Born Maurice Micklewhite in London's impoverished East End, Michael Caine went on to become one of the world's most versatile, enduring, best-loved actors. This biography looks at the intriguing life and career of the two-time Oscar winner.With more films to his name than years—including Alfie, Get Carter, A Bridge Too Far, Cider House Rules, The Quiet American, and The Weatherman—a prestigious knighthood, two Oscars, and countless other awards, Michael Caine is one of the most esteemed actors of his day. Having maintained the balance of critical respect and unswerving popularity, he has established himself as a performer of the highest rank. In this in-depth biography, William Hall sketches a picture of a man who has achieved his success through a mixture of innate talent, cool charm, barbed wit, and shrewd intelligence. He also reveals a man who has known his share of hard times, including the poverty of his youth and the pain of discovering his long-lost brother in a psychiatric hospital. Written by a longtime friend, this is a compelling and affectionate portrait.