Michael Caine, the Brit actor famous for roles in Hannah and her sisters, Zulu, Italian Job (1969), Alfie, Educating Rita and the most recent ones including Christopher Nolan’s Prestige, Interstellar, Inception and Batman Trilogy has officially rechristened his name from Sir Maurice Joseph Micklewhite to Sir Michael Caine, his stage name.
Caine was born in London in 1933 to Maurice Joseph Micklewhite and Ellen Frances Marie Burchell. Completing his education, Caine initially served the British Army for two years before getting into acting. Taking the stage name “Michael Scott” he initially enacted the role of Hindley for the play “Wuthering Heights”.
Moving to London in search of acting offers, Caine’s agent insisted changing his stage name as there was already a Michael Scott performing at theatres. Looking for a new name while talking to his agent, Caine saw the movie “The Caine Mutiny” aired at a nearby theatre and decided to change his screen name to Michael Caine.
Though referred as Caine in movies, official records had him as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite until recently he changed his official name to Michael Caine to avoid complications during security checks at airports. Caine was quoted saying “An airport security guard would say, ‘Hi, Michael Caine,’ and suddenly I’d give him a passport with a different name on it. I could stand there for an hour.”