British Acting Legend Michael Caine Announces Retirement at 90

Sir Michael Caine at the
Sir Michael Caine at the "Inception" Film4 Summer Screen screening in 2018. Photo by James Gourley/Shutterstock (9787350p)

Michael Caine’s career in Hollywood spans almost eight decades, and he’s finally ready to leave it all behind. After years of retirement rumors, the two-time Oscar winner announced his retirement at 90 and said his latest film The Great Escaper will also be his last.

Caine confirmed his retirement during a recent appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Best of Today podcast and explained why The Great Escaper felt like the perfect final film.

“I’ve played the lead and it’s got incredible reviews. The only parts I’m going to get now are old men – 90-year-old men, or maybe 85, you know – and I thought well I might as well leave with all this. I’ve got wonderful reviews. What am I going to do to beat this?” said Caine.

Caine has been acting since the ’50s, and he made history as one of five male actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in five different decades. He managed to win two Oscars for his supporting roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules.

Caine’s career experienced a true renascence during the 2000s thanks to his collaboration with the director Christopher Nolan. In addition to starring in The Dark Knight trilogy, he appeared in five of his other films: The Prestige, Inception, Dunkirk, Interstellar, and Tenet.