How much is Michael Caine worth?
|Net Worth:||$75 Million
|Date of Birth:||March 14, 1933|
Who Is Michael Caine
Michael Caine is an English actor who has become famous for his distinctive cockney accent and starring in several high grossing films over the past 60 years. The actor is still working today with a massive 130 movies under his belt, and in total, his films have grossed a combined eight billion dollars worldwide, making him the 20th highest grossing box office star in history. In his later years, Caine became somewhat of a household name in action movies after becoming close with celebrated movie director, Christopher Nolan, and was involved in the billion-dollar The Dark Knight trilogy. Caine’s most popular movies include Alfie, The Italian Job, The Muppets Christmas Carol, and The Dark Knight.
As of 2020, Michael Caine has a net worth of $75 million dollars.
How Did Michael Caine Get So Rich?
During his whole time in the industry, the actor has been completely transparent as to why he has worked on some of the movie in his filmography, and it’s no secret that he has accepted roles for the only purpose of collecting a pay-check. Caine has elaborated that he only chooses great roles, but if there aren’t any, then he chooses the OK roles, and if there are none of those available, he’ll choose “the ones that pay rent.” However, the rent part is hyperbole, as Caine states that though he has never seen Jaws: The Revenge, he knows it’s terrible, but with his salary he was able to build his own house. His other movies he starred in only for the money are Ashanti, The Island, and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.
But of the hundreds of millions of dollars Caine has earned from his time spent on Hollywood sets, not all of them are bad experiences. Taking a look at how his movies perform at the box office show how financially successful the actor has been in the past. Austin Powers In Goldmember made close to $300 million, Now You See Me made $350 million, and Kingsman: The Secret Service made $410 million worldwide. But the best performance Caine has scene at the box office is with The Dark Knight trilogy, which has made a whopping $2.5 billion globally.
Why Is He So Famous?
Caine’s first movie that skyrocketed him to stardom and cemented him as the king of cool and Britain’s version of Steve McQueen was Alfie in 1966, in which Caine played the titular character. The film grossed over $18 million off its low budget of $800,000. Following that, Caine led a band of conmen in one of the most thrilling, exciting, and hilarious heist movies of not only the sixties, but of all time, in The Italian Job. The 1969 crime caper is popular for many things, including Caine’s line of dialogue, “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off,” which was voted the second funniest line in movie history. And the movie’s cliffhanger is one of the most talked about and debated endings to a film there has ever been.
The following couple of decades saw Caine widen his net and take on a more varied bunch of roles other than his cockney charmer archetype. 1983 saw the release of Educating Rita, a BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated movie co-starring Julie Walters about an English Literature teacher and a working-class Liverpudlian hairdresser, with neither of whom being happy with their lives. Caine continued down the avenue of existential comedy-dramas by working with the king of existential comedy-dramas, Woody Allen, and starring in Hannah and Her Sisters alongside Mia Farrow and Carrie Fisher. For his role in the movie, the cockney actor won his first Academy Award.
The 90s were quiet for Caine, and he struggled to get many major roles. His most successful movie of that decade was The Muppet Christmas Carol in 1992, but after that he wouldn’t see the same success again until the 2000s. However, when 2005 arrived, audiences enjoyed a Michael Caine Renaissance, as working with Christopher Nolan reignited the flame inside Caine to act. Caine took on the role of Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler in Nolan’s Batman Begins, and he reprised the role for two sequels, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Since then, Caine has starred in every single Nolan movie (except for the war epic, Dunkirk,) from the dream heist thriller Inception, to the planet trotting Interstellar.
What Makes Caine So Successful?
In the 60s, every man want to be him and every woman wanted to be with him. Caine quickly became a British cultural icon, and he was the first ever actor to keep their cockney accent, which has become somewhat of a calling card for the actor. Choosing to keep his accent was extremely risky at the time, as this was when British actors who only spoke the proper Queen’s English would be looked at as professional.
Besides his accent, which some people might see as nothing more than a novelty, Caine has been so successful because of his dynamic acting skills. And whether it’s a critical darling that will soak up all the Oscars come awards season, or some high-octane action fodder, the British actor treats the work in the exact same way. When playing Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol, Caine explained that he would act as if he was playing Scrooge for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and he will not do anything, in his words, “muppety.” He played Scrooge in the most dramatic way possible, and Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets, was in complete agreement.
Caine’s personal bond with director Christopher Nolan ushered in a wave of new movies led by Caine in his career. The actor has claimed that his role of Alfred in The Dark Knight trilogy is “one of the greatest things I have done in my life.” And he’s right, as his work with Nolan completely changed the perception audiences had of him, and though he may be seen as the charismatic king of cool to one generation, he is now seen as the British elder statesman to a new generation.
Thanks to his cheeky cockney accent, his commitment to the art, and his industry relationships, Caine is one of just four actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award in five different decades. With a mix of both classics and box office Goliaths under his belt, Michael Caine reportedly has an estimated net worth of $75 million. Currently, Caine can be seen in Tenet, the new Christoper Nolan movie, of course, which is in theatres now. In 2021, the actor will be hard at work as he is set to star in Medieval and Twist, and adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.