Legendary British actor, Sir Michael Caine has retired from acting at the age of 90, confirming the news in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today show on Saturday.
“I keep saying I’m going to retire. Well, I am now,” Caine said.
His final turn on screen is in Oliver Parker’s “The Great Escaper,” a biographical film about World War II veteran Bernard Jordan breaking out of a care home to attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in 2014.
Caine has had an incredible career and he only has happy memories of it.
“I’ve figured, I’ve had a picture where I’ve played the lead and it’s got incredible reviews,” Caine said.
“The only parts I’m likely to get now are old men, 90-year-old men, maybe 85. And I thought, ‘Well, I might as well leave with all this — I’ve got wonderful reviews. What have I got to do to beat this?’”
He added, “You don’t have leading men at 90, you’re going to have young handsome boys and girls.”
Caine’s career has traversed several decades and genres. He became a household name in the 1960s starring in classic films like “Zulu” and “The Italian Job.”
He has teamed several times with Christopher Nolan, playing Alfred Pennyworth in the director’s “Batman” films and also appearing in “Inception” and “Interstellar,” among other Nolan titles. He’s been featured in comedies like “Alfie” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and “Cider House Rules” (2002). Caine was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He still think older people should be portrayed on screen.
“With me, it’s not quite as diminishing as you think,” he explained. “I remember when I was young talking to old men of 90 and they weren’t a little bit like me. They were little tiny old men with humped shoulders…And I thought, I’m not like that and it’s changed.”