LEGEND: JAMES DEAN

Very few young actors in Hollywood history have been able to reach the legendary status of James Dean. The rebellious actor only starred in three films during his short career, but the impression he made on brooding teenage audiences was unmatched. His sensitive bad boy image has captivated both men and women for decades. In fact, over 60 years have passed since his tragic death, and yet he is still remembered as one of the greats, a cultural icon for the troubled and disillusioned.

James Dean’s life was short and stormy. The image above is reputed to be the last official photo taken of the actor, taken on the day of his death. In it, he sits in the driver seat of his Porsche 550 Spyder with friend and mechanic Rolf Wutherich. We’ve rounded up a few facts about the enigmatic star, so read on to discover 22 things you didn’t know about James Dean.

1. James Byron Dean was born on February 8, 1931.

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2. He was only 24 years old when he died in a car accident in 1955.

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3. James Dean’s parents were of mostly English ancestry, with smaller amounts of Scottish, German, Irish and Welsh.

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4. His mother enrolled him in tap dance lessons at the age of three, and she also taught him to play the violin.

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5. Dean was very close to his mother, and she was the only person capable of understanding him. She died of cancer when he was 9 years old.

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6. After his mother died, he was sent to Indiana to live on his aunt and uncle’s farm.

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7. He rarely talked to his father.

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8. Dean’s performance in school was exceptional, and he was a popular student.

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9. He played baseball and basketball in his early days.

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10. Dean’s first television appearance was in a Pepsi Cola television commercial.

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11. He quit college to act full-time.

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12. In New York City, Dean worked as a stunt tester for the game show Beat The Clock, but was fired for performing the tasks too quickly.

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13. For a time, Dean dated Liz Sheridan, an actor who later become well-known for her role as Helen Seinfeld, Jerry’s mother on “Seinfeld” .

14. In 1954, Dean became interested in developing a car racing career.
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15. One of Dean’s favorite instruments to play was the bongo drums.

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16. He had a difficult time reading.

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17. When he wasn’t acting or racing cars, Dean liked to practice magic tricks.

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18. Dean was extremely near-sighted and could barely see without his glasses.

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19. Dean died less than one month before the release of his most well-known and iconic film “Rebel Without a Cause”.

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20. He got a speeding ticket two hours before his death.

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21. He was the first actor to ever get a posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history. He was nominated for Best Actor for his role in “East of Eden”.

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22. He later received his second posthumous Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in “Giant”.

MANPEDIA CENTREFOLD: SCARLETT JOHANSSON

Scarlett Johansson, (born November 22, 1984, New York City, New York, U.S.), American actress and singer whose actingrange earned her popular acclaim in a variety of genres, from period drama to thriller and action adventure.

Johansson, daughter of an architect and a producer, was raised in New York City. She and her twin brother, Hunter, were the youngest of four siblings. She developed an interest in acting at a young age, auditioning for commercials by age seven. Soon after, she enrolled at the Lee StrasbergTheatre Institute and later attended the Professional Children’s School in Manhattanto further hone her craft. At age eight she appeared alongside Ethan Hawke in the Off-Broadway production Sophistry, and at nine she made her film debut in Rob Reiner’s North (1994). Johansson subsequently appeared in Just Cause (1995), but her first breakthrough came with Manny & Lo (1996), a coming-of-age film about orphaned sisters who run away. She next earned critical acclaim for her role as a teenager who has suffered a disfiguring accident in The Horse Whisperer (1998), and she gained further attention as cynical teen outcast Rebecca in Ghost World (2001).

Johansson came into her own playing more adult roles, notably that of the disillusioned Charlotte, a young woman bored with her life and her marriage who starts a complicated relationship with a middle-aged man (played by Bill Murray) in Lost in Translation (2003), and Griet, a housemaid who bewitches painter Johannes Vermeer(Colin Firth) in the historical drama Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003). In 2005 she appeared to critical acclaim in director Woody Allen’s Match Point, and she later starred in his films Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Also in 2005 she costarred in her first big-budget action movie, The Island, alongside Ewan McGregor. Johansson continued to explore her acting range in the period drama The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), the romanticcomedy He’s Just Not That into You (2009), and the heartwarming drama We Bought a Zoo (2011).

In 2010 she made her Broadway debut in A View from the Bridge and won a Tony Award for best actress. That same year she appeared in the action film Iron Man 2 as Natasha Romanoff, a secret agent otherwise known as the Black Widow, a role she went on to reprise in the superhero blockbusters The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). She switched gears completely at the end of 2012, portraying actress Janet Leigh in the biopic Hitchcock.

The Avengers(From left to right) Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Robert Downey, Jr., as Tony Stark, and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk in The Avengers (2012), directed by Joss Whedon.Marvel Entertainment

In 2013 Johansson returned to the Broadway stage in a revival production of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Later that year she starred as a woman dating a man who is addicted to pornography in the romantic comedy Don Jon and provided the voice of a sentient computer operating system in director Spike Jonze’s romance Her. She played a mysterious alien who drives around Glasgow and abducts men in Under the Skin (2013), a kindhearted restaurant hostess in Chef (2014), a woman who develops superpowers after a mind-expanding drug enters her system in Lucy(2014), and a starlet in the Coen brothers’comedy Hail, Caesar! (2016). Johansson’s 2017 credits included Ghost in the Shell, in which she portrayed a cyborg woman who battles criminals, and Rough Night, a comedy about a bachelorette party. She later played a mother harbouring a Jewish girl in the Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit (2019).

In addition, Johansson lent her throaty voice to a number of characters, including a computer-animated version of the snake Kaa in a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and an alternative-rock singing porcupine in the animated family film Sing (both 2016). In 2018 she voiced an alluring canine in Wes Anderson’s animated feature Isle of Dogs.

Johansson also pursued opportunities aside from acting. After appearing on a charity album of star-studded song covers in 2006 and making a brief appearance singing backing vocals for the Jesus and Mary Chain at the 2007 Coachella music festival, she released her first album, a collection of Tom Waits covers called Anywhere I Lay My Head, in 2008. The following year she released an album of duets with Pete Yorn, called Break Up. The pair released the EP Apart in 2018.

LEGEND: TOM HARDY

Tom Hardy, in full Edward Thomas Hardy, (born September 15, 1977, London, England), British actor who was known for his striking good looks, idiosyncratic personality, and cerebral performances in both cult films and mainstream blockbusters.

Hardy’s childhood and early adulthood gave little indication that he would one day become a movie star. He was expelled from school, was arrested for joyriding while in possession of a gun, and became addicted to drugs and alcohol while still a teenager. In 1998 he won a televised modeling competition, which led to an industry contract. He began his acting studies at Drama Centre London but was again expelled. Nevertheless, in 2001 he earned small roles in the television miniseries Band of Brothers and in the film Black Hawk Down. Hardy’s career failed to truly take off, however, until after he entered a drug rehabilitation program in 2003 following a crack-induced collapse on a London street.

Hardy then appeared in a number of plays and British TV miniseries, notably Oliver Twist (2007; as Bill Sikes) and Wuthering Heights (2009; as Heathcliff). His first major film role was in RocknRolla (2008), in which he played Handsome Bob, a homosexual gangster, but his breakthrough came that same year with his next film, Bronson, a fictionalized biography of Charles Bronson, a man known as Britain’s most notoriousand violent prisoner. Hardy’s tour de force performance, which featured him frequently stripping down both literally and emotionally, was widely praised and led to his return to Hollywood with scene-stealing roles in the films Inception (2010) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). After starring in the well-received mixed martial arts dramaWarrior (2011) and the romantic comedy dud This Means War (2012), Hardy reunited with his Inception director, Christopher Nolan, to play Bane, the muscle-bound anarchist who faces off against Batman in the comic-book blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Following the biggest box-office hit of his career to date, Hardy made a typical (for him) move back to the art house, starring as the title character in Locke (2013), a film that takes place almost entirely in a car, with Hardy as the only character who appears on-screen for the entire movie. In 2015 he starred in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road as Max Rockatansky, a role that was made famous in the 1980s by Mel Gibson. Hardy put his own stamp on the character and helped make the film revival a massive critical and commercial hit. Also in 2015 he earned acclaim as John Fitzgerald, a villainous trapper, in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. For his performance, Hardy earned his first Academy Award nomination, for best supporting actor. In his next film, Dunkirk(2017), he portrayed a British fighter pilot involved in the evacuation of Allied troops from France during World War II. The highly praised drama was directed by Nolan. Hardy then returned to comic-book movies with Venom (2018), in which he assumed the lead role of Eddie Brock and his titular alter ego.

During this time, Hardy continued to occasionally appear on television. He had a recurring role on Peaky Blinders, a series about British gangsters in the early 1900s. With his father, Chips Hardy, and Steven Knight, he created the miniseries Taboo(2017– ). The period drama starred Hardy as an adventurer who is believed to have died but instead returns home to seek revenge against various foes.

LEGEND: CHRISTIAN BALE

Christian Bale is an English actor.

His full name is Christian Charles Philip Bale.

He was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer “Jenny” (James) and David Charles Howard Bale.

His mother was a circus performer and his father was an entrepreneur, commercial pilot and talent manager.

Bale has three sisters: : musician Erin Bale; computer professional Sharon Bale; and director/actress Louise Bale.

The family lived in different countries throughout Bale’s childhood, including Wales, England, Portugal, and the United States.

Bale acknowledged that the frequent relocation had a major influence on his career choice.

His first acting role was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982.

In 1984, he made his stage debut in The Nerd on London’s West End with Rowan Atkinson.

A role in the 1986 NBC mini-series Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986) caught Steven Spielberg’s eye, leading to Bale’s well-documented role in Empire of the Sun (1987). Bale’s remarkable performance in the war epic won him the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture and the National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance.

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The overnight stardom and mounting expectations of people backfired as he found it difficult to adjust with the newly-found fame and star status. However, he soon calmed his nerves and appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V (1989) and starred as Jim Hawkins in a TV movie version of Treasure Island (1990).

Bale appeared in such popular youth-oriented films as Newsies (1992), Swing Kids (1993), and Little Women (1994), for which actress Winona Ryder handpicked him to play Laurie.

Bale also provided the voice of Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, for the Disney animated movie Pocahontas (1995).

In 1999, Bale contributed to an all-star cast, including Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, and Rupert Everett, portraying Demetrius in an updated version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Bale roared into the next decade with a lead role in American Psycho (2000), director Mary Harron’s adaptation of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel. He researched his character by studying the novel and prepared himself physically for the role by spending months tanning and exercising in order to achieve the “Olympian physique” of the character as described in the original novel.

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His streak of success at the box office virtually ended in 2002 after his three films released for the year failed to make it to the box office, namely, Laurel Canyon, Reign of Fire and Equilibrium.

After a year’s hiatus, Bale returned in 2004 to play Trevor Reznik, the title character in the psychological thriller The Machinist. Bale gained attention for his devotion to the role and for the lengths to which he went to achieve Reznik’s emaciated, skeletal appearance. For the most part, he only ate salads and apples, chewed gum, smoked cigarettes, and drank nonfat lattes. He reduced his weight by 28.5 kg (63 pounds) in a matter of months.

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He regained the weight to portray the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman in Batman Begins(2005). The new take on the iconic superhero was a critical and commercial success.

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Bale continued to highlight his versatility, playing an obsessive magician intent on revenge in The Prestige (2006), a struggling rancher in the tense American western 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and Bob Dylan in I’m Not There (2007).

Bale reprised the role of Batman in the sequel The Dark Knight (2008). He trained in the Keysi Fighting Method, and performed many of his own stunts. The film earned more than $1 billion globally.

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Bale’s next role was the eyebrow-raising decision to take over the role of John Connor in the Schwarzenegger-less Terminator Salvation (2009), followed by a turn as federal agent Melvin Purvis in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (2009).

Bale starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell’s 2010 drama film The Fighter. Bale’s portrayal of the drug-addicted brother of a promising boxer, for which he lost 14 kg (30 pounds), was universally acclaimed: he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and 30 other awards in 2011 for the performance.

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In The Flowers of War (2011), directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, Bale starred as an American mortician who shelters a group of young women during the Nanjing Massacre.

He donned Batman’s cape once again for the final installment of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

In 2013, Bale portrayed Russell Baze in Scott Cooper’s thriller Out of the Furnace.

Bale then morphed into a bloated, swaggering con artist in director David O. Russell’s American Hustle (2013), for which he received an Oscar nomination for best actor. For this role he gained 20 kg (43 pounds), shaved his head to yield a realistic comb over, and affected a slouch shortening his height by 7.6 centimeters (3 inches), which resulted in a herniated disc.

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In 2015, portrayed an eccentric money manager in the black comedy The Big Short, about the 2008 financial crisis. The film earned Bale nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In the same year Bale appeared in Knight of Cupsdirected by Terrence Malick.

Bale then played a journalist in The Promise (2016), about a love triangle during the Armenian Genocide.

Christian Bale has an estimated net worth of $80 million.

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Bale has been married to Sandra “Sibi” Blažić, a former model and personal assistant, since 2000. The couple have two children: daughter Emmaline (born 2005), and son Joseph (born 2014).

Bale has resided in Los Angeles since 1992.

Bale has been described in the media as one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation.

Toward the end of the 1990s, with the rise of the Internet, Bale found himself becoming one of the most popular online celebrities around, though he, with a couple notable exceptions, maintained a private, tabloid-free mystique.

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Christian is active in many organizations, including Ark Trust, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Foundation, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the Redwings Sanctuary, and the Happy Child Mission, and a school for street kids in Rio De Janeiro.

With Batman Begins (2005), he has become the seventh actor to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in a live-action film.

He is the first non-American actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne.

He replaced Leonardo DiCaprio for the film American Psycho (2000).

Bale beat out nearly 4,000 other auditions for the role of Jim Graham in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun (1987).

While working on Schindler’s List (1993), Steven Spielberg paid a visit to Bale on the set of Swing Kids (1993), as both movies were partially filmed in Prague.

He is still an avid motorcyclist he but gave up track racing after getting into multiple accidents and receiving a steel plate for his broken wrist, a titanium clavicle and 25 screws for his hand. At one
point he also lost the top of his finger but it was later reattached.

Bale is an excellent horseman and an avid reader.

He is an avid fan of video games and cites Super Mario as one of his all-time favorites growing up.

His fans refer to themselves as “Baleheads”.

LEGEND: MICHAEL CAINE

Michael Caine is a distinguished actor renowned for his Cockney accent and powerful depiction of roles. He was born as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in a working class family in South East London and was named after his father, who was a porter at a fish market. From there he rose to become one of the most celebrated stars in the English as well as American entertainment industry. In a career spanning almost sixty years, Caine has appeared in around 115 films and earned numerous awards and nominations. Today, he is regarded as a British film icon and is ranked as the ninth highest grossing box office star. In spite of such adulation, he still remains a family oriented private person much interested in charity work. Although he had to change his name in the beginning of his career he never forgot his root and so when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, he accepted the honor as Maurice Micklewhite. Apart from being an established actor, Caine is also a reputed writer and has authored nine books, which includes his autobiographies ‘What’s It All About’ and ‘The Elephants to Hollywood’.

  • On being discharged from the national service in 1954 Michael first obtained a job of an assistant stage manager at Westminster Repertory in Horsham, Sussex. According to the terms and conditions, he was also required to perform some walk-on parts for the company. Later, he shifted to Lowestoft Repertory in Sufolk.
  • Some time now, he also realized that to succeed in the entertainment industry he needed to change his name. He first became Michael Scot and then inspired by Humphrey Bogart’s film ‘The Caine Mutiny’ (1954), he changed his name to Michael Caine.
  • In 1956, Michael Caine made his film debut with ‘Panic in Parlour’. But since he played the part of an un-credited sailor, ‘A Hill in Korea’, also released in 1956, is considered to be his debut film.
  • Around the same time, he also started appearing in small roles in television series. His first role on the television was in ‘Adventure of Sir Lancelot’. However, in this program he appeared as Michael Scot and therefore ‘The Lark’ episode of BBC Sunday Night Theatre was actually his television debut as Michael Caine.

  • The first ten years of Caine’s acting life were really hard. He kept appearing in several films, television and radio programs as well as in stage productions. His big break came in 1963, while he was playing Meff in ‘Next Time I’ll Sing to You’, a Cockney comedy at Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly.
  • Stanley Baker, who was producing a film on the historical battle between the British and the Zulus, offered him the part of a cockney soldier in his film ‘Zulu’. Since the role had already been assigned to another Cockney actor Caine got the role of a snobbish, upper class officer.
  • ’Zulu’, premiered on 22 January 1964 received extremely positive reviews. Moreover, the film helped Caine to receive international attention. In the same year, he also appeared as Horatio in ‘Hamlet at Elsinore’, produced by BBC in association with Danish radio.
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  • However, it was his next film ‘The Ipcress File’ (1965), which actually made him a star. His depiction of Harry Palmer earned him his first BAFTA nomination. Incidentally, he went on to play Palmer in four other films; ‘Funeral in Berlin’ (1966), ‘Billion Dollar Brain’ (1967), ‘Bullet to Beijing’ (1995) and ‘Midnight in Saint Petersburg’ (1995).

  • The romantic comedy drama film ‘Alfie’ (1966) was another of his major works of this period. In this film, Caine played the role of a womanizing chauffeur Alfie Elkins and earned two awards and three nominations, including the nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • In the same year, Caine traveled to the USA on the request of Shirley MacLaine and appeared as Harry Tristan Dean, opposite her, in ‘Gambit’. The film was highly successful and Caine received his second Golden Globe Award nomination.
  • The film was followed by few other hits like ‘Funeral in Berlin’ (1966), ‘Play Dirty’ (1969), ‘Battle of Britain’ (1969), ‘Too Late the Hero’ (1970), ‘The Last Valley’ (1971) and ‘Get Carter’ (1971), ‘The Eagle Has Land (1976), ‘The Silver Bears’ (1978), ‘California Suit’ (1978), Bridge Too Far’ (1977) etc.
  • Although he received critical acclaim for his roles in all of these films, two of his best works in 1970s were ‘Sleuth’ (1972) and ’The Man Who Would Be King’ (1975). Appearing as Milo Tindle in ‘Sleuth’ he received his second Academy nomination along with costar Oliver Lawrence. . .
  • Caine began the 1980s with box office hits like ‘Dressed to Kill’ (1980), ‘The Island’ (1980), ‘Educating Rita’ (1983) etc. Ultimately, it was ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ (1986), which earned him his first Academy Award. Few Other significant works of this decade were ‘Mona Lisa’ (1986), ‘Jaws, The Revenge’ (1987), ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988).
  • Subsequently, Caine slowed down a bit, appearing in mediocre films for better part of the 1990s. Then 1998 onwards he experienced a resurgence in his career. His next two films ‘Little Voice’ (1998) and. ‘The Cider House Rules’ (1999) earned him several awards and nominations.
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  • He began the next millennium with a period drama film, ‘Quills’, which was a huge hit at the box office. It was followed by many more hit films such as ‘Miss Congeniality’ (2000), ‘Last Orders’ (2001), ‘The Quiet American’ (2002), ‘Secondhand Lions’ (2003), “Around the Bend’ (2004), and ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008).
  • ’Inception’, a 2010 multi starrer, was another of his noteworthy works. Although he did not get any award for it, he received number of nominations for his role of Professor Stephen Miles. His last released film is ‘The Last Witch Hunter’.

Fact 1
Michael Caine performed in the film “Hurry Sundown” in 1967. This was the first film that he played a role wherein he used an American accent.

Fact 2
During the early years of his career Michael Caine was roommates with actor Terence Stamp in London.

Fact 3
Stanley Caine, the younger brother of Michael Caine has appeared in three films that he has appeared in. These are “Billion Dollar Brain,” “Play Dirty,” and “The Italian Job”.

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Michael Caine appeared in three films during the beginning years of his career that have been remade. These films are “Alfie,” “The Italian Job,” and “Get Carter”.

Fact 5
The very first film that Michael Caine appeared in was “Hell in Korea”, which was released in 1956.

Fact 6
Michael Caine is just this actor’s stage name. His real name is Maurice Micklewhite. He uses his real name in his day-to-day life.

Fact 7
Michael Caine was friends with John Wayne. He visited the actor several times while he was dying of cancer.

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In 1972 Michael Caine was offered a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy”. He turned down the role.

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Michael Caine has revealed that his inspiration for acting was Humphrey Bogart.

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Out of all of the films that Michael Caine has appeared in he says that “Educating Rita” is his favorite.

LEGEND: RAY WINSTONE

Ray Winstone was born on February 19, 1957, in Hackney Hospital in London, England, to Margaret (Richardson) and Raymond J. Winstone. He moved to Enfield, at age seven, where his parents had a fruit and vegetable business. He started boxing at the age of twelve at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing Club, was three times London Schoolboy Champion and fought twice for England, UK. In ten years of boxing, he won over 80 medals and trophies.

Ray studied acting at the Corona School before being cast by director Alan Clarke as Carlin in the BBC Play production of Scum (1979). He has appeared in numerous TV series over the past 20 years including Robin Hood(1984), Palmer (1991), Birds of a Feather (1989), Between the Lines (1992), Ghostbusters of East Finchley (1995), Births, Marriages and Deaths (1999), and Vincent (2005). His film career has burgeoned since his award-winning role in Gary Oldman‘s Nil by Mouth (1997), and he has appeared in multiple films including Fanny and Elvis (1999), Tim Roth‘s The War Zone (1999), The Departed (2006), Hugo (2011), and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). Known for his signature gritty voice, Winstone has also done a number of voiceover roles including Rango (2011), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), as well as the Beowulf (2007) film and video games.

He married Elaine Winstone in 1979, and the couple have three children: Lois Winstone (born 1982), a singer with the London-based hip-hop group “Crack Village” who also played his on-screen daughter in Last Orders (2001) and got a part in four episodes of The Bill (1984), Jaime Winstone (born 1985) also an actress with ambitions to be a director, and Ellie Rae Winstone (born 2001).

Fast Facts

  • Joined the Repton Amateur Boxing Club in London at age 12, winning 80 out of 88 fights over 10 years.
  • Three-time London Schoolboy Champion.
  • Represented England twice as a welterweight.
  • Went to the movies weekly with his father; often they would sit through the films twice.
  • Enrolled at the Corona Stage Academy in 1974, but was expelled for puncturing the headmistress’ tires as revenge for being excluded from the Christmas party.
  • First big role came when he accompanied a friend to an audition—and then was cast by the director—for the 1977 British TV-movie Scum, which was so violent that it was banned by the BBC; it was released theatrically two years later.
  • Starred as a boxer named Kenny Fox in the 1980 British series Fox.
  • During an audition for the first Star Wars prequel, asked an unimpressed George Lucas if he needed a nap (Winstone did not get the part).
  • After twice being declared bankrupt, revived his career with a role in Kathy Burke’s 1990 play, Mr. Thomas, which eventually led to a part in Gary Oldman’s 1997 directorial debut, Nil by Mouth.
  • During his audition for 2006’s The Departed, director Martin Scorsese complimented him on his brown leather jacket and asked if he would wear it during filming. When Winstone said yes, Scorsese told him he got the part.

Awards

  • 2007, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee
  • 2005, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actor: Nominee
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Lois Winstone — Daughter
  • Raymond John Winstone — Father
  • Jaime Winstone — Daughter
  • Elaine McCausland Winstone — Wife
  • Margaret Richardson Winstone — Mother
  • Ellie Rae Winstone — Daughter