Legendary Actor Sir Michael Caine Retires from the Big Screen at 90

The veteran British actor, Sir Michael Caine, has officially retired from acting following the release of his latest film. At the age of 90, Sir Michael informed the BBC about his retirement plans, stating, “I keep saying I’m going to retire. Well, I am now.”

With a storied career that includes accolades such as Oscars, Golden Globes, and Bafta awards, Sir Michael has an extensive filmography that spans seven decades. His work ranges from classic films like “Zulu” and “The Italian Job” to more recent appearances in “Interstellar” and “The Dark Knight” franchise, where he starred alongside Christian Bale.

Throughout his career, Sir Michael appeared in over 160 films. His final film, “The Great Escaper,” released on October 6, features him in the role of real-life World War Two veteran Bernie Jordan, who escaped from a care home to attend D-Day celebrations in France.

As he explained on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, “The only parts I’m liable to get now are 90-year-old men. Or maybe 85. They’re not going to be the lead. You don’t have leading men at 90; you’re going to have young handsome boys and girls. So I thought, I might as well leave with all this.”

Interestingly, Sir Michael initially turned down the role in “The Great Escaper” three times, as he considered himself retired. In the film, he stars alongside Glenda Jackson, who passed away in June after the film’s completion.

Sir Michael’s retirement announcement coincides with the scheduled release of his novel, “Deadly Game,” which is set to come out in a month. The novel follows the adventures of DCI Harry Taylor, a detective with no regard for bureaucratic red tape or political reputations. In June, Sir Michael expressed his ambition to write a thriller, a genre he particularly enjoys reading, and he looked forward to introducing readers to the character of Harry Taylor.