My name is Michael Caine … actor changes name due to ISIS
Frustrated by increased airport security checks, actor Maurice Micklewhite has decided to replace his birth name with his showbiz moniker for good
Friday 22 July 2016 – The Guardian
His name is – now officially – Michael Caine. The legendary British actor, born Maurice Micklewhite, has legally changed his name to the showbiz moniker he adopted in 1954 because of the rise in airport security checks prompted by Islamic State.
“An airport security guard would say, ‘Hi, Michael Caine,’ and suddenly I’d give him a passport with a different name on it,” Caine said. “I could stand there for an hour. So I changed my name.”
The 83-year-old began his acting career on the Sussex stage as Michael Scott. He was required to change his handle after moving to London, where another Michael Scott was already treading the boards. During a harried call to his agent he looked outside the telephone box and saw a poster for the Humphrey Bogart naval drama The Caine Mutiny.
“I was opposite the Odeon and I looked up, and my favourite actor is Humphrey Bogart, and there it was,” Caine said.
Caine, who had hinted he might retire after his appearance in the magician crime caper Now You See Me 2, has signed up to play General Anton Vincent in the US comedy Coup d’Tat. Vincent is a dictator who, after being ousted by his people, turns up on the doorstep of a US high-schooler who wrote to him as a homework assignment.
Further reading: Michael Caine: the class act that enjoys the political fray
Editor’s Note: Michael Caine is married to Guyana-born Shakira Baksh
Michael Caine has never cheated on his wife of 35 years
Michael Caine is such a sweet old guy. He recently sat down for an interview with The Daily Mirror, and he mostly talked about how much he loves his wife of 35 years, Shakira Caine. It’s actually Caine’s second marriage, but the way he talks about Shakira, it makes me a little swoony.
Micheal Caine is a two-time Oscar winner who has starred in films with some of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. He says that he enjoys working with these beautiful women, but that his greatest “temptation” was always at home – his wife. Shakira was a beauty queen and then a jewelry designer (before everyone was designing jewelry), but now she simply travels when Michael travels, and stays home when he’s home, so they can always be together. Here’s part of The Daily Mirror’s interview: [read more]