While Sir Michael Caine may be regarded as a British icon in his native country, he is a cinema classic who will live on in the memories of audiences for centuries to come. Michael is a devoted husband to his wife and a loving father to his children outside of his colorful, decades-long profession as an actor.
Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite on March 14, 1933, Michael spent much of his childhood in Southwark, London, although at one time in his life was forced to migrate to North Runcton in Norfolk.
Early on, Michael had a love for performing, making his stage debut in a country school. He played the father of the ugly sisters in the well-known fairytale “Cinderella” in a school production when he was ten years old.
But before Michael rose to fame and became an icon, he was a courier and a file clerk. He started acting professionally when he was 20 years old, under the stage name Michael White. He was cast as the inebriated Hindley in a “Wuthering Heights” play.
He had to alter his name when he relocated to London to seek a profession after learning that an actor by the name of Michael White already existed. Invoking the 1954 movie “The Caine Mutiny,” he made the decision to alter his name to Michael Caine there.
He portrayed one of the privates in his first-ever film, “A Hill in Korea,” which was released in 1956.
Michael has since made appearances in a number of movies and TV shows, including, among others, “Zulu,” “The Italian Job,” “The Last Valley,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” and “Mister Charlesworth.”
After switching to his second repertory group, Michael met Patricia Haines, who would become his first wife. Seven years after being hitched in 1955, they divorced in 1962. Dominique is their only child together.
After that, it took the renowned actor a long time to find the lady he would marry and spend the rest of his life with. Later, he dated Jill St. John, Bianca Jagger, Natalie Wood, Edina Ronay, and Bianca. He has dated numerous attractive women, but he has never thought of himself as a ladies’ guy.
“I wear spectacles, but I’m not very attractive. In any case, I doubt that I am viewed as a sex symbol. On “The Dick Cavett Show,” he stated, “I don’t think a lot of women go out to watch me in movies.
He married Shakira Caine (née Baksh), a model and actress, in January 1973, and they have been together for 50 years. In the 1970s, Michael first encountered Shakira in a commercial for a well-known coffee company. He fell head over heels for her right away. He thus realized he had to gain her phone number.
“I fell in love with this woman the moment I saw her in a television commercial. In an interview with “The Jonathan Ross Show,” he said, “I simply saw her and I said, ‘That’s the woman for me,’ and I told my friend, ‘We’re going to Brazil in the morning, we’re going to find her.'”
He was shocked to learn that Shakira wasn’t Brazilian but rather Indian and that she lived close by on Fulham Road in London.
But he needed some time to persuade Shakira to meet with him. For ten days, he phoned her every day until she gave in. They have a daughter named Natasha Haleema together.
“The marketing agency gave me her phone number. She decided to come out with me and get rid of me because she was unable to get rid of me over the phone, he previously revealed in an interview with PEOPLE in 2018.
Despite the fact that Shakira is a Muslim and he is a Christian, they have successfully maintained their connection. In a 1976 cover story for PEOPLE, Michael discussed his connection with Shakira and acknowledged that the two of them were inseparable. She was the most stunning person he had ever encountered, he added.
“We never split ways. She is not just one of the most stunning individuals I have ever seen, but also the most polite and compassionate,” he stated. “I have a stunning Indian wife who makes delicious Italian cuisine. That is the best that things can get, he continued.
Michael still makes time for date evenings with his wife despite the fact that he is in his late 80s. They were seen leaving for a London pub in November 2022. Michael and Shakira are relishing their senior years together and are now proud grandparents after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in January 2023.
The well-known actor also gave his wife credit for his resolve to lead a healthy lifestyle, noting that she was instrumental in helping him lose 30 pounds.
“Without her, I would have long since passed away. I used to smoke six packs of cigarettes and drink a bottle of vodka every day,” he said to Express.