy (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

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