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10 Rare Photos of Michael Caine as a Young Actor

See the English actor in the early days of his career!

While we were sad to learn that Michael Caine was officially retiring from acting in 2023, his rest from the screen is well-deserved, as he has been showcasing his on-screen prowess since he was a young man.

Growing up in England, Caine, who was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, relocated with his family from London to Norfolk during WWII. It was there where we first dipped his toes into the acting pool.

In a WIRED Autocomplete Interview, Caine revealed that at 10 years old, he played the part of Cinderella’s ugly step-sisters’ father. The audience gave him a good laugh when they saw his fly was undone, and that reaction was all he needed to know he wanted to pursue the craft.

Caine took to acting on the stage in 1953 before hitting the big screen in 1956 in movies like Panic in the Parlor and Hell in Korea, though he had an uncredited role in a 1946 television movie, Morning Departure. By 1966, he was earning Academy Award nominations.

Michael Caine, 1965
Michael Caine, 1965Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The 70s, 80s and beyond brought Caine much success, though he is also widely recognized for his roles in blockbusters throughout the 2000s such as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

His last role prior to his retirement was in The Great Escaper (2023). In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program, he said “I’ve figured, I’ve had a picture where I’ve played the lead and had incredible reviews…What am I going to do that will beat this?” 

“The only parts I’m liable to get now are 90-year-old men. Or maybe 85,” he joked.

While Michael Caine may longer be the young actor with his fly down in the middle of a Cinderella production, his talent and iconic films carry his legacy even past his retirement.

Here, take a look at some of our favorite photos of the star as a young actor.

Michael Caine young

1964: Break time

Michael Caine, 1964
Michael Caine, 1964Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Even this famous star needs a pick-me-up! Here, the actor takes a break to sip on some tea while filming Zulu in 1964.

1964: Family time

The actor at home in 1964
The actor at home in 1964Harry Dempster/Express/Getty Images

Michael sits alongside his mother and brother in this 1964 snapshot.

1965: Close up

The actor in 1965
Caine, 1965Bettmann/Getty Images

The famed actor sports a serious look in this 1965 close up photo. Look at that smolder!

1966: Michael Caine gets comfy

Michael Caine, Vivien Merchant, Jane Asher, Julia Foster and Shelley Winters, 1966
Michael Caine, Vivien Merchant, Jane Asher, Julia Foster and Shelley Winters, 1966Archive Photos/Getty Images

Caine lounges across his Alfie co-stars.

1966: Dazzling co-stars

Michael Caine and Jane Fonda, 1966
Michael Caine and Jane Fonda, 1966Paramount/Getty Images

Michael Caine acts alongside Jane Fonda in the 1966 film, Hurry Sundown. Too much talent in one movie!

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1969: Side by side

Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport, 1969
Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport, 1969United Artists/Getty Images

The actor sits alongside Nigel Davenport in military uniforms in this shot from the film Play Dirty.

1972: The coolest of cool

The actor in 1972
Michael Caine, 1972Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images

The actor shoots pool in this scene from 1972’s Sleuth.

1972: Michael and Shakira Caine — A match made in Heaven

Michael Caine and Shakira Caine, 1972
Michael Caine and Shakira Caine, 1972CENTRAL PRESS/AFP via Getty Images

Michael poses with Shakira, who he would marry in 1973. In a 1976 interview with PEOPLE, Shakira recalled, “He was everything I didn’t expect. I had just seen him in Get Carter (1971) and he seemed so aggressive and ruthless. Instead, I found him charming and very gentle, someone whom I’d like to spend part of my life with. Michael was at that time still very much against marriage.” The happy couple have remained together since.

1975: Connery and Caine

Sean Connery and Michael Caine, 1975
Sean Connery and Michael Caine, 1975Columbia/Getty Images

Caine stands beside Sean Connery in a scene from The Man Who Would Be King.

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