1. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon.
2. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu .
3. He achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
4. Having by that time practically retired from acting on the big screen, he enjoyed a career resurgence in the late 1990s, receiving his second Golden Globe Award for his performance in Little Voice in 1998 and receiving his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules the following year.
5. As of 2015, films in which he has starred have grossed over $7.4 billion worldwide.
6. Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s .
7. In 2000, Caine was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema.
8. He then worked briefly as a filing clerk and messenger for a film company in Victoria Street and film producer Jay Lewis in Wardour Street.