Michael Caine photographed at an event. (Image courtesy: AFP)
Veteran British actor Michael Caine, a Hollywood icon with a decades-spanning career littered with awards and acclaim, revealed on Saturday that he has retired from acting at the age of 90. The Oscar-winner bows out following another widely-praised performance in his final film, The Great Escaper, which was released on October 6. In it he plays real-life World War II British veteran Bernie Jordan, who escaped from an elderly residential care home to attend 2014 D-Day celebrations in France.
"I keep saying I'm going to retire. Well I am now," Michael Caine told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"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."
A prolific actor known for his amiable Cockney persona and deadpan acting style, Michael Caine has appeared in more than 160 films during his seven-decade career.
Possessing one of Hollywood's most recognisable - and imitated - voices, he has long enjoyed iconic status in Britain, where he became a defining face of the so-called Swinging Sixties.
His filmography includes classic films ranging from Zulu and The Italian Job to more recently appearing in Interstellar and The Dark Knight franchise, alongside Christian Bale.
A six-time Oscar nominee - who has won two Academy Awards, in 1986 (Hannah and Her Sisters) and 2000 (The Cider House Rules) - he has also earned Golden Globes, BAFTAs and numerous other gongs.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. Michael Caine's acting retirement announcement comes a month before his first novel, Deadly Game, is scheduled for release.
He revealed in June that it had been a long-held ambition to write a thriller, noting it is the genre he most enjoys reading.
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