Michael Caine, an English actor, has played a staggering variety of diverse roles over the course of a career spanning eight decades and more than 160 movies. He became a symbol of the ‘swinging sixties’ throughout the 1960s as a result of his roles in films like Alfie, The Italian Job, and The Ipcress File.
Even at the age of 90, he has continued to enjoy success by appearing in films like Get Carter, Dressed to Kill, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Educating Rita.
But in the glitzy world of Hollywood, where legends are created and friendships are formed, random encounters can result in events that change one’s life. Such was the case for Caine as a result of his friendship with the late singer Frank Sinatra, when the former unintentionally became involved in the world of the Mafia.
The Italian Job star, who is also best known for his role as a London gangster (Jack Carter) in Get Carter, claimed that he first came into contact with a mobster after traveling to Sin City with Sinatra.
Frank Sinatra Introduced Michael Caine To ‘Every Mafia Guy In Las Vegas’
One enchanted evening, while both were taking in the sights and sounds of Sin City, Frank Sinatra made the decision to show Michael Caine the true essence of Las Vegas. Little did the Alfie actor realize that his first encounter with the dark side of the city would end up being one of his most enduring memories. He recently shared this with The Daily Telegraph:
“I’ll tell you who liked a laugh – Frank Sinatra. He was very nice, he became my friend, and he loved to laugh. But he never did many things that made you laugh. He was very tough. He took me to Las Vegas on his private plane, and then I knew every mafia guy in Las Vegas. I had dinner with them all.”
In the middle of the 1960s, Caine first met the late singer-actor, who died on May 14, 1998. At the time, the actor admitted he was appalled to be hanging out with celebrities he admired. He told The Daily Telegraph:
“It was the most incredible experience. It was like living with gods. I’d go out to a restaurant and there’d be John Wayne sitting there, all sorts of people – and they’d all say hello. They treated me as one of them! I lived there, I worked there, I occasionally won an Academy Award and all that. I was just like them.”
Because he was aware of his desire to leave a lasting legacy in the entertainment industry, Caine said he was worried about his mortality. When questioned about how he wanted to be remembered, he replied:
“Let me see? For the fact that I remained an actor all my life, and I never went into anything else. I never left, I never wanted to leave.”
Michael Caine’s Secret To Living A Long And Happy Life At 90
Michael Caine, who turned 90 this year, shared his secret to living a long and fulfilling life. He gave his tips for living a long life in an interview with Daily Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine. He listed some of them as getting younger wives, not snacking, and always wearing sneakers:
“Because as you get older, you inevitably think about dying, but as soon as you get grandchildren, your focus shifts. You think about them. You want to go on living because they are so much a part of you, and you want to live for ever to see what they do with their lives. You just want to keep going.”
He married actress and model Shakira Baksh in 1973 after seeing her in an advertisement, and the couple later had a daughter named Natasha Haleema.
Furthermore, the veteran actor questioned intimacy coordinators, claiming that they are a relatively new addition to the world of film and television production. When asked about it in an interview with the Daily Mail, Caine replied:
“Really? Seriously? What are they? We never had that in my day. Thank God I’m 90 and don’t play lovers anymore is all I can say. In my day you just did the love scene and got on with it without anyone interfering. It’s all changed.”
Caine will play Bernard Jordan in the upcoming British-French drama film The Great Escaper. The Oliver Parker movie is based on the true account of Bernard Jordan, a British World War II veteran who traveled to France at the age of 89.
The date of release is October 6, 2023.