Where to start here, dear Reader? Sir Maurice Micklewhite, perhaps better known as Michael Caine, has had such an illustrious life and career that it is difficult to pinpoint a good place to start.
Given that this is the Blog of Funny Names, perhaps we’ll start with the name. Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite, the son of a cook and a fish market porter. His father shared his delightful name, which young Maurice soon figured would perhaps not be the greatest draw in his chosen profession of acting. So he changed it to…Michael Scott.
After using that name for nearly a decade, he relocated to London, but his agent informed him there was already an actor there with the same name. Caine happened to be standing in Leicester Square next to a number of movie theaters, saw one of them was playing The Caine Mutiny, and picked Caine as his name on the spot. He’s often joked that had he looked the other way, his name might have been Michael One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Which isn’t bad either.
Caine quickly became a star appearing in numerous popular films in the 60’s including Zulu, the Italian Job and Alfie. Later he moved to America where his penchant for appearing in terrible, terrible movies made him as famous as his acting talent. Pictures like The Swarm, about killer bees and Jaws IV : The Revenge did some damage to his reputation in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s. To add insult to injury, he missed the Oscar ceremony where he won the trophy for Best Supporting Actor in 1986 because he was on location shooting the Jaws sequel.
However, you could say Sir Caine has a sense of humor about the film :
I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.
Sir Micklewhite has made it a bit of a trademark to frequently reference his many awful films in a self deprecating manner, and clarifying he only did them for the money. And made lots of it. These include the early Oliver Stone film The Hand, where he plays an artist whose hand is severed in a car accident. The titular hand subsequently becomes self aware and begins murdering people. It’s quite a film.
Caine lives in the lovely sounding town of Leatherhead in England with his wife of 41 years, Shakira Baksh. The story goes that they met after Caine saw her acting in a coffee commercial, got her number from a friend, called her up and ended up marrying her. I suggest the same approach to Dave for a certain lady in a Dewar’s campaign.