Michael Caine

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Born in south London, Caine has appeared in over 160 films across eight decades. He received an honorary doctorate (DLit) from Goldsmiths in 1994.

Known for his unmistakable cockney accent and his impressive oeuvre, Michael Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s, winning two. His first Academy Award was for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, and his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules, in both cases as a supporting actor.

His performance in Educating Rita in 1983 earned him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Over the course of his expansive career, Caine has been nominated for an Oscar on six different occasions. He was knighted in 2000.

In the British Film Institute's (BFI's) list of the 100 greatest British films of the 20th Century, Michael Caine appears in seven. 

He received a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 2000. In 2008, Caine was awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Showbusiness at the Variety Club Awards. In 2011, he was made a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France's culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand.

In 2012, Caine was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the London Borough of Southwark as a person of distinction and eminence of the borough.  In 2017, Caine was the recipient of the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. His Golden Plate was presented by Awards Council member Peter Jackson.

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