Sir Michael Caine (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 14 March 1933) is an English actor. Known for his distinctive Cockney accent, he has appeared in more than 130 films during a career spanning over 60 years, and is considered a British film icon. As of February 2017, the films in which he has appeared in have grossed over $7.8 billion worldwide. He is ranked at No. 20 on the list of highest-grossing box office stars.Caine made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in British films such as Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Alfie. His roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), The Last Valley (1971), Sleuth (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for Sleuth and went on to achieve some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita (1983) earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). Caine played Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). His first starring role in several years, it led to a career resurgence in the late 1990s; he received his second Golden Globe Award for his performance in Little Voice (1998) and his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules (1999). He played Nigel Powers in the 2002 parody Austin Powers in Goldmember, and Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. He appeared in several other of Nolan's films, including The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), and Tenet (2020). He also appeared in the sci-fi thriller film Children of Men (2006) and the action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). Caine, alongside Laurence Olivier, Paul Newman and Jack Nicholson, is one of only four male actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in five different decades. Caine has appeared in seven films that featured in the British Film Institute's 100 greatest British films of the 20th century. In 2000, he received a BAFTA Fellowship and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema.