Sir Michael Caine's Freedom of the City of London is the latest in a long list of honours for the Bermondsey boy turned Hollywood star.

Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite in 1933 to a fish porter and a cleaner when international stardom did not seem on the cards.

He went to Germany and Korea on national service before returning to London to fulfil his dream of an acting career in various productions.

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Michael Caine poses for a portrait circa 1960

After several theatre roles he changed his name, creating a new identity inspired by the film The Caine Mutiny.

Following his marriage to Patricia Haines in 1954, his first film role came in 1956 in A Hill in Korea with George Baker and Stanley Baker.

His big break followed in 1964 with the part of Lieutenant Bromhead in Zulu.

Caine was reportedly disliked by studio executives and vomited with nerves on seeing the rushes.

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Michael Caine as Alfie with the cast of the movie of the same name

However, his much celebrated performance was followed by a lead role in 1966's Alfie, which catapulted him to super-stardom playing a womanising Cockney wastrel with innocence and impudent humour.

In the annual British Film critics' poll, it was voted Best Picture of the Year.

Alfie also gave him his first Academy Award nomination and the New York Critics' Prize for best actor.

After his divorce in 1962, Caine married Shakira Bakshin in Las Vegas in January 1973, before the birth of his second daughter Natasha in July of that year.

In 1983, he was awarded the Bafta for best actor for his role in Educating Rita, followed four years later by his first Oscar for best supporting actor for Hannah and her Sisters.

In 1992, he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, before he received a knighthood in 2000.

That same year he was awarded his second Oscar for best supporting actor for The Cider House Rules and given a Fellowship by British Academy of Film and Television Awards.

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Michael Caine with his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor which he won for his role in the film The Cider House Rules

After appearing in more than 100 films, he has continued to star in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters in later life, including Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and Inception.

His latest offering, Now You See Me, starring Morgan Freeman and Jesse Eisenberg, is set for release in June.

PICTURES: Sir Michael Caine Through The Years...

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  • Entertainment - Shirley Maclaine Tribute Lunch - Hilton, London

    Shirley Maclaine greets Michael Caine before the Variety Club of Great Britain's tribute lunch to her at the London Hilton.

  • Royalty - Duke of Edinburgh's 70th Birthday - Roger Moore and Michael Caine - Berkshire

    Actors Roger Moore and Michael Caine in the grounds of Windsor Castle. They were taking part in a charity gala evening to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh's 70th birthday.

  • Entertainment - Michael Caine - Pavarotti Concert - Hyde Park, London

    Actor Michael Caine and his wife Shakira brave the wet weather to hear Luciano Pavarotti sing at tonight's open air concert in Hyde Park.

  • Film - Michael Caine and Bobby Moore - Escape to Victory premiere - Leicester Square, London

    Actor Michael Caine, left, and footballer Bobby Moore in Leicester Square, London. Later in the week they line-up together for the Charity Premiere of Escape to Victory at the Odeon on Thursday. The duo star as Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during World War II. The film sees them play as team-mates in a football team made up of Allied prisoners of war who are challenged by a German side to an exhibition match.

  • MICHAEL CAINE & JASON CONNERY

    MICHAEL CAINE (L) AND JASON CONNERYTAKE A BREAK IN FILMING OF "BULLET TOBEIJING", WHICH REVIVES ONE OF CAINESMOST FAMOUS ROLES. THE FILM SEES THERETURN OF SPY HARRY PALMER, WITH AYOUNGER SIDEKICK PLAYED BY CONNERY.

  • MICHAEL CAINE & LEADING LADIES

    MICHAEL CAINE STARS IN THE FILMPRODUCTION OF 'ALFIE' AS A FUN-LOVINGCOCKNEY WHO HAS A TALENT WITH WOMEN.HE IS PICTURED WITH TWO OF HIS SEVENLEADING LADIES, JANE ASHER (LEFT) ANDJULIA FOSTER.

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    FILM STAR MICHAEL CAINE.

  • MICHAEL CAINE, GREGORY PECK

    MICHAEL CAINE, GREGORY PECK & THEIRWIVES SHAKIRA & VERONIQUE RESPECTIVELY,DURING THE 1ST CARL FOREMAN AWARDS ATBAFTA, PICCADILLY.

  • MICHAEL CAINE, ACTOR.

    FIFTY-SIX YEAR OLD ACTOR, MICHAELCAINE.

  • BOB HOSKINS AND MICHAEL CAINE

    ACTOR BOB HOSKINS MEETS UP WITH MICHAELCAINE (R) AT A VARIETY CLUB TRIBUTELUNCHEON HELD IN HIS HONOUR AT THESAVOY IN LONDON.

  • MICHAEL CAINE - DINE-A-MITE

    MICHAEL CAINE LAUNCHES "THE WORLD'SBIGGEST PARTY", A CHARITY EVENT CALLEDDINE-A-MITE WHICH RELIES ON PEOPLEDINING OUT TO RAISE MONEY FOR THEHOMELESS.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 28/06/67 of Sir Michael Caine on arrival at Heathrow Airport, London after filming in Spain. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 04/07/1965 of Sir Michael Caine as Alfie with the cast of the movie of the same name. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 20/07/70 of actor Sir Michael Caine. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 01/03/10 of the Prince of Wales meeting Sir Michael Caine at the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards in London. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 07/12/05 of Cherie Blair feeling Sir Michael Caine's beard at a reception of the EastWest Institute's 25th Annual Gala Dinner in London. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 08/04/10 of David Cameron with Sir Michael Caine, at the launch of the National Citizen Service at the Conservative Party HQ in London. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 27/03/2000 of British actor, Sir Michael Caine with his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor which he won for his role in the film The Cider House Rules. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 22/07/10 of Sir Michael Caine arriving for a reception for the National Citizen Service programme at 10 Downing Street in London. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 13/10/87 of Sir Michael Caine at the announcement for his part of Inspector Frederick Abberline in a Thames TV four-part drama to be filmed of the story of Jack the Ripper. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 01/10/03 of Sir Michael Caine standing below the plaque he unveiled, to mark his birthplace at the site of the former St Olave's hospital in Rotherhithe, south east London. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 28/05/87 of Sir Michael Caine in London for the charity premiere of his new film The Whistle Blower. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 16/11/2000 of Sir Michael Caine with his wife Shakira at Buckingham Palace in London, after receiving a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 09/04/2000 of Sir Michael Caine with his wife Shakira and daughter Natasha arriving at the BAFTA's. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 16/05/05 of Sir Michael Caine with his star on the newly opened Avenue Of Stars, outside the actors' church, St.Pauls, in London. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 16/11/2000 of Sir Michael Caine at Buckingham Palace in London, after receiving a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

  • City honour for Sir Michael Caine

    Embargoed to 1430 Friday March 8 File photo dated 12/05/12 of Sir Michael Caine prior to being awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Southwark at St George's Cathedral, London. Sir Michael Caine was awarded the Freedom of the City of London today as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.

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