Birth Name: Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
Place of Birth: St. Olave Bermondsey, London, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 14 March, 1933
Ethnicity: English, Irish
Michael Caine is a British actor and author. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999).
He is the son of Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell) and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite. His brother was actor Stanley Caine. Michael is married to Indo-Guyanese-British actress and model Shakira Caine. He has a daughter with his former wife, actress Patricia Haines; and a daughter with Shakira.
Michael has English and Irish ancestry. On Inside the Actors Studio (2000), Michael stated that his father had Romani ancestry. It is not clear if this Romani ancestry has been verified/documented. He has said this on other occasions.
Michael’s surname was spelled Mickelwait several generations back.
Michael’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Henry Micklewhite (the son of Joseph Henry Micklewhite and Catherine Martha Turner). Michael’s grandfather Joseph was born in St. Saviour Southwark, London, England. Michael’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of George Gilham Scott Mickelthwaite and Emma Russell.
Michael’s paternal grandmother was Johanna/Hannah/Hanna Regan (the daughter of Maurice Regan and Ellen Regan). Johanna was born in St. Saviour Southwark, London, England. Michael’s great-grandfather Maurice was the son of Irish parents, Timothy Regan and Hannah Drummony. Ellen was the daughter of Dennis Regan and Mary, who were from Cork, Ireland.
Michael’s maternal grandparents may have been Albert Burchell and Mary Ann Sullivan.
Michael attended the Hackney Downs Grocers’ School, which had many Jewish students. While there, he learned to speak Yiddish.
Michael’s paternal grandmother, Johanna/Hannah/Hanna Regan, on the 1881 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org